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About Mary Cranna

My name is Mary Cranna and I am the Careers Lead at West Somerset College. The role involves working with the Careers advisor Kate Watkins to do the following:  


  • Ensuring the college has a good careers programme that meets the expectations set out in the Gatsby Benchmarks. 
  • I am also responsible for ensuring that the careers programme continuously improves and that it delivers the kinds of impacts that are needed for our young people. This means paying careful attention to feedback from all stakeholders and to the destinations of pupils. 
  • Ensuring the college has published on its website details of its careers programme and arrangements for providers of technical education or apprenticeships to talk to pupils.  
  • The destinations of young people from the college are tracked and that this information is used to improve the effectiveness of the school’s careers programme. 
  • Planning, implementing and quality assuring a careers programme for the school;  
  • managing the delivery of career guidance; networking with external partners, including employers; coordinating the contributions of careers guidance by subject teachers, tutors and SENCO. 
  • Our careers team works closely with the Careers and Enterprise company. This is an external organisation that meets with us termly and supports us to ensure that we are following the DFEs Careers Strategy.  
  • In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, I review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences. The careers governor, careers SLT member and Head of Careers review this policy annually. 


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