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King Edward VI Academy

King Edward VI offers every child the opportunity to fulfil their academic, creative and sporting potential to ensure each and every child achieves academic success.

Careers Guidance & Post 16

We ensure the students at our academy have access to KUDOS which is an on line facility that they can use both in the academy and at home.  We ensure all students have a weekly careers form time and there are interviews, trips and assemblies with guest speakers for the year 11s throughout.  We help each student here chose career and higher educational routes that they are both capable and passionate about. Our aim if for every child here to reach their full potential and we feel that by informing them of all the paths and choices on offer and helping to encourage them to reach for whatever goal they have is fundamentally important.  Therefore we keep updating our programme to bring in more speakers or go on trips, we have careers fairs, 1 to 1 interviews, mock interview days and workshops, and are starting to link their classroom work with their career options ahead.

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Careers Plan

Year 7

  • Prospects STEPS Careers programme delivered in form time

  • Guest speaker from the working community

Year 8

  • Prospects STEPS Careers programme delivered in form time

  • Enrolled onto KUDOS. (Kudos is an on line facility which will give students the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destination).

  • Guest speaker from Local College 

Year 9

  • Prospects STEPS Careers programme delivered in form time

  • Options Evening

  • Guest speaker concerning Apprenticeships


Year 10

  • Prospects STEPS Careers programme delivered in form time

  • "Pupil Takeover" students gaining work experiance within different work places in the school enviroment
  • Guest Speakers

Year 11

  • Careers Guidance interviews and application support

  • Careers Fayre

  • Off Site college visits
  • Career Assemblies (Labour market/CV writing/interview techniques)

  • Mock Interview days with local employers and business personnel

Years 12 & 13

  • University visits

  • UCAS information and support

  • Student Finance talks

  • Gap year and volunteering abroad talks

  • Careers Guidance Interviews–in house and independent


Last Reviewed: November 2019
Next Review: November 2021

Teachers Role in the Careers Programme

All staff within KEVI have a responsibility for supporting students with their career pathways. Miss Smith has overall responsibility for the careers programme. In addition to this subject teachers are responsible for ensuring they clearly outline the industry links their subject has with the wider world of work. Form Tutors deliver the careers programme through the tutorial system and feedback student comments to the careers leader.

Information for Students

Please speak to Miss Smith if you have any careers questions or need some further information. Below are some useful websites. - local labour market information – for a range of careers information and support - apprenticeship advice and planning - for apprenticeship opportunities - to support students to find out more about themselves

Information for Parents/Carers

King Edward VI Academy is committed to providing students with high quality information, advice and guidance regarding education pathways, apprenticeships and careers.

We aim to help students make informed decisions at key times in their education, for example with option choices in Year 8, post-16 plans in Year 11 and in Year 12 as they plan for university or working life. In addition to dedicated careers input for all year groups, students also have the opportunity to interact with universities and businesses.

Our Careers Coordinator in school is Miss Smith who organises a programme of events and advises all of our students throughout their time at KEVI.

Email address:
Telephone: 01790 753260

Important careers information can be downloaded below

Information for Employers

At King Edward VI Academy we are passionate about supporting our students to achieve their full potential. A key factor in accomplishing this is providing students with inspiration through finding out more about the world of work and the local and regional opportunities. If you are willing to support and can commit time we would be delighted to hear from you.  Below are a few examples of how you could support our careers programme:

  • Mock interview day with year 11 in the summer term – our learners really value this opportunity
  • Supporting our CV and job skills workshops
  • Providing talks about your industry/sector and your own career journey
  • Allowing a group of learners to visit your place of work
  • Work shadowing/work experience placements

In dedicating your time to support our careers programme you are not only supporting community development but you can also support your future workforce recruitment needs.    How we measure the impact of the provision

How we measure the impact of the provision

We review our careers programme each year and ensure we involve all year groups. We monitor the value of our careers programme by ensuring our year 11 students are all following the destinations that they are interested in and feel both prepared and confident for their educational journey ahead.  We are using the COMPASS tool  along with the 8 Gatsby benchmarks to ensure we are providing a good careers service throughout the academy.

Who to Contact for more Informaton

The Careers Lead at King Edward VI Academy is MissS Smith, if you would like to discuss our programme of careers or are a provider seeking access you can contact her by email: or phone: 01790 753260

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