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​​Careers Team

Careers Team​

K Chippendale, Assistant Headteacher - Careers Lead, kchippendale@castlefordacademy.com

Katie Oldroyd - Careers Coordinator, koldroyd@castlefordacademy.com

Will Cooke NCOP Officer, wcooke@castlefordacademy.com

Contact:  01977 605060

Follow us on Twitter: @CasAcadCareers

​​Careers Information

Mission Statement

At Castleford Academy, we are committed to ensuring all students receive the appropriate level of Information, Advice and Guidance to enable them to make well informed and realistic decisions about their future in terms of education and careers.


Vision

Castleford Academy believes that students should be appropriately prepared for the choices they make during their education and the choices they make in the future. Students should have an understanding of how their education will prepare them for the world of work. The students should feel confident in making key decisions about educational and career choices and have a clear understanding of the routes to achieve their goal. This preparation should be achieved through a variety of means such as impartial and independent one to ones with a qualified Careers Advisor, careers resources purchased by the Academy, a whole school Careers Week, and Taster Sessions at local colleges and Universities.

 | Careers Policy


Entitlement

In response to the updated requirements and expectations of school published by the DfE in January 2018, below is a link to our Provider Access Statement providing information on all the events and further opportunities available for education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 to provide them with information around  qualifications (including technical education), employment or apprenticeships.  ​​

| Provider Access Policy

Key Stage 3​​

As soon as our pupils join us at Castleford Academy, we encourage them to start thinking about their future. During our twice-yearly drop down days in every year group, pupils become CSI's (Careers Specialist Investigators) and speak to guest speakers about their career journey. This is an exciting way for pupils to engage with providers and to explore different career pathways.

 



Our Burberry Inspire project ensures pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have opportunities to work with The Hepworth Gallery, Northern Ballet, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Young Film over the course of 4 years. Last year, pupils across Key Stage 3 discovered more about working in the arts by collaborating with the Hepworth Gallery. We are very much looking forward to moving the project forward this year as we link with Northern Ballet.


Our Careers Week in March ensures every subject across school uses a range of approaches to drive pupils' aspirations for their future with a particular focus on 'Building Character' in preparation for KS4 and life after the academy. As soon as our pupils join us at Castleford Academy, we encourage them to start thinking about their future. During our twice-yearly drop down days in every year group, pupils become CSI's (Careers Specialist Investigators) and speak to guest speakers about their career journey. This is an exciting way for pupils to engage with providers and to explore different career pathways.




Our Burberry Inspire project ensures pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have opportunities to work with The Hepworth Gallery, Northern Ballet, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Young Film over the course of 4 years. Last year, pupils across Key Stage 3 discovered more about working in the arts by collaborating with the Hepworth Gallery. We are very much looking forward to moving the project forward this year as we link with Northern Ballet.

Our Careers Week in March ensures every subject across school uses a range of approaches to drive pupils' aspirations for their future with a particular focus on 'Building Character' in preparation for KS4 and life after the academy. ​​

| Summary of KS3

​Key Stage 4​

 

At Key Stage 4, we continue to build on the foundations established through Year 7 – 9 and our focus becomes more personalised for our students as they progress through to Post-16. .

Our Careers Co-ordinator works closely with pupils, making sure they are aware of all their options and are making informed decisions about their future. This is carefully balanced with building pupils' character skills as they prepare for interviews and life beyond the academy. ​

| Summary of KS4

​Key Stage 5

Students who join us for Key Stage 5 have a structured careers programme to support them as they consider their pathways for either Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment. Life and Society lessons ensure pupils are supported with CV writing and how to perform at interview. Further to this, we support pupils in writing personal statements and ensure they have employer encounters through our structured Drop Down Days. Pupils also participate in work experience placements for every course across Year 12 and 13 to prepare them for working life. ​​

| Summary of KS5

​Services for Parents

There are various services available to parents throughout each year. Below is a list of provision:​

  • ​Information on Parents Evening (Y8, Y10 and Y11)
  • Options Open Evening for Year 8
  • Careers Learning Journey
  • Links to websites offering careers support
  • Booklet for Y11 parents explaining careers guidance in Y11 and p[ost-16 choices.
  • ​Appointments available with our Careers Co-ordinator (Katie Oldroyd)​

​Services for Staff​

​To ensure the academy delivers a valuable careers programme to all pupils, it is imperative that all staff are informed of changes to the local labour market.

Y11 form tutors are provided with careers packs, including Open Day information, college application support and guidance on how to book 121 appointments with our Careers Co-ordinator.

All form tutors are provided with the academy Careers Learning Journey to display.​

Careers Links

Further Education

| New College

| Wakefield College

| Leeds City College


Higher Education

| Go Higher West Yorkshire


Apprenticeships

| Vacancies

| Information for pupils

| Information for parents


Labour Market Information

| Future Goals

| Leeds Pathways


Other Careers Services

| National Careers Service

| Connexions Digital​