Careers Advice and Post-16

Post-16 Provider Events

We aim to regularly update our list of all the upcoming Post-16 provider open evenings and events, so that students and parents/carers alike can make decisions about courses being taken at Outwood Academy Bydales, and beyond. If you are a college provider and we have missed a date, please email Mrs Claire Waites, Associate Assistant Principal who leads our Careers and Post-16 provision, or Mrs Wing, LRC Librarian.


Career Information Sessions 2016-2017 (Tuesdays 2.35-3.30pm)

We aim to run ‘Careers Information Sessions’ each Tuesday in Enrichment 2.35-3.30pm, often in partnership with Post-16 providers and increasingly with employer partners and alumni in particular career sectors. The first sessions this year are in partnership with colleagues from Prior Pursglove College, and are focussed on career choices around particular subjects that students may be interested in pursuing after post-16 and post-18 education. For more details speak to Mrs Wing (in the LRC).


Monthly Post-16 Lunchtime Drop-In Sessions – Wednesdays

Each month, we are grateful for our partner Post-16 Colleges and Apprenticeship providers, who man stands during one lunchtime on a Wednesday, to promote choices beyond GCSE, answer questions and inspire our student for their next steps. For parents, the timetable is below, if you want your son/daughter to pick up particular information.


Useful Documents

Post-16 Provider Prospectuses


The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Bydales seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

We are currently working with the following provider:

CareersInc is a support service for young people that provides advice, guidance, support and personal development services for all 13-19 year olds.

As a student at Outwood Academy Bydales you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

• is personal to you and always puts your interests first
• motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities beyond Outwood Academy Bydales
• helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
• provides the support you need to be successful
• helps you access any additional support you might need
• is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and
• understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
• protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent

Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:

• information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future
• activities and events such as careers fairs
• access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, Careers Club Enrichment (open to all year groups – Mondays 2:30-3:30pm) lunchtime drop-in sessions (open to all year groups Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), learning pathway planning and results days
• careers information and IT based careers programmes
• information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites
• providing access to detailed information and resources to take away on various jobs, colleges, training providers and Universities through our Careers Corner in the LRC Library

Careers Advisor Colleagues 2016-2017

Gill Tate (CareersInc)
Megan Grimley (CareersInc)
Mrs Wing (LRC)
Mrs Waites (Associate Assistant Headteacher)

Careers Software

Here are links to useful online Careers advice resources:

National Careers Service


Alumni Careers Champions

We are currently looking to make contact with former students to support our current students with their career planning and act as ‘Career Champions’ at various events and sessions we hold throughout the academic year. We are also keen to promote around the academy example of careers alumni of Bydales have moved into, with photographs and biographies. If you are a former student and would like to become involved with the Academy as a ‘Career Champion’, or share info for display, please contact us via this email address: