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Careers Programme

Careers Programme

We are determined to ensure that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to investigate, research and enter their chosen professions. Below is the Careers Programme for the Academic Year 2019/2020.


Year 7

16th January 2020 – TEENTECH Day.

TeenTech is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help young people understand the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace and engender some excitement about technology and entrepreneurship.

19th March 2020- STEM Day – Robots

Year 8

5th December 2019 – STEM Day – Rockets

19th March 2020- Careers focus Day – “Learn to Earn”

In a world rapidly changing, more than ever young people need support to make informed choices about the career which is right for them. Learn to Earn provides an opportunity for all young people to understand the full range of opportunities that are available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Year 9

16th January 2019 – STEM Day – Dragsters

19th March 2020 – Options Day

All 3 local colleges, as well as local training providers and universities, are invited in to speak to Year 9 on a carousel about their future options post- 16. In the afternoon students will be involved in a careers speed networking event where they will spend time talking to a range of employers and educational providers. Year 9 students also receive information on options through an assembly as well as an Options Evening is provided where Academy staff and colleges are available to speak to.

On top of this throughout the academic year, Year 9 will have a 50-minute lesson each week which is based around Character Education. This will involve a set number of sessions around Careers. In these sessions, the following will be covered:

● Rights to work
● Challenge stereotypes/aspirations
● Different types of work
● About the labour market
● laws regarding hours of work and other rights and responsibilities
● Recognise their value to future employability

● Career Pathways


Year 10

5th December 2019- Careers focus Day – “Employability Masterclass”

This Masterclass helps students construct a good CV and consider the skills and personal qualities employers’ value and how to evidence these key skills. Business volunteers will help coach the students through an exercise to help them understand how to construct a CV, use LinkedIn and how to prepare for an interview. Students will have their own personalised resources to take away at the end of the day.

Year 10 will also be involved in College experience in the summer term. This involves visiting the 3 local colleges for taster sessions. Year 10 students opt into sessions they have an interest in studying post-16 and then are able to see what those courses entail.


Year 11

5th December 2019 – Aspirations Day

Year 11 students will also take part in Aspirations Day. Students receive a Mock Results Day experience. Local colleges and training providers are invited in to the Academy to provide information based around students mock results.

16th January 2019 – Careers focus Day – “College Applications”

Year 11 students are provided with a day to prepare and apply for their college or post-16 providers. The local colleges and training providers are invited in to the Academy to help with this.

Lunchtime college application sessions as well as a PSHE day (see above) are also provided for our Year 11 students at lunchtimes. We organise these alongside the colleges who come in to support the sessions. All students in year 11 have access to a 1:1 interview.

Colleges are invited to all Parents’ Evenings as well to be a source of information for both students and parents. Transport is provided for students and parents to attend College and University Open Days and evenings.