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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 Years 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.



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 meetings with parents/students.


GCSE option taster talks with Head of Departments.

Options Evening – Wednesday 13th March 2019

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.



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




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

Attendance of Careers Advisor to Year 11 Parents’ Evening for parental/student meetings – 23rd January 2019.

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 Open Evening/Sixth Form Prospectus – 7th  November 2018

Taster Day – July

Apprenticeship Fair – spring term

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 – 30th January 2019.

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 University

STEM subject specific trips

Work experience – summer term Year 12

Apprenticeship Fair – spring term

For further information regarding careers please contact:

Mrs N Williams – Assistant Head Teacher with oversight of careers:

Maria Hayford Fynn – Careers Advisor:

Mrs C Brady - Director of Sixth Form: