Careers Information, Advice and Guidance at OHS


At OHS, we provide bespoke and ambitious Careers support which uses the expertise and relationships developed by OHS staff to foster a ‘yes, I can’ attitude in our pupils and move them in a positive direction, giving them a sense of purpose and hope for the future.

What we offer….

A bespoke & ambitious offer with pupils at its core and which is:

  • Underpinned by the 8 principles outlined in the Gatsby benchmarks
  •  Integrated within the OHS Personal Development curriculum in order to provide a wide range of opportunities to develop key employability and personal skills
  • Promotes career awareness for all pupils at all key stages
  • Personalised, so that activities and support are aligned to individual need
  • Collaborative, professional support for pupils at OHS during reintegration and transition into schools, further education, employment & training

Delivered through…

  • Clear leadership roles & responsibilities within the school: Careers Leads in each setting, SLT strategic lead (Steve Lowe) and Careers Governor (Michael Goode)
  • OHS staff trained to support and deliver a bespoke programme
  • A bespoke online tool: Career Companion
  • Weekly timetabled support, alongside needs driven 1:1 sessions
  • Objectives & activities linked to the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (see diagram below)

Careers at the OHS:


The Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022 came into force on 1 September 2022 (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers). The Act amends the existing duty, in Section 42A of the Education Act 1997, that requires maintained schools, special schools and pupil referral units in England to secure independent careers guidance to pupils in school years 8 to 13. The Act extends the duty to all pupils in state-funded secondary education, meaning that schools must now secure independent careers guidance from year 7. The Act also establishes consistency across education settings by extending the statutory duty to academy schools and alternative provision academies in England.

The OHS works hard to ensure that the needs of individual pupils are met as part of its CEIG programme by adopting an individualised approach.


The following people are responsibility for Careers within the OHS:

 Strategic Lead: Steve Lowe, Email:

 Staff Leads: Highfield Unit: Mollie Tustian (, Children’s Hospital: Catherine Costello (, and Outreach: Cairo Bailey (

 Governor: Michael Goode


Careers Companion