Careers Education and Guidance
Joanna Brown is our Careers & Destinations Adviser. Joanna has a wealth of experience working in academia, government and the private sector. She is committed to helping our students achieve the best they can.
Ms Brown is based in our new Careers Centre, located on the ground floor of the Sixth Form area. Students from all years are welcome to pop in at any time to ask questions, browse the books and leaflets available, or make an appointment for a one-to-one careers appointment. Form tutors and Heads of House can request these appointments for you.
Additional careers materials are available on Moodle, which all students can access either from home or whilst in school.
Ms Brown can be contacted though email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 01908 626180. David Smith, Director of Sixth Form is the Careers Leader on the Senior Leadership Team.
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 son/daughter 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/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. Ms Brown will be happy to help if she can. 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.