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Policy Statement of Careers Guidance 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 our school aim is to ensure that we offer a fully embedded programme of Careers Education and Guidance for all students at The Academy from Year 7 to 13 following the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks. Where every student and their parents have access to good quality information about future study options.

We work collaboratively alongside The Education Development Trust in order to ensure all students have different career guidance throughout their time at The Academy and students should fully understand the range of learning opportunities available to them, both academic, vocational routes and apprenticeships at Post 16 and 18. The careers advisor, Maria Hayford Fynn, will be working in The Academy every Monday from September to March.

We have a fully embedded programme of careers education which will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, research the opportunities and make decisions and move successfully onto the next stage. Every student has the opportunity to receive careers advice through a range of mediums including through topics covered in PSHE and subject specific careers advice, assemblies, external contribution (EDT), trips and workshops.

Please find further details regarding the provision throughout each year.


PSHE and curriculum learning

EDT external contribution

Staff support, information and guidance



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



Encounter with employers/employee from a range of professions through in school workshops - NHS Trust and Jewellers October 2019


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/pupils.


GCSE option taster talks with Head of Departments.


Options’ Evening – Wednesday 11th March 2020


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

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

November 2019


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



Autumn term –Bucks New University Passport days focusing on an introduction to Higher Education.


Encounter with employers/employee from a range of professions through in school workshops -NHS Trust and Jewellers – October  2019


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





Apprenticeship Fair – May 2020


Mock Interview – July 2020

(1 to 1 interview with an employer in a range of industries)


London Fashion Academy Workshop – October 2019


Term 3

PSHE - Employment Ready

Tutor time – weekly careers sessions

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


Attendance of Careers Advisor to Year 11 Parents’ Evening for parental/student meetings –15th January 2020

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


Taster talks for all subjects offered at Sixth Form


Sixth Form Open Evening/Sixth Form Prospectus – 6th November 2019


Taster Day – July 2020


Apprenticeship Fair – May 2020

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 – 22nd January 2020

Weekly guidance through the UCAS process and writing a personal statement


1 to 1 student interview with SLT in Year 12 prior to Christmas to discuss chosen subjects and focus moving forward.

Year 12 trip to Brunel


STEM subject specific trips


Bucks New University workshop – Finances and routes into Higher Education – June 2020


Apprenticeship Fair – May 2020


Work Experience – Summer term Year 12



For further information regarding careers please contact -

Mrs N Williams – Assistant Headteacher with oversight of careers:

Maria Hayford Fynn– Careers Advisor:

Mrs S Ral – Director of Learning Humanities and delivery of careers education through PSHE: