Careers Education

Careers Education

Careers Education Information

The vision for Careers Education at Holyrood Academy is to support students in aspirational careers and futures regardless of their background. This will help the individual students to investigate opportunities and choices that will enable them to make the next steps on their own path.

Curriculum Intent:
• To help all students investigate the options and pathways available to them.
• Every student to have independent advice and guidance. Careers education is tailored to individual needs.
• To raise aspirations of the students within Holyrood Academy.
• To meet The Gatsby Benchmarks - a series of benchmarks that set out best practices in the provision of careers guidance activities. This is measured by using the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass tool once a term.
• To use local and national market data to help to provide the most relevant information to our students.

At Holyrood Academy, we would like all students, from Years 7-13, to have a purposeful careers education to fill them with the confidence, skills and knowledge to be able to fulfil their next steps.



Year  Group                                             Careers Education

Careers 1: Skills & Enterprise

  • Being enterprising and creativity
  • Skills & qualities
  • Employment and types of work
  • Looking at local market information
  • What it’s like to work
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • Career Pilot

Economic Wellbeing


Discrimination – Rights and Responsibilities

  • Equality in the workplace
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • Aspirations

Economic Wellbeing


Careers 2 – Goals and Progress

  • Future careers and planning
  • Post 14 and Post 16 routes into careers including apprenticeships
  • Choosing your future (linked to the options process)
  • Skills and interests audit
  • Local labour market information
  • Using Career Pilot to explore options
  • The Nature of Work

Appointments are available with Mrs Higman, our Independent Careers Advisor, to guide students through the options process.


Careers 3 – Employability and Skills

  • Post 16 and Post 18 futures options including technical qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Using local labour market information to see where there is growth
  • Online representation and personal brand
  • Preparing for work experience, including expectations
  • Transferrable skills
  • Employment law

Economic Wellbeing

All Year 10 students are expected to complete a week of work experience in the summer term.
There is also the opportunity to visit a university in the summer term.


Careers 4 – Preparation for ROA and Statement

  • Post-16 routes and Post-18 routes including technical qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Applying for post-16 Sixth Form, FE and apprenticeships
  • Employability skills
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Preparing CVs and Statements

Every student in Year 11 is able to see our independent careers advisor, Emma Higman, to support and guide the student through their next steps. Futures interviews also take place.

 Throughout Year 11, students are given opportunities for Sixth Form taster days and Sixth Form information events.

 Throughout all year groups, careers and futures are also celebrated through guest speakers, visits and assemblies.

Throughout the year, students will have access to different employers offering a range of industries, through a variety of different methods, including through PDP and assemblies. If you feel that you are able to support us with our Careers Education programme, please contact our Careers Leader, Puck Webber, and refer to our Provider Access Policy.

Careerometer: a tool to compare jobs
Use the Careerometer below to compare different jobs - salary, working hours, etc.
Click the first dotted square.
Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your first and second choice to see the comparison.

Career Pilot – Career Pilot is a website which helps with choices for students aged 13, 16 and 18, including apprenticeships, further education and higher education. The website has a number of different tools available to help students with their individual choices.
Success at School – This is a key website for information about career choices, job advertisements, and information on apprenticeships of all levels, university, and advice on working life.
Informed Choices – This Russell Group guide helps Post 16 students with their choices when deciding on further education options and pathways. 

Throughout a student’s time within Holyrood 6th Form, they will be given opportunities to learn about their future careers development. This will be in the form of:

• Guest speakers from a range of Industries
• Compulsory 1 week work experience in Year 12
• Apprenticeships talks of all levels including degree apprenticeships
• Individual UCAS and University advice
• Guidance on how to write personal statements
• Progression courses through Russell Group universities
• University summer schools
• Career planning
• Work shadowing
• Student finance
• Pre-university taster courses
• UCAS conference and convention
• HE+ Cambridge
• Holyrood Alumni
• Gap year talks

This is tailored to each student’s needs and bespoke career path, whether this be on to Higher Education or through an apprenticeship route.

We are extremely proud of the PD programme that students follow during their time at Holyrood 6th Form and this equips students for their next steps. This is coupled with tutorials which are tailored to the students’ academic and future aspirations. We work hard at Holyrood 6th Form to ensure that every student feels that they are ready for the next steps in their career.

Holyrood 6th Form students are also able to make Careers Guidance appointments with our independent advisor, Emma Higman. These can be made directly through Emma or through Lisa Knight.

Useful Links

Contact Details

01460 260100

If you require any information in an alternative format, please contact the Academy on 01460 260100

Holyrood Academy Zembard Lane, Chard,
Somerset, TA20 1JL

Holyrood Academy is a part of the Uffculme Academy Trust (UAT). UAT is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales number 07338835 and an Exempt Charity.
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