At Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, we’re committed to preparing each student for their life beyond education. We ensure students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help them consider their future options.
They can both be contacted at the academy on 01782 882200.
We review our careers provision annually in conjunction with our Link Governor Mrs England as well as through our student voice. Our careers provision is externally monitored, and in 2021 we were successful in renewing our award for the Careers Mark. The review process is continued annually with a review meeting held with a member of the Local Authority’s career team.
Careers education starts in Year 7 through introductory lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future. Students will have a unit of careers education delivered through their PSHE curriculum.
Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. A Year 8 Careers Fair is delivered for students to assist in Option Choices
In Year 9, external providers such as Vodafone, Barclays Life Skills, JobCentre Plus and the local colleges deliver sessions that include giving advice on post 16 opportunities and CV preparation.
Across Year 10, students have access to a range of career-related activities including Enterprise Days, Teen-tech City of Tomorrow challenge, external speakers, and mock interviews/application forms.
Year 11 have a planned Careers Management Programme that is completed throughout the year. This includes investigating post 16 options, a Careers Fair is held in conjunction with Year 11 Parents’ Evening, this gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are regularly given open day information during assembly and form time and are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.
An assembly is delivered to Year 11 students about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional information can be accessed. All Year 11 students will have a 1:1 careers meeting with either our Careers Adviser or an Assistant Principal.