Birches Head Academy


As part of our mission to prepare students for life beyond school, we have a very proactive approach to introducing our students to the world of work, training and further education.

We are extremely proud that our students leave us at the end of Year 11 well-prepared for their future, and go on to secure positive destinations and have successful careers.

A list of destinations for outgoing year 11 is available on request.

Our excellent careers provision has been recognised with the prestigious awarding of “The Quality in Careers Standard” and by Ofsted (2018):

“Pupils appreciate the support they and their parents reciev in choosing their {option} subject. Consequently, pupils are better equipped for their future education and careers choices

"“The school’s careers programme contributes much to pupil’s development”

Year 7 and 8 

Careers Education as part of the PSCHE curriculum begins in Year 7 and Year 8 when attitudes to learning, target setting and progress reviews are discussed in form periods.

Year 9 

In Year 9 there is more emphasis on career exploration as students choose their optional subjects at GCSE.

An annual Careers Convention is organised where local public service and commercial organisations, along with the local colleges and training providers, attend and offer an interactive experience.

Mock job interviews are role played, with business leaders from the local community, to enhance and strengthen communication skills.

Year 10 

All Year 10 pupils are required to participate in a week’s work experience. Placements come from a wide range of commercial, business, public service and industrial organisations.

Additionally, all Year 10 students take part in an Enterprise Week, during which they set up their own companies, produce goods to sell and compete to make a profit at the end of the week. During the Enterprise Week, students are encouraged to think about publicity, finance, sales and marketing to name but a few.

College tasters are also offered throughout Year 10, so that students can begin exploring their options and make informed choices.

Year 11

Working with the Local Authority, each student during Year 11, will be allocated at least one careers interview with the school’s independent careers advisor. During this time, they are encouraged to consider their options after leaving school, as well as which A level and degree courses might suit their chosen career path.

An annual applications slot is allocated in the Autumn term, where our students are supported in making their application to college, using the online UCAS Progress system.

Local employers and colleges, visit our school frequently to talk about careers and/or to lead sessions or assemblies. Some examples include our local army careers officer and Emma Bridgewater. We are fortunate enough to have excellent links with a variety of organisations in our community and we utilise these links to the full, in order to provide our students with the best possible practical and impartial advice.

Our Careers Advisor attends parents’ evenings for Year 9 – 11 and is happy to speak to parents and students alike, as do the college liaison staff, for information and guidance.

Students are also encouraged to use the careers section in our library, as we have an extensive collection of prospectuses from our local colleges and all the universities.

Please click on the following link to download the Provider Access Policy – Provider Access Jan 18

Please click on the following link to download the Careers Policy Careers Education Guidance Policy


Mr L Underwood, Careers Lead, 01782 233595, Email:

Careers Team at Birches Head

Telephone 01782 233595 e-mail

Mrs K Meir, Local Authority Senior Careers Advisor, 07769 238972

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