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Careers Education at Alcester Academy

Careers Leader 
Mrs Helen Black

Call Mrs Black on 01789 762285.
Email Mrs Black on helenblack@alcesteracademy.org.uk

Gatsby Benchmarks
At Alcester Academy we are committed to implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks. These guidelines ensure that we are meeting our statutory requirements for your child’s careers education and our careers provision must meet these Benchmarks by the end of 2020.

The Benchmarks are as follows:

  1. A stable careers programme

  2. Learning from career and labour market information

  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

  5. Encounters with employers and employees

  6. Experience of workplaces

  7. Encounters with further and higher education

  8. Personal guidance

You can find details of the Gatsby Benchmarks in full here:

Alcester Academy Careers Programme
We aim to provide a stimulating and varied careers education programme for our students. Activities include:

  1. A structured programme of careers lessons in all year groups

  2. Careers information on suitable study options and labour market information, available in the LRC and from the Careers Leader on request

  3. Tailored activities for individuals or groups of students with specific careers interests or requirements

  4. Curriculum lessons which highlight the relevance of learning subjects which lead to a wide variety of career paths

  5. Opportunities to learn from employers and employees at internal and external careers fairs, super-learning days and careers talks

  6. Opportunities to visit local companies and organisations with the option of work experience in Year 10

  7. Careers talks in school by sixth form and college staff, with optional taster days in schools, colleges and universities

  8. Personal guidance interviews for every student by a trained careers advisor

Destinations after Year 11
All major providers of education post 16 will be visiting the Academy during the Autumn Term. Attendance at these events is strongly recommended.

  • Representative from sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers will be on hand at the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 18 October. They will be there to answer all questions on the application process, entry requirements and education post 16.

  • Colleges and apprenticeship providers will be exhibiting at Alcester Ambitions Careers Fair on Thursday 22 November, which is attended by all students during the school day.

  • Representatives of sixth forms will hold lunchtime meetings or assemblies to discuss the A Level curriculum and application process in detail.

Sixth Form and College Open Events 2018-2019
This information is accurate at time of publication. Please check the website of establishments you wish to visit in order to obtain up-to-date information. Some schools and colleges (in addition to the ones listed here) may request that you register online to attend open events.

Alcester Grammar School Sixth Form

Thursday 15th November (Register online)

Chipping Campden High School Sixth Form

Thursday 1st November 5.00 – 8.00pm

King Edward VI Sixth Form

Monday 12th November 6.15 – 9.15

(Register online)

Prince Henry’s High School Sixth Form

Thursday 25th October 5.30 – 8.30pm

Friday 7th December Taster Day

Solihull College

Blossomfield Campus and Woodlands Campus

Saturday 24th November 10.00am – 2.00pm

St Benedict’s Catholic School Sixth Form

Tuesday 13th November 6.30 - 8.30pm

Stratford-upon-Avon College

Friday 9th November 5.30-7.30pm

Saturday 10th November 10.00am-12.30pm

Stratford-upon-Avon School Sixth Form

Wednesday 14th November

Stratford-upon-Avon Girls’ Grammar School

Thursday 8th November 5.30 – 8.00pm

(Register online)

St Augustine’s Catholic High School Sixth Form

Thursday 8th November 6.00pm

HOW (Heart of Worcester College)

Redditch and Bromsgrove

Saturday 13th October 11.00am – 2.00pm

Saturday 30th March 11.00am – 2.00pm

Tuesday 14th May 5.00 – 8.00pm

Thursday 16th May 5.00 – 8.00pm

Warwickshire College Group

‘Options Explained’ parents’ talks (booking essential)

Wednesday 10th October 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Royal Leamington Spa College

Open Days and Evenings: (Register online)

Leamington: Thursday 15th November 5.30-8pm

Moreton Morrell: Saturday 17th November 10-1pm

Trident: Tuesday 13th November 5.30-8pm

Pershore: Saturday 24th November 10-1pm

Evesham: Wednesday 7th November 5.30-8pm

Post 16 Destinations of Alcester Academy Students
Provisional results from our destinations survey of students who left Alcester Academy in 2018 are as follows:


% of Cohort

All Grammar Schools

Alcester Grammar School

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

King Edward VI


Other Sixth Forms

St Benedict’s Catholic School

Prince Henry’s High School

Chipping Campden School

Stratford-upon-Avon School



Stratford College

HOW College

Solihull College




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