Our aim in Careers and Guidance is to prepare students for further education and employment by:
In Year 7, pupils develop their self-awareness and learn to understand their strengths – these sessions are delivered through our PSHE programme.
Our enthusiastic, talented students have the ability to be successful in many different careers. Young peoples’ ideas develop as they grow and it is essential to support and guide students in the regular reviewing of their interests, priorities and potential. The importance of work shadowing and/or work experience throughout a young person’s school and university career cannot be underestimated, especially in the current economic climate and the academy is keen to facilitate as part of the work/college experience week in Year 10 but also in assisting students to find placements in the school holidays.
We believe it is important to regularly self-review the careers programme and the information, advice and guidance that we offer our students. A formal review is undertaken at the end of the academic year by the careers team which takes into account the views of students, parents and other stakeholders. These views are sought throughout the year as events take place and are evaluated. We also review ourselves against the Gatsby Benchmarks at least twice a year.
We measure and evaluate our careers programme via the 8 GATSBY Benchmarks:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career 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
This complies with our legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997 (known as the Baker Clause).
Students in years 8-13 are entitled: