Careers Programme and Support
If you have any questions about subject combinations, jobs or careers, going to university, employment options or anything at all about your future, the Careers Team is here to help.
Appointments can be made directly with the Team or by contacting your Year Team who will arrange a meeting for you. Parents are also welcome to contact Mrs Monika O’Neill, Careers and Enterprise Manager.
In Year 7
During Year 7 all students will benefit from an Employability Day when they will meet representatives from industry as well as local educational institutions, including the local colleges and universities.
In Year 8
In Year 8, students will make subject choices for GCSE. The Year 8 Employability Day and the activities that they will undertake with their tutor will help to prepare them to make those important choices.
In Year 9
All Year 9 students take part in an Enterprise Day which will focus on developing their employability skills such as team working and communication, as well as introducing them to business mentors.
In Year 10
In Year 10, all students have the opportunity to take part in a two week work experience placement, choosing from over 500 placements in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. They benefit from a range of activities to prepare them for the world of work including a preparation day when they come to school in professional dress, 'speed-date' local employers and have an individual mock interview.
Some students are able to take part in the Mosaic and the Can Do Women Mentoring Programmes to boost their confidence and develop their employability skills.
In Year 11
Year 11 students are supported to make informed decisions about their post 16 options through a Careers event that includes a Careers Fair as well as presentations on the options open to them. Students will also receive information on Level 3 choices and the importance of the facilitating subjects and the impact of the new A Levels. Those students wishing to pursue more vocational routes will have a morning at Milton Keynes college to explore a variety of options.
In November, students and parents are invited to attend the Studio 6 Information Evening which is followed by a Taster Day, taking place later in the summer term. The Taster Day will give students the opportunity to attend up to three ‘taster’ sessions for the A-level or BTEC subject of their choice. All students will also be interviewed by the Year Team and the Studio 6 Team to support and inform their decision-making. All students are tracked by the Careers Team and those students needing targeted advice will have a session or more if necessary with the Careers Team. Students are also invited to the Skills Show at the NEC in November and if students are still undecided by May, they will be invited to our mini-careers fair with local education and training providers and employers.
Over 40 students join our Deloitte Compact Mentor Programme to work on their employability skills. The programme involves help with personal statements, CV writing, interview skills and presentation techniques.
In Studio 6, a full programme of careers advice and guidance is given to students to support them to cope with change and effectively manage their transition from the Academy to continuing education, working and adult life.
The Inspiration Programme, followed by students as part of their Futures Programme in Year 12, exposes them to a wide range of experiences designed to broaden their horizons and increase their knowledge of different pathways. The programme gives direct and meaningful experiences with unique and unprecedented access to five important elements of our community: business, arts and culture, police and criminal justice, the charity sector and personal health and wellbeing.
As part of their preparation to make these important choices, Year 12 students visit the University of Birmingham (a Russell Group university), visit a student conference at the University of Leicester and the UCAS Convention held at the University of Bedfordshire, where they have the opportunity to talk to over 120 universities and major employers, including the public services. As part of our Careers and Higher Education Days, they are given expert advice on how to make their personal statements showcase their talents, their achievements and their commitment.
Studio 6 students have many opportunities during their time at Studio 6 to meet with employers and alumni, so that they are able to keep abreast of the latest developments both in industry and the academic world. Their access to employers and apprenticeship providers means that they are able to make informed decisions about the most suitable pathway as they reach this important transition point.
Students are made aware of and helped to apply to summer schools and work experience opportunities.