Progress Careers, are our commissioned external careers advisors and they offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. All Year 11 students receive a 1:1 Careers meeting. Early intervention 1:1 interviews in Y9 and Y10 ensure students are tracked, monitored and supported to make a positive transition into Y11 and beyond.
Lunchtime Drop In
Every Half Term, colleges and training providers attend our lunchtime drop in session which allows students to discuss post 16 opportunities. College staff are recognisable and approachable due to consistently being in school.
Students are able to attend the Careers Drop in after school every Tuesday to access information and support on CV writing, application form completion and to get any general careers questions answered. Throughout the academic year students can also attend subject and career specific Enrichment sessions delivered by external guest speakers.
Oxford and University Visit
15 Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend Oxbridge University Taster Days to gain an insight into what it would be like to study at Oxford or Cambridge.
Kings College Cambridge Visit
Kings College Cambridge Visit the Academy annually to share experience of University with our Y10 students through workshops and presentations.
Every VMG has a careers information box for easy, daily access to CEIAG resources and information for all year groups.
Throughout the year, employers and colleges deliver assemblies to year groups on careers and post 16 options to raise awareness of opportunities.
First Job Door Plates
Each member of staff has their ‘First Job’ on their classroom door to show their previous job roles, raising awareness and prompting discussions regarding CEIAG and career paths.
Careers and Employment Corner
Offers easy access to prospectuses and information for students to collect and browse.
Y10 Taster Days
Students have the opportunity to attend 3 local college taster sessions to ‘taste’ courses of interest and gain an insight into college life.
Y9 Pre-Careers Meetings and Mentoring
Students receive intervention in Year 9 to discuss and explore potential careers interests.
Work Place Visits
By the end of Year 11, every student will have taken part in a work place visit to an employer or organisation through their option subjects to gain an insight into the world of work and a real-life employer in action. These work place visits will mainly take place in Year 9.
Careers in the Curriculum
All Teachers link their subject areas to future careers within lessons through various ways of learning, allowing students to understand the importance of subjects and current topics.
LIFE lessons include CEIAG input covering various topics such as skills and qualities, stereotyping.
National Careers and National Apprenticeship week
All year groups receive an assembly about careers of the future and options available to them and complete numerous activities during this week.
Annual Careers Fair
Students access and discuss various pathways and carers routes with over 35 colleges, training providers, employers and Universities at our annual Careers Fair.
Careers Displays across school
We have careers display areas across school, i.e. Subjects linking to Careers as well as college pop up banners displayed in our dining hall and LRC.
Y10 Mock Interviews
Y10 take part in an annual Mock Interview event where they are each interviewed by a real-life employer, following applying and preparing for their chosen ‘job’. The employer then provides constructive feedback.