“We aim to send all young people into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it.”


Welcome to CCS Careers Advice and Support.

The Careers Office is located on the first floor. Through the Careers Office, we can offer you a range of opportunities to plan and research your future study/employment options. Please drop by at any time if you need any support or guidance, or alternatively contact us by email using the details below.

Mrs J Webster

Central Strategic Careers Lead

Mrs J Leaning

Careers Adviser

Mr A Mosley

Careers Leader

Careers Programme

We have designed a careers curriculum that values the development of the ‘able’ as much as it does ‘qualified’. We believe that both are equally important to our students in order for them to be equipped to play their full part in the world. As a Trust, we want to develop a range of attributes, skills, and behaviours that can be encouraged in the early stages of a child’s life that will leave them in the best possible position as they begin their transitions to secondary education and to future life. We believe the careers curriculum should be tailored to the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in students’ knowledge and skills. ‘Career’ describes our journey through life, learning and work. We need to actively develop our careers to make the best of them. This process of career development takes skill as well as knowledge and the right attitude. Individuals need to work on their career development skills throughout their lives. A ‘positive career’ will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way we spend our time, being able to make a contribution to our community and being able to have a decent standard of living.

Our careers curriculum ensures all students have the opportunity to explore the following learning areas as set out by the CDI: 

  • Grow throughout life – by learning and reflecting on yourself, your background and your
  • Explore possibilities – explore the full range of possibilities open to you and learn about recruitment processes and the culture of different workplaces
  • Manage career – manage your career actively, make the most of opportunities and learn
    from setbacks
  • Create opportunities – create opportunities by being proactive and building positive relationships with others
  • Balance life and work – balance your life as a worker and/or entrepreneur with your wellbeing other interests and involvement with your family and community
  • See the big picture – by paying attention to how the economy, politics and society connect with your own life and careers

Careers in the Curriculum

For the month of January, we explored the different careers in Science. Click HERE to see a round up of what we looked at.

Curriculum Newsletter


January 2024

For the month of February, we explored the different careers in MFL. Click HERE to see a round up of what we looked at.

Curriculum Newsletter


February 2024


Latest Careers News


Careers Information

Gatsby Benchmarks

At Clifton Community School, our Careers programme has the Gatsby Benchmarks at its centre.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance
Total Number of School LeaversTotal Full Time EducationSchool Sixth FormSixth Form CollegeFurther EducationApprenticeshipsFull Time TrainingEmployment Without TrainingCurrent Activity not EstablishedNEETS
July 2022 – 149112N/A43691144135
Total number of school leaversTotal Full Time EducationSchool Sixth FormSixth Form CollegeFurther EducationApprenticeshipsFull Time Training Employment without Training Current activity not Established NEETS
All Leavers July 2021150141124562417423

Our Careers information will next be reviewed in September 2024.

What Kyle Says:

I attended Clifton Community School where I studied English Language and Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Spanish, Music and PE. I left school with 2 Distinction’s*, 1
A, 6 B’s and 1 C.

I then progressed to Thomas Rotherham College to do my A levels. I studied History, Politics and Law, from which I received 3 B’s.

I am now in my third year of studying History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. My chosen career path is teaching history and politics in secondary schools.
The available careers with my degree are: Teaching, public relations/advertising, journalism, and investment banking.

My advice to current Clifton students would be: Perform at your best in all of your subjects as you will have more options available in the future. When looking at colleges, apprenticeships, or work, make sure you’re aware of what is expected so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

Finally, try and pick something that you excel in and that you think you’ll enjoy.


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