Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers phoenix logo 2021We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and helps them to achieve. We believe that if our students ‘can’t see it, they can’t be it’, therefore we are committed to ensuring all our students have access to as much career guidance and information as possible. We want to continue to inspire our students to reach their full career potential.

Cheam High School is committed to ensuring that students have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities and that they progress onto appropriate courses or employment on leaving the school. It is very important to us to know that all leavers have a plan for their next step.


Careers Department staff

Our careers team is made up of the following staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any enquiries at

Mr S Brewis – Assistant Headteacher (line manages Careers)

Mrs E Francis – Careers and Work Experience Coordinator

Ms I O’Brien - Independent Careers Adviser


Independent Careers Advice

The school employs an external independent adviser, to complement other careers education provided through LIFE (PSHCE) lessons, assemblies and tutor times.  Ivana O’Brien is available in school every Monday and is based in the LRC interview room. As well as one to one interviews, Ivana delivers group sessions to 6th Form students across a range of topics, from dealing with exam stress to working in Engineering. Ivana also attends 13+ and 16 + evenings. Pastoral teams also offer support for students in terms of future progression routes.

Priority Next Steps interviews are arranged for students in key Year Groups, but students can also request an interview through Mrs Francis, the Careers Coordinator. Each September, Year 11 students are prioritised for Next Steps interviews. Students are targeted based on clear identification of need and support requirements, progress is monitored and further interviews are arranged as required.


Overview of the Career Programme we offer at Cheam High School

Please see below an overview of the career programme we run across all our year groups. The programme identifies milestones and learning outcomes for each year, as well as key events and experiences your child will be taking part in throughout their time at school.

Careers programme overview yr 7 11

School Policies

The school policy on CEIAG (C06) is available on our Policies page here.

Our policy statement for provider access provides all the required information to enable providers wishing to visit the school for the purposes of sharing information directly with students. This may include providers of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships, FE & Sixth Form Colleges, HE institutions and employers. This policy (C22) can also be found on our Policies page here.