Careers and post-16

Passmores Academy strives to ensure that all of our students are prepared to make confident, informed and successful decisions at each stage in their school life about their future plans.

A comprehensive careers education programme is in place to support our students from Years 7 through to 11 in helping them to identify their strengths and skills so that they can navigate their way through the diverse range of qualifications on offer, both academic and vocational.  Careers lessons are delivered within our I-Future lessons.

During KS3 students will be supported in looking at their option choices with access to our qualified careers advisers for one to one guidance.

In KS4 students will take part in a work experience programme where students will be encouraged to secure their own work placement and will be supported by the careers team with this process. As part of the careers education programme, students will learn how to produce CV’s and letters of application.  They will attend a mock interview day where they will be interviewed by a local employer and will then go onto complete a 2 week work experience placement.

Moving into their final year all students will have access to a one to one guidance interview with our careers advisers where parents or carers are welcome to attend. Each year the Careers Team organise a post 16 careers information evening for Yr.’s 10 and 11 where all local educational establishment’s, training providers and some employers will be on hand to discuss post 16 opportunities.

Students will have access to college taster days, outside speakers, apprenticeship workshops and will of course receive impartial advice and guidance from our Careers Advisers.

Local colleges, training providers, employers all play an integral role in the programme, giving our students the opportunity to benefit from a range of experiences in and out of school.

 Some of the highlights include:

• Year 7 - ‘Real Project’ and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ enterprise aspire day

• Year 8 - Take part in the Real Game, which encourages students to consider issues relating to personal finance and budgeting. Option Taster day

• Year 9 - College taster day

• Year 10 - CV workshop with Barclays Lifeskills Programme. Two weeks work experience and a Mock Interview Day run with the support of local employers. Business mentoring. Post 16 information evening

• Year 11 - One to One Guidance with Careers advisers, post 16 assemblies.  Essex apprenticeship Hub.  Business mentoring. Post 16 information evening

There is a fully equipped and resourced Careers area in the Learning Resources Centre, where pupils can gain access to detailed information about the wide range of careers available. They can also obtain information through our career software packages KUDOS and JED (please see the link careers software resources for more information)

All students have access to our qualified careers adviser Julie Kay at any stage of their education. Please contact me by email if you would like to arrange an appointment or have any questions – One of the UK’s leading career, testing and educational specialists, who have trained and guided 1000s of candidates through recruitment processes. Whether you are looking to pass your GCSEs, psychometric tests or you want a career as a pilot, a civil servant or in the emergency services – we can help!

To support excellence in various aspects of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance and Work Related Learning, RoQA have created awards to guide and then acknowledge high standards in these key aspects of the school curriculum. These awards are recognised by Ofsted as a good indication of excellent provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance and Work Related Learning

Please see the Careers Education and guidance policy for further information on the careers entitlement.