Careers Guidance

The Careers Programme in KS3 occurs in Citizenship classes.

This includes looking at many different career options. We look at college, university, apprenticeship options, how to get there, and if they have specific subject requirements.

In KS4 and KS5, the Careers Programme is delivered through Form Time and/or drop down specific days to highlight the importance of correct choices to support chosen careers for all of our students.

In Year 9, all students have a careers interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This is to ensure that they know their options for Year 10 and are choosing the right subjects for GCSE. Parents are invited to attend these interviews. It will be arranged at a time to suit those involved in the meeting.

Bourne End Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmark to ensure that it is giving all students the best opportunities in school, allowing the students to achieve their goals and putting them on the right track to achieve this.

We review the standards set by Gatsby every term. This allows us to look back at each term, see the improvements and put in place any new practices for the next part of each Academic Year.

Careers Leader: Mr William Meadows,

Key Stage 3 ‘First Steps’ Careers Day

BEA is holding our inaugural ‘First Steps’ Careers Day for Years 7, 8 and 9 on Tuesday 26 March. We’ll be welcoming in employers and higher education providers and introducing students to the world of work. We believe helping students to develop their future goals motivates them to engage in their learning, reach their full potential and aspire to be the very best that they can be – our core school values.

Each Year group will have a different focus:

Year 7 Meet the Employers: each class will have the opportunity to hear from at least two employers from very different industry sectors about their career journeys – why they chose their particular profession, what subjects they studied, what their day-to-day job is like and how students can follow in their footsteps.

Year 8 STEM Career Showcase: each class will hear from two professionals from the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and maths. We’ll challenge stereotypes about just who can follow a career in STEM, and reveal opportunities within this growing industry sector.

[Year 9 Enterprise/HE TO BE FINALISED]

We’re also planning a Futures Week for Years 7 to 10 in the summer term, with all teachers discussing careers related to their subject areas in classes throughout the week and bringing in employers from companies across Buckinghamshire into lessons. Senior level employers will also be lending their expertise to carry out mock interviews with our Year 10s during Futures Week, allowing them to practice their communication skills before the real thing.

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