All students at MGS undertake a programme of Careers Education from Year 7-13

Our Careers Programme meets the Government’s Statutory Guidance for Careers Provision in schools and uses the internationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks to develop a careers programme that increases opportunities for students to access everything from experiences of the workplace and personal guidance with a careers adviser, to engagement with employers, colleges, training providers and universities. We use the CDI Career Development Framework to shape learning outcomes within our careers programme. The purpose of the Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a ‘positive career’.

Click here to view our Careers Programme for Each Year Group.

Every careers activity that our students undertake in school, including individual careers meetings, is recorded in their Morrisby Careers accounts, providing a comprehensive careers education record for each student.

The range of careers activities delivered at MGS is also detailed in our Careers and Work Related Learning Policy.

Maidstone Grammar School has held the Quality in Careers Standard national quality award since 2012, successfully gaining re-accreditation in 2015, 2018 and July 2023.

 Assessor comments

“Maidstone Grammar School has demonstrated a commitment to improve and develop the careers programme, despite the challenges of recent years. The careers function is now extremely well resourced, valued and supported within the school, and has the commitment and energy to deliver and support an effective whole school programme.

Students have access to a wide and varied programme of career learning in all Key Stages, and individual autonomy is encouraged. There is clear and active support from senior leadership, the governing body, and external partners. The recommendation is that the school has Fully Met all Outcomes.”

  • Students in all Key Stages were articulate and enthusiastic about their experiences of career activities and learning, and about the help they had received for their career planning
  • The careers programme is integrated into a very wide range of curriculum and super-curriculum activities, with a clear emphasis on widening horizons and raising and supporting aspirations
  • The Headteacher and senior leadership is committed to careers work to foster high aspirations, enable autonomy and broaden outlooks
  • Significant resources are allocated, with a committed, qualified and highly experienced Careers Manager, a Careers Adviser in training, curriculum & CPD time and budget for a range of activities and resources
  • Tracking and monitoring of student progress is structured and systematic using the Morrisby platform from Year 8 onwards
  • A strong ethos of evaluation and continuous improvement leads development in all aspects of the programme
  • Parents speak highly of the quality of communication, information provision and support for career learning
  • The local CEC Enterprise Coordinator has been supportive in recent development work, collaborating with school SLT and offering useful external contacts.
  • Significant enhancements recently in the careers website, employer encounters and curriculum development have served to regain an impactful and effective programme and the momentum is there to continue this journey.