The Quality in Careers Standard is the single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. All state-funded secondary schools are “strongly recommended” by the Department for Education in its Statutory Guidance to work to-wards, achieve, and maintain this national Standard as part of its ‘careers strategy’. The Standard is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and complies with the DfE’s Statutory Guidance.

Our excellent careers provision has been recognised with the prestigious awarding of “The Quality in Careers Standard”. The following are just some of the positive areas identified in the report. “Careers embedded across the Curriculum with a Careers Entitlement published on the Academy Website. Good across Curriculum Plan in place ”

“Ormiston Meridian Academy has excellent plans in place to ensure several meaningful encounters take place for post 16 opportunities ”


Careers education at OMA aims to ‘ignite futures’ by connecting learning to real life contexts and ensuring students are fully prepared for an ever-changing, demanding modern world. We provide in-depth knowledge regarding the vast range of opportunities and experiences that are available to them as young adults; further education, university, apprenticeships and ultimately employment.

Monitoring of Careers

Careers at OMA are evaluated annually (August 2021). NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures are used to assess the effectiveness of the careers programme. In addition to this OMA works closely with the Local Authority to evaluate our programme. Through the close relationship with the Local Authority, OMA has been developing its careers programme to achieve the quality award in careers. This award is nationally accredited and is measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

OMA Careers Program

At Ormiston Meridian Academy (OMA) students have access to a wide range of careers activities. We actively work with a number of local further education providers and employers. Every year group is taught about potential career pathways through our in-depth PSHE programme. Topics covered include; potential career choices, alternatives to college and sixth form, post 16 options, interview skills, CV’s and personal statements, personal finance and option choices. Careers education is delivered during dedicated PSHE session (living in the wider world).

NEET Figures

The most recent NEET figure was 2%


The careers team can be contacted [email protected] or call 01782 377100

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

We are proud to work with the CEC and be part of the local CEC hub. The CEC is the national body for careers education in England, delivering support to schools and col-leges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education. Careers Hubs test, trial and evaluate what works. They are centres of excellence, helping schools and colleges to develop careers programmes that support national intent, providing local implementation that is cohesive, connected and progressive.

Careers Hubs convene and support school and college Careers Leaders, providing opportunities to collaborate and innovate together to create a world-class careers edu-cation system. They also provide access to our Cornerstone Employers who are opening the doors to the world of work for young people across England.

World of Work (WoW)

To support the development of students’ aspirations within specific curriculum areas of the academy, we have created World Of Work (WOW) fortnights.

All teachers link curriculum learning with careers during this allotted fortnight. During WOW fortnight lessons have a focus on careers in their subject e.g. careers in science.

This will gives students an insight into the different careers they could go into using each of their science qualifications.

What Options Do I have?

Vocational Learning –BTEC Diplomas

  • This is a mixture of hands on learning, classroom learning and work experience
  • You are assessed through course work and exams
  • Courses directly relate to a career in childcare, social care, I.T., hospitality and public services
  • There are different kinds of Diploma (level 1,2 and 3) depending on your GCSE results.

Academic –A Levels

  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now Linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before e.g. law, psychology and sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (grades 9-4) including Maths and English. Some colleges may ask for B(5) grades so check individual college entry requirements


  • This type of learning involves on the job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work 4 days a week with a company
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas to find out more look on the apprenticeship web site:-
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship


  • If you are ready for an apprenticeship but may benefit from some work experiences to help you secure a placement, a traineeship may be suitable

Study Programme

  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprenticeship

Careers Policy                                         Provider Access                                     Advice and Guidance

Ormiston Meridian Academy Careers Service

The Stoke-on-Trent Careers Service offers information, advice and guidance, around post 16 opportunities to young people within our academy. The service is aimed at 13-19 year olds (up to 25 for those young people with Special Educational Needs). The Careers Service will support students during their time at OMA as well as during their transition to further education providers.  The Careers Advisor is available to students all day on Monday and Wednesday in room F12 of the LRC.

The date of the next review for CEIAG can be found in the careers policy by following this link:

Careers Education Lead:

Tel: 01782 377134
Email: [email protected]

NSCG - Apprenticeship Opportunities

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Ormiston Meridian Academy are pleased to work with The Following Further and Higher Education Providers.

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