Welcome to Careers


Careers research, advice and guidance starts in Year 7 at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and runs through to Year 13 in Kirk Hallam College and beyond via our Alumni. It is our aim that Kirk Hallam students have the skills, qualities and capabilities required by not only the UK labour market but the global job market too.

A Kirk Hallam student will be "well rounded" and will stand out from the crowd. They will know how to make the most of the opportunities available to them and what they need to do, to not only achieve academic success, but to get the experience, transferable skills and qualifications needed to fulfil their ambitions.

At Kirk Hallam Community Academy we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 13 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that they progress onto appropriate sixth forms, Further Education Colleges, apprenticeships, T Levels or traineeships. On leaving Kirk Hallam all students will have a clear career plan in place for Post 16 and Post 18 destination.

We support our students in making well-informed decisions in Year 9 in respect of academic/vocational option choices, at Year 11 for transition to Post 16 education and at the end of Year 13 for transition to Post 18 destinations. We offer impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options for all career pathways. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to enabling students to learn, achieve and ultimately realise their ambitions.

We are proud to celebrate the success of students whilst they are at Kirk Hallam but also after they have left via our Alumni.

Important career related opportunities can be found via the academy website and are updated regularly. If you would like a copy please contact ctunnicliffe@kirkhallamacademy.co.uk

The Kirk Hallam Community Academy offer:

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme that will:

  • provide good quality impartial and independent careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum.

How do we evaluate?

Kirk Hallam Community Academy works towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, is evaluated using the online Compass tool. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader. The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit.

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, governors and employers. This feedback is collected after each event throughout the year and is recorded on an evaluation report. This is analysed by the Careers Leader and necessary improvements are put in place for the next academic year. Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan where required.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in all students progressing to positive Post 16 and 18 destinations (e.g. apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, technical courses, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, GAP year or employment. Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors. A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader along with the Head Teacher and Governors.

Employer Engagement

Kirk Hallam Community Academy and Sixth Form welcomes contact from employers, training providers and colleges. There are many ways in which you and your organisation can participate in collaborating with Kirk Hallam, to help shape the workforce of the future. At the same time, involvement in this activity can enhance and address the training needs of your employees in developing the key personal and work skills essential to create a thriving and successful enterprise operating in the private or public sectors. Young people need access to quality experiences in order to prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and challenges that the future world of work has to offer.

You, your employees and your company could be the key to unlocking the potential that is present in every young person currently making their way through the education system. Employees volunteer their time to give young people the best chance to succeed in an ever increasing competitive and global job market, and some of those young people could become part of your workforce in the future. Some companies have taken the strategic decision to use specific opportunities to help them to identify their future apprentices; as they have the chance to see at first-hand how individual young people cope with the discipline, opportunities and challenges of tackling real industry problems, working as individuals and as members of a team. The purpose of this section is to help you clarify the benefits that you as the employers/employees will seek to gain by working with Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

If you are interested in working with Kirk Hallam Community Academy and/or College please contact Colin Tunnicliffe, Careers Leader.

Email: ctunnicliffe@kirkhallamacademy.co.uk

Telephone: 0115 9301522

Careers access statement available at 'statutory information'

June 2024


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