Careers

Vision

To create a learning environment which promotes aspiration and which supports pupils as they work towards the realisation of their chosen career pathway.

Aims

  • To actively promote pupils’ understanding of the link between educational attainment and future career opportunities;
  • To encourage consideration of GCSE and A level subject choices in terms of personal strengths, career aspirations and employment opportunities;
  • To promote pupils’ understanding of the connection between classroom activities and the world of work by maintaining and developing links with local employers;
  • To enrich pupils’ educational experience across the school by encouraging and facilitating the inclusion of subject specific career opportunities within individual subjects;
  • To encourage and support diversity and individuality in the choice of career pathway, be this in Further or Higher Education or in vocational opportunities.

Magazine Articles

Banbridge Academy Magazine 2018

Key Stage 3

  • Year 10 receive a weekly period of Employability;
  • Support from Employability teacher when selecting GCSE subjects;
  • Parent/ guardian Careers presentation prior to GCSE choices;
  • GCSE Subject Choice Information Booklet.

Young Enterprise Quick Start Club

Key Stage 4

Year 12

  • A weekly Careers period: pupils follow a programme of study which promotes exploration of personal skills and aspirations, and a range of Post-16 pathways;
  • Guidance interviews for each pupil, provided by Northern Ireland Careers Service;
  • Additional guidance from NI Careers Service for pupils with additional educational needs;
  • Presentations from outside agencies to promote career exploration and employment opportunities;
  • Parent/ Guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices;
  • A-Level Subject Choice Information Booklet;
  • Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on GCSE results day.

Sixth Form

  • A weekly Careers period in both Year 13 & Year 14;
  • Presentations from outside agencies and local universities to promote awareness of career and employment opportunities;
  • Year 13 Work Shadowing, including placements provided by Work Inspirations;
  • Teacher consultations during selection of Post-16 Careers pathway, including HE applications;
  • Additional support from Northern Ireland Careers Service when required;
  • Mock Interview experience on request;
  • Student Finance NI guidance for HE student loan application;
  • Assistance with completion of HE application and support with final course choices;
  • Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on AS/A2 results day;
  • Parent/ guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices and Post -16 pathway decisions.

Additional Support for all Year groups

  • Careers Fair (alternate years): exhibitors from universities across the UK & Republic of Ireland, local employers and vocational pathways.