Careers Guidance

Raising aspirations from Year 7 onwards.

Here at Ormiston SWB Academy we encourage students to raise their aspirations from Year 7 onwards.

You can get in touch with our Aspirations and CEG Lead Mr L Wall via email or call the Academy on 01902 493797.

To view our Provider Access Policy and Careers Policy please visit our Policies Page.

The Ormiston SWB Academy Careers Lead is M Wall. Mr Wall is available in school all week and can be seen both through booked appointments and drop in sessions. Parents are also welcome to arrange an appointment.

All students are involved in the Academy’s Careers Education Programme which starts in Year 7 and runs through into Sixth Form. We aim to raise student aspirations, support them into further learning and equip them with the skills they need to achieve success in their chosen pathway. This programme develops their career skills covering self-development, career exploration and career management. Our programme is developed to map the Career Development Institute guidelines and the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Ormiston SWB Academy has a holistic approach to Careers Education. Students follow our bespoke C.O.R.E programme which includes Careers Education. Students start to develop the generic skills they will need to be successful whatever their chosen career. The programme is based on developing yourself (through careers, employability and enterprise education). Learning about careers and the world of work. Planning for the future (using career management, employability and enterprise skills).

This introduces them to the skills they will need for securing success in the future. For example, students learn about making informed decisions, financial planning, the world of work, making a difference in their community, and developing an understanding of the wider world.

The programme encourages them to recognise and develop their own skills. Students also develop their self-awareness, understanding of the world of work and employability skills outside the classroom

We have strong links with local employers, colleges, universities and training providers who come in and work with our students to develop their knowledge of local opportunities. We arrange visits out of school so students can develop their understanding of opportunities in the working world.

At Ormiston SWB Academy all students will be entitled to:

  • Opportunities within different sectors to help them learn more about what is involved. This will be led by Industry professionals where possible and can include speakers, work inspiration events, industry led workshops and visits.
  • A planned and structured careers education programme to help develop key skills around self-awareness and informed decision making.
  • Up to date, impartial and comprehensive careers information covering educational, vocational training, higher education and career opportunities;
  • An individual advice and guidance interview with an impartial, professional Careers Adviser.

Our careers program is designed to meet the statutory guidance including the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks which are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Leaning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Lessons are delivered through our CORE curriculum:

Year 7

In Year 7 students start their career planning by reflecting on their skills and achievements so far. What influence do others have on my decision-making? What is a successful career?

Year 8

In Year 8 students will look at beliefs and identity for future careers, similarities and difference between work and school, understanding the job market, now and in the future, and learn about equal opportunities and challenge stereotypical thinking.

Year 9

In Year 9, students spend time on how to plan their futures, identifying their skills and qualities, how these link to work, making informed choices and thinking about option choices.

Year 10

During Year 10 students begin to identify steps to take to achieve their career aim, identify skills and qualities that employers are looking for, match their own skills and qualities to this and identify development needs and personal priorities. Be more aware of changes within the labour market, and learn about rights and responsibilities at work.

Year 11

During Year 11 students continue to investigate post 16 options, attend the school careers fair (which gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations) and start applying for their post 16 destination. All Year 11 students will have a 1:1 careers meeting with either the school Careers Lead, Mr Wall, or a member of Wolverhampton Connexions, where they are able to talk though their career aspirations, post 16 destinations and get support with applying to colleges, 6th forms or apprenticeships.

Sixth Form

Through their own enrichment program, students cover a variety of topics, including preparation and support to find work placements, study skills, UCAS preparation and applications as well as student finance and apprenticeship applications and interviews. Students are encouraged to attend master classes and open days at university along with relevant apprenticeship information events.

Throughout the year, students are also given information on various topics such as, benefits of higher education and student finance, apprenticeships, CV workshops and interview skills.

This program is further enhanced by the provision of a range of trips and visits over the year for students to attend. These trips have included the annual Skills Show at Dunstall Racecourse, visits to universities such as Aston and Cambridge and visits to employers such as EY in Birmingham, Rolls Royce in Derby and AF Blakemore in Wolverhampton.

All students have access to a range of online websites and a careers library to support their careers exploration as well as a personal account on Apps such as Fledgelink and Springpod. The school takes part in National Careers Week with all staff and subject areas bringing careers to the classroom.

As part of Ormiston SWB’s commitment to informing our pupils of the full range of learning and training routes on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, vocational education and apprenticeship providers to speak to students and will also approach these partners ourselves when planning organising key Careers events throughout the school year.

“This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses”

In the first instance, providers wishing to speak with students should consult with us about their input at our main events throughout the year. We also have a number of slots available for year group assemblies and whole cohort presentations. Any requests for the above, or any special requests, should be made to the senior leader responsible for careers using the details below. All requests should be emailed at least 6 weeks in advance of an expected date of the session. At this point, more information will be requested around the purpose and content of the session.