Halsey Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK42 8AU
Telephone: 01234407100
Fax: 01234407110
Email:  grange@biltt.org

Grange Academy are a Unicef Silver Rights Respecting School. We are working towards the Artsmark Award.

Careers Guidance

Work experience at Grange Academy

The Government's careers strategy aims to make sure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

At Grange Academy we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

https://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2.Learning from career and labour market information

Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3.Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4.Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

5.Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6.Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7.Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8.Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

A stable careers programme

At Grange Academy careers guidance is embedded into our curriculum from primary all the way through to secondary during our life skills sessions, in assemblies, during off timetable days, during subject teaching and during form time. In Key Stage 4 students who are able to will participate in a work placement program. This may be generally as a form out in the community or a 1-2 day placement, 1 week placement or ½ day release for an extended period of time.

Student in year Sycamore class who are not on placement participate in a programme of study to develop skills that will develop their confidence, understand their strengths and weaknesses and prepare them for transition and the world of work. This includes discussions about work experience, encounters with employers, employees and higher education providers, interview technique, CV writing, personal research in individual areas of interest and post 16-18 opportunities/pathways.

Learning from career and labour market information

In form times we use specific careers programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities. We encourage all year 10 and 11 student to visit open days and also arrange bespoke Post 16 visits for parents and students so that they can get information about future study options.

Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different amounts of career guidance at different stages of their time with us. Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each student and our careers programme promotes and supports equality and diversity considerations throughout. Aspirations are discussed with all pupils at the end of each term and pupil views are added to their termly reports. They are also discussed as part on the annual EHCP review process. The Head of secondary is responsible for mapping out an appropriate flight plan for all year 10 and 11 pupil so that future opportunities can be explored and appropriate information is shared with pupils and their families.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

All subject teachers are keen to highlight the relevance of their subjects for future career paths and suggested career pathways are discussed in lessons. Where possible, visits to local businesses linked to subject areas are made.

Encounters with employers and employees

At Grange Academy we invite employers and employees into school to deliver workshops and talks to our students. We also encourage parents to take their children to open days, careers events and host enterprise activities to inspire, motivate and teach our pupils core skills relating to the world of work. We invite past students to talk to our current students about moving on, careers choices and life experiences since leaving Grange Academy.

Experience of workplaces

At Grange Academy we have a work experience programme that starts in Year 10 and continues into our 6th Form. This builds in terms of time and variety of experiences over the three years.

Encounters with further and higher education

Our careers programme is designed to ensure that all students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges and in the workplace.

Personal guidance

This is provided in school by the Job Centre Plus team, Bedford College, Youth Inspired and the National Citizen Service Team. More information can be found on the following websites:

Parents may find the following links helpful:

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/help-your-child-make-most-work-experience

https://wearencs.com/

https://www.careeropportunities.org.uk/?bing=1&msclkid=789a5ea7026013a8f9c400f0adac7b03

https://www.ucas.com/careers/buzz-quiz

Destinations 2019

The following gives the destinations of our Summer 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 leavers.

Year 11 and 12

Provision

Number of students

Bedford College

9

Moulten College

1

Youth Inspired

1

Apprenticeship

2

Ridgeway

2

 Total

15

Year on Year Comparison

Most recent data available - taken from Analyse School Performance

Destinations

2017 cohort

2018 cohort

2019 cohort

% of students still in education, employment or training the year after completing 16-18 study

100

93.3

100

% of disadvantaged students still in education, employment or training

100

88.9

100

Work Experience

Grange has worked in partnership with some of the following organisations to provide work experience for our pupils. They have had a positive impact on developing our pupils’ aspirations, confidence, self-esteem and key skills required to successfully integrate into the work of work and we are very grateful to them for their support.

Gibbs and Dandy Builder Merchants – Bedford            Galone’s Ice Cream Parlour- Bedford

The Giddy Goat Nursery School – Riseley                        Bake 360 - Kempston

Bedford Day Care Hospice – Kempston                          Rivermead Care Home – Kempston

Brookside Care Home – Kempston                                   Jacky Guy Hairdressers - Bedford

Roll Back – Bedford                                                              Grange Academy School Kitchen

Co-Op – Kempston                                                              CATS Protection – Kempston

Herring Farm – Cotton End                                                  Millbrook Golf Course - Bedford

Balliol Primary – Kempston                                                  Bedford Athletic Stadium

Wootton Library

Can you help?

If any parents, friends or employers are willing to give up 30 minutes of their time to talk to a group of students or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we'd love to hear from them.

If you are able to offer a young person in Year 11 a week's work experience or a Sixth Form student a weekly work placement one day a week please contact Mrs Morris directly.

We are always looking for quality work placements for our students.

If you have any questions about our careers guidance programme please contact Angie Morris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Careers Policy, which is reviewed annually, can be viewed here: Careers Policy

Resources

Opportunities in Education booklet

Routes into Work Guide (This guide provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment)

National Careers Service

Apprenticeships

Universal Job Match

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2.Learning from career and labour market information

Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3.Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4.Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

5.Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6.Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7.Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8.Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.