Careers advice at The King Alfred School Academy

Stacey Leatherby- Careers Advisor.  Stacey is a previous student of The King Alfred School Academy, she has worked at the school for many years within the Safeguarding and Student Welfare Teams and has stepped up as the Careers Advisor in October 2018.

James Wilmot- Director of Careers. James is a Psychology Graduate with many years’ experience of private sector recruitment and public sector careers advice. James joined Priory school in 2015.

The Careers Office

  • The careers office is placed centrally in the school in the Student Reception area. It is open from 8am-4pm Monday to Thursday and until 7pm on parent evenings.

  • You can speak to a member of the team by calling 01278 784881 or by Emailing- sleatherby@tkasa.org.uk

  • We might not be able to talk if we are already with a student, but we will return your call within 24 hours.

  • You can also follow on Twitter for regular updates and ‘like’ the school Facebook page.

  • We run a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year. You can see our careers calendar HERE The calendar is updated monthly.

  • A monthly careers and events bulletin is circulated by tutors, Facebook, school screens and noticeboards. You can also see it HERE.

Why do we provide careers advice?

Impartial careers advice is vital in schools to help students develop the skills and ability to make the most appropriate education choices for their options within school, progression beyond school and in working life. A full guide to our careers offer can be found HERE

How do we deliver it?

Our careers offer is delivered in a variety of ways including specific events, activities, one to one conversations and embedded in the curriculum.

How do we know if it works?

We work to strict quality standards set by government and complete a self-assessment activity twice a year. We also listen to student, family and staff feedback and respond accordingly.

When do we update our offer?

Our offer is always in development and new events and activities are being rolled out throughout the year.



Our pledge to students -

When you complete year 7, you will have-

Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office.

Created your first CV and attended your mock interview challenge with the careers team.

Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university.

Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

Have the opportunity to visit a college for an open evening.

Have the opportunity to visit a careers convention.


When you complete year 8, you will have-

Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office.

Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university.

Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

Visited a college for an open evening.

Have the opportunity to visit a local university for the day.

Have the opportunity to visit a careers convention.


When you complete year 9, you will have-

Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office.

Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university.

Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

Created / updated a CV and attended your mock interview challenge with the careers team.

Visited college for an open evening.

Maybe visited a local University for the day.

Have the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

Have the opportunity to take part in a college enrichment project.


When you complete year 10, you will have-

Attended at least 2 college or 6th Form open evenings.

Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university.

Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

Completed a week of work experience.

Finished your CV and attended mock interview day with local employers.

Attended a college taster day.

Filled your record of achievement with your certificates

Visited a careers convention.

Maybe took part in a college enrichment project.


When you complete year 11, you will have-

Attended at least 2 College or 6th Form open evenings.

Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university.

Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

Attended college taster day.

Have the opportunity to visit at least 2 6th forms of you are interested in ‘A’ Levels.

Visited the careers office for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school.

Attended application interviews at colleges and/or 6th forms with places offered.

Have a general plan of your career pathway.

Have the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

Have the opportunity to visit a university.

Gatsby -

The careers offer at TKASA follows strict government guidelines to ensure the quality of its delivery. The GATSBY benchmarks are-

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Careers and Progression Events

Our events and activities are designed to help students in all year groups. We work extremely hard to provide our students with a wide a range of activities to take part in.

In addition to the events, activities and one to ones that the careers team run for students, we ensure that careers is also embedded into curriculum, classroom and tutor time.

  • Tutor time for all year groups- Thought of the day, job of the week, career event shout outs and more.

  • PHSE for all year groups- Citizenship is a key part of a healthy, happy and successful working life.

  • Subject classes for all year groups- Career pathways are promoted in each subject during class to highlight the relevance of content.

  • Display boards highlighting career pathways in each subject.

  • Year 10 specifics- Collapsed curriculum days include college taster days, money management tutorials, CV workshops, interview skills and mock interviews.

  • Year 11 Specifics- Collapsed curriculum days include college taster day and young professionals day.

  • For year 11 students, extended work experience is an option as an alternative to an additional GCSE.

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What do our students go on to?

Our students progress to ‘A’ levels , Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

You can read our brief guide of options beyond school HERE.

We value our relationship with previous students and they are always welcome to return to school to meet our current students to offer the benefit of their experience. Our alumni network is very popular among our students.

Work Experience

Year 10 work experience is a key activity for our student’s time at school. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to spend a full week away from school in the world of work.


National Careers Service

The National Careers Service are dedicated to helping you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. They can help you develop your career with specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder.

Click Here


Careers Resources

Online resources -

As well as the face to face service and events and activities that we provide our students, there are some great online resources that you might like to explore-

Hyperlinks here-

Careerpilot is a careers information website, which includes: 
- Your choices at 14, 16 and 18
- More about different job sectors and what they are looking for.
- About working and studying — including apprenticeship and uni level study
Get the information you need to help you plan your future work and study at www.careerpilot.org.uk

Psychometric assessments are increasing being used in working life. Many can give you some interesting career ideas that you haven't explored before. Follow the links below to have a go!

Year 10 & 11 - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Year 7, 8 & 9 - http://icould.com/buzz/?ref=menu

All ages- https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/skills-health-check/your-assessments

Apprenticeships Advice

Click here to visit the Apprenticeships website.

The National Careers Service are dedicated to helping you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. They can help you develop your career with specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder. Click here.

To learn more about careers relating to each specific subject that we teach , please look here-  https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

For careers that need a degree or similar qualification, follow this link for more information on job roles, the qualifications required and how much you can earn- https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles

For information on Apprenticeships, what they involve and how you can find one, follow this link - www.getingofar.gov.uk

Not sure of what your career could be? Lower school students can try this quiz for some ideas - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/16-18-choices/find-career-ideas/buzz-quiz

Upper School Students? try this career quiz - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner

Build your skills and qualifications with free short courses delivered by - www.futurelearn.com

Find out more about Year 10 & 11 Career Events and Activities at TKASA - CLICK HERE

Partnership working-

Are you a training provider, college, university or employer who would like to engage with the school?

We are always very happy to invite stakeholders to school to talk to our students. This can be done in tutor time, subject classes, assemblies or at specific careers events. Please read the attached access policy document for more information-

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