Gatsby Benchmarks

We aim to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our students. We work proactively with Macclesfield Pledge, Higher Horizons, Mploy Solutions and Ask Apprenticeships to build a careers program that empowers our young people to develop skills and confidence in their future, and informs them about relevant careers and pathways that work for them.​

Our careers program is monitored termly against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (shown below). It is evaluated annually and updated using feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, and employers and our destinations data. We also gain feedback after specific events to ensure they have met our aims and to monitor impact.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from careers and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each student

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance


Destination Data

At The Macclesfield Academy we use the destinations of our students after they leave us to evaluate the effectiveness of our careers program. Destinations are frequently publicised on our website and includes apprenticeships, and other local colleges. We identify students at risk of being NEET (not in employment, education and training) before they leave us and refer to experts at Cheshire East for their support with these students before and after they leave us.

Useful Links and Resources

Find an apprenticeship 

Find an apprenticeship - GOV.UK (

National Careers Service

A comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, it gives valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.Careers advice - job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service

Cheshire and Warrington Job Opportunities Portal  

A portal with a range of information on local labour market information, including jobs, apprenticeships, and training providers.

Cheshire & Warrington Opportunities (

My Path Careers 

Information about a wide variety of interesting careers with job profiles and videos.

HOME | MYPATH Careers Resources (

Post 16 Pathways 

Post 16 options | National Careers Service

Ask Apprenticeships 

Information about different types of apprenticeships in a variety of sectors.

The ASK programme (

Higher Horizons 

Part of the Uni Connect program, offers information about higher education and how to access it.

Home - Higher Horizons

Princes Trust 

Fire and Rescue Service partnership | Uniformed services support | Support our work | The Prince's Trust (