Covid-19 Restrictions

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic and not being able to welcome visitors to the academy, we are unable to engage with employers in our usual way.  This has also led to the postponement of a number of activities that usually take place throughout the academic year.  We are engaging virtually wherever possible and will keep you up to date through our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers

Our careers curriculum at Haughton Academy is designed to enable pupils to gain a wide variety of knowledge so that they are able to make informed choices when leaving school and throughout their future career paths.

Haughton Academy works with a range of colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers to ensure pupils are given a well-rounded knowledge of everything that is available to them in the future.

We endeavour to raise the aspirations of all our pupils, whilst creating strong links between the classroom and the world of work.  Pupils are encouraged to identify and acknowledge their own learning styles, skills and strengths through a range of activities and events, both in and out of school, from year 7 onwards, helping to develop employability skills and broaden horizons from an early age.

Our career guidance strategy follows the Gatsby benchmarks of good career guidance and we are currently working towards our Quality in Careers Standard.

Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff.  Please see link below for further information.

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers

Please click on the link below for our Careers Policy:

CEIAG Policy

If you have any queries please contact the academy's Careers Leader, Mrs Caroline Larsen by telephone on 01325 254000 or by email to

Provider Access Policy Statement

Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents - December 2017


General information for all groups can be found below.

Government Careers Strategy & Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government’s careers strategy aims to achieve a world-class careers system and to aid schools in meeting these requirements they advise that the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks be utilised to develop and improve careers provision. 

The Benchmarks define all the elements of an excellent careers programme, based on the best national and international research.   

Please click on the link below for the Benchmarks and the criteria that schools should be using in order to meet each Benchmark. You will also find information about how Haughton Academy are meeting the Benchmarks for each year group. 

Gatsby Benchmarks

Haughton Academy Careers Overview 2021-22 - Links to Gatsby Benchmarks

Haughton Academy Baker Clause

Destinations Good Practice Guide for Schools 

Please see link below for guidance good practice for destinations data i.e. where pupils go after leaving school.

Enterprise Adviser Network

Enterprise Adviser Network newsletter June 2018


Please see links below for the bi-monthly publication from Darlington 11-19 Partnership which showcases the opportunities offered to pupils across Darlington's schools and colleges.  Haughton Academy submit articles on a regular basis. These can be found on our Newsletter section of the website. Newsletters