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 2015-2016: Careers Article

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.

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.