Careers Support

Careers Support

A good understanding of Careers is vital to help motivate students and help them prepare for life both post 16 and 18.

At The Queensbury Academy we help students focus on their longer term ambitions by providing and range of support and opportunities. At Queensbury Academy we provide a comprehensive careers programme that includes all students. Students are supported with work related learning, options choices, exposed to labour market information and have the opportunity to experience the work place first hand. All students at Queensbury will receive a Careers meeting with a trained external professional and be aware of all post 16 and 18 options. Students in the 6th form will have the opportunity to visit Higher Education facilities and understand how to apply for higher level apprenticeships.

To ensure our careers programme is effective we annually evaluate the impact of the programme using outside agencies and independent audits. The low number of students that do not move onto the Level 3 study is an indication of the effectiveness of our programme. When reviewing the programme, we assess the ever-changing global job market and tailor our programme to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.

We are keen to provide all our students with the skills and qualities to be successful when in employment. Developing employability skills are important and we are pleased to announce that we are supported by the National Citizen Service, 4YP and a range of local employers.

Parents have an important role to play with supporting their children and we will provide monthly information on how to do this and the opportunities in the work place. We would encourage parents to have regular discussions at home regarding careers.

Teachers at Queensbury plan and deliver lessons which link students learning to the world of employment. This is key to raising the aspiration of students and allows them to make a more informed decision about their next steps. In lessons students access a range of labour market information which forms the base for discussion many discussion tasks. 

Year 12 have an opportunity to complete work experience in the summer term and our Year 8’s will complete a day at work with a parent. These opportunities will link with work related learning in the classroom and students will also have the chance to reflect on their experiences.

If you would like any more information on careers or opportunities to support students at the Queensbury Academy please contact Ben Dumpleton - bendumpleton@queensburyacademy.com  

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KEY DATES FOR 2019-20

Date Event
20th September  Year 11 work experience day 
29th October Year 11 Assembly on 6th form options
30th October 6th form open evening 
30th October Year 11 Assembly on University , college and apprenticeships.
6th February  Careers Fayre
9th March Year 12 UCL trip
17th March Year 10 speed networking event
19th May Year 8 ‘Take your child to work day’
26th June Year 12 Visit to University of Bedfordshire
15th July  Year 9 Speed networking event
1st July   Year 11 National Citizens Service Trip