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Careers Provision at The Harefield Academy

It is vitally important to us that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. Therefore we aim to ensure that a fully embedded programme of Careers Education and Guidance is available for all students from Years 7 to 13,  through which they and their parents/carers have access to good quality information about future study options.

We work collaboratively alongside the Education Development Trust to ensure that all students have targeted career guidance throughout their time at The Academy and that they fully understand the range of learning opportunities available to them, including Academic, Vocational and Apprenticeships routes.  The Careers Advisor, Paul Thomas, will be working in The Academy every Monday throughout the year.

Our fully embedded programme of careers education helps students to develop the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, research relevant opportunities and make decisions to move successfully onto the next stage in their education or training. Every student has the opportunity to receive careers advice through a range of mediums including topics covered in PSHE, subject specific careers advice, assemblies, external contributions (EDT), trips and workshops.

Please find further details below regarding the provision for each year group.



EDT external contribution

Staff support, information and guidance



Term 2 PSHE - Self-awareness and determination to succeed. Identifying our own skills and qualities.



Whole year trip to Kidzania. Getting prepared for the world of work, where students will have the opportunity to explore different professions


Term 3 PSHE - Understanding business and the finance industry, and the options process.

Careers advice prior to Options evening.

Attendance of Careers Advisor to Parents’ Evening for meeting with parents/students.


GCSE option taster talks with Head of Departments.

1 to 1 student interviews with SLT for advice, information and guidance.

Premier League Enterprise Programme. Taster option sessions for those interested in Business.



Term 4 PSHE - Future Options Career options for you.  To include CV writing and university allocation.

Group work during July, main focus will be finding out and broadening horizons for careers opportunities.                                   


Autumn term - Bucks New University Passport days Focusing on an introduction to Higher education.


Term 6 PSHE - Career guidance and exam/study skills in preparation for Year 10 Mock exam weeks.                             


Mock interview day - Summer term


Premier League Enterprise Programme

Brilliant Club for 12 x students which is a scholarship programme focusing on study skills linked with University.

Junior University – whole year group.



Year 11 1 to 1 guidance interview. Action plan created.

Attendance of Careers Advisor to Year 11 Parents’ Evening for parental/student meetings.

1 to 1 student interviews with SLT, next steps Post 16 and academic progress.

Taster talks for all subjects offered at Sixth Form.

Into the Sixth Form evening/Sixth Form prospectus.

Taster Day – July

Apprenticeship Fair – Spring  

Sixth Form

Tutor time Volunteering, Alumina - Where are they now? and Work Experience.

Step forward, gap years, UCAS preparation, preparing a CV, Interview technique and plans if not going to University.

Can access 1 to 1 meeting with Careers Advisor.

Careers Advisor will attend Sixth Form Parents’ Evening for AIG.

Weekly guidance through the UCAS process, writing a personal statement.

Year 12 trip to Brunel

STEM subject specific trips

Work experience – Summer term Year 12

Apprenticeship Fair – Spring

For further information regarding careers please contact:

Mrs N Williams – Assistant Headteacher with oversight of careers:

Mr Paul Thomas – Careers Advisor:

Miss C Fitzgerald – Assistant Head of Sixth Form: