What is the Next Steps Programme?

Careers staff

Careers Leader – Mrs C Gale - nextsteps@fromecollege.org

SLT Careers Lead – Mrs V West

Careers Link GovernorMr Peter Jones

Careers Advisor - Ms Amy Lynch Meetings can be booked using the next steps email address.

To contact by telephone, please contact 01373 465353 and request to speak to the relevant person.


Next Steps

Our Careers Lead, Mrs Gale, focuses on your next steps after Frome College in terms of employability; CV and interview skills, meeting individually with students to make sure a suitable destination is being planned, organising careers talk events, co-ordinating Years 10 and 12 Work Experience, Year 10 Mock Interviews, and offering information about the Year 12 World of Work Course.

Frome College welcomes building links with local businesses who may like to give Careers Talks, Work Experience or World of Work placements or assist with the Year 10 mock interview event. If you are able to assist or would like to find out more information about the work of the Next Steps department, please email NextSteps@FromeCollege.org. 


Compass - Evaluating our careers activity

Each year our careers lead and Senior Leader responsible for careers meets with an Enterprise Co-ordinator from Heart of the South West Careers Hub to evaluate our  careers activity against the 8 Gatsby benchmarks of best practice – known as the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Please see below a copy of the latest Compass

Compass Plus Spring 2024

Careers Strategy 

"Frome College has a crucial role to play in preparing students for transitions for their next stage of education, training or employment. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) are an important and integral part of all students’ entitlement and learning here at Frome College to aid their personal development."

Careers Strategy


Throughout Year 9 to Year 13 our Careers Curriculum ensures that links in their learning, key skills and essential knowledge is identified and embedded. The ability to think more deeply about what they are learning might take them in the future allows the students to learn in a meaningful and purposeful way. This offers breadth and variety to their school experience.


Year 9

  • Students focus on settling into Frome College and start to consider their skills and enhancing these from joining clubs and taking opportunities offered to them such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. 
  • Attend three Careers Talks and start to consider their career areas of interest.
  • Complete online Unifrog Careers test and research careers of interest
  • Work Experience launch and assembly- students start to consider suitable placements to explore careers and enhance CV
  • Maximising Your Employability Presentation at Year 9 Raising Achievement Evening

Year 10

  • Presentation on what makes a good CV and why this is important
  • Presentation on ‘Writing your CV.’
  • IT room sessions to write their CV
  • All CVs marked for students to strengthen and suggestions for improvement given by business personnel
  • Interview Preparation Presentation
  • Mock Interviews arranged for every student and given by two business people, with improvement support offered
  • Attend three Career Talks
  • Work Experience presentation
  • Expectations in the Workplace Presentation
  • Week given for attending work experience in a business of their choice

Year 11

  • Assembly to highlight routes available after Year 11
  • Information sent to parents to help consider options available
  • Assembly on Sixth Form and choosing subjects
  • Apprenticeship Talks
  • Maximising Your Employability Presentation, at Raising Achievement Evening
  • Individual meeting to discuss student’s plans for post Year 11 and make sure they are appropriate for them and aspirational. Including College or workplace discussion.
  • CV improvement sessions offered as part of Careers Talks Events
  • 1-2-1 support to strengthen CV
  • Next Steps drop-in sessions, available in the Next Steps Hub at break times.
  • Attend three Career Talks

Year 12

  • Information sent to students who are on lists as interested in certain careers.
  • Advice provided regarding entry into Teaching, Law
  • Attend three Career Talks
  • Work Experience presentation
  • Expectations in the Workplace Presentation
  • Week given for attending work experience in a business of their choice
  • Apprenticeship Assemblies
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Scheme
  • Next Steps Evening (HE and Apprenticeships)
  • Trip to Bristol University and to Bristol University Apprenticeship Fair.
  • Destinations Day. A day for students to learn about university and apprenticeship routes

Year 13

  • Attend three Career Talks
  • Individual meetings with students not planning higher education to discuss destinations plans.
  • Meetings with Workplace students to strengthen CV
  • Interview skills sessions offered.
  • Students will be asked to plan out interview questions and can bring these for improvement advice
  • Mock Interviews offered.
  • Drop-in support available in the Next Steps Hub for students to research careers, look for jobs or work on job applications with support
  • Job opportunities information sent to students planning to enter the workplace.
  • Gap Year Support and Information provided to enhance employability skills during this time.