Mrs Claire Thomas - Associate Assistant Principal
Telephone: 01785 334900
Welcome to Careers at CCA
We hope you find the following information helpful. If there is any information that you require, that can’t be found in this section of the website, please contact the Careers Leader, who will be happy to help.
Please click here for our Careers Programme Overview 2021/22
At CCA we have a balanced and varied curriculum that aims to prepare our pupils for a constantly evolving world. Through a combination of supportive teaching and independent learning, pupils are given the opportunity to develop skills for lifelong learning: self-motivation, creativity and the ability to work as part of a team. We set aspirational targets and monitor pupils’ progress to ensure that they flourish.
Careers education is embedded throughout the curriculum and is enhanced by our PSCHEE, Careers and pastoral programmes. This ensures pupils have the cultural capacity to continue their learning and career planning when they move onto the next phase of their education.
Pupils in key stage 3 receive a discrete careers lesson once a fortnight. In addition, there are 4 drop down days timetabled throughout the year in order to enhance provision of Careers, Enterprise, Work skills / Life Skills and Well-being (both physical and mental). This enables pupils to benefit from outdoor activities, citizenship days, enterprise days and charity work. The support of a growing network of partners at a local, regional, national and international level allows this programme to be offered to all pupils
There is an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities available for all our pupils throughout the school, be it during the school day, in twilight sessions, evenings, weekends and during holiday periods.
The school’s library includes a Careers Library, where pupils can access information about local FE and HE provision, Apprenticeships and Careers. Pupils also have access to the internet and the Start Programme (A comprehensive online careers package).
The 8 Gatsby benchmarks help schools deliver high quality careers and enterprise education.
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour market information tell you:
- What jobs and skills employers are looking for
- Which industries have vacancies and where they are located
- What education and training you need for specific jobs
- Which job areas are growing in the future, which are in decline and other statistics
Q. Who is the best person to contact in the first instance?
The careers leader is Mrs Claire Thomas. Her email address is email@example.com. Tel. 01785 334900.
Q. When is the best time to contact the school?
It is best to call at lunch time (12.10pm – 1.30pm) or between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. It is likely that teachers will be teaching at all other times and are unlikely to be able to take your call. Email can often be quicker as teachers will check these at the beginning and end of every day.
Q. Can any employer or business get engaged with the school?
We welcome contributions from a wide range of business types and sizes. Some employers may only engage once a year for an hour or so, while others may take part in whole events over a day or over a number of weeks. It is all vital and it all counts!
Q. Are opportunities limited to your older students?
It is really important to raise aspirations from a young age. We are really keen for our year 5 and year 6 pupils to have employer encounters too. Please get in contact with the Careers Lead if this is something you would like to involved in.
Q. What types of opportunities do the school want employers and businesses to offer?
There are a range of different ways that you can get involved:
- Employer Engagement Talks – These can be done ‘Live’ in school to whole year groups, single classes or small groups. These can also be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams.
- Workplace Visits – Depending on the size of the organisation, we can bring small groups, classes (around 30 pupils), or whole year groups (around 150 pupils). Just let us know your capacity and we will work round you.
- Enterprise Events – during the year we run a number of enterprise activities for students and would love employers to get involved in these.
- Careers Focus Days – Each year group has at least one ‘Drop-Down Day’ focussed on careers education.
- Assemblies – We have weekly assemblies for each year group which take place either before or after lunch.
- Careers Expos/Industry Events – We are hoping to start running these over the next year but we need a wide range of businesses to agree to attend. Please contact the Careers Lead if you would like to contribute to such an event.
Please note: as we are a middle school, our pupils are not old enough to participate in work experience.
Q. Will I get feedback from the school?
We are always keen to improve our practice. As a result, we usually ask employers, pupils and staff to provide feedback after each event or encounter.
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