Careers and Futures Guidance
The Careers Leader on the Leadership Team is Assistant Vice Principal, David Smith. He started his working life in retail management before retraining to teach. He believes the young people of Bletchley can do amazing things to make their lives interesting and fulfilling and works very hard to help them realise these aspirations.
A great place to start your career planning is the Lord Grey Careers Website. There you can find out about college, apprenticeships, sixth forms, and universities, as well as explore links to further information and online work experience.
We hold off-timetable Careers Days for students in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. These give students the opportunity to meet people from universities, apprenticeship providers and the world of work. They explore their own strengths and areas for development and learn what skills are needed to forge a successful and fulfilling career. Your child will receive information about the date of their Careers Day in advance.
In addition to the whole-day events, we run regular career workouts, topic-specific assemblies, and invite guests in to individual lessons. If you or your employer are able to support our careers service in any way, please get in touch.
Along with the rest of the Academy, our Careers Service operates on the foundation that Lord Grey Can. We believe that our students are capable of anything they set their sights upon, and we strive to give them as many opportunities as possible to find out what they enjoy and will excel at.
We work with a number of local universities and higher education establishments, apprenticeship providers, local, national and international employers to encourage our students to have high aspirations for their futures. We take groups of students to visit universities where they take part in various workshops, and are fortunate to have the support of higher education providers for activities in school. We also work with a wide range of employers to offer talks, mentoring and tailored subject specific support to inspire our learners, give a greater understanding about the world of work and to develop employability skills.
We offer extremely good UCAS, university, apprenticeship and H.E. finance advice to our Sixth Form learners.
What Can Parents, Guardians, Carers Do?
Support and encouragement at home makes a big difference to students’ self belief, and high expectations bring about better results. Before their Careers Day or any event, please talk to your son or daughter about what they hope to learn from it. Afterwards, talk through what they did and how they would like to take their learning further. Encourage them to plan big for their future – as the saying goes, ‘if they aim for the moon, and miss, they’ll still land among the stars.’ Lord Grey Can.