Welcome to Careers


Careers research, advice and guidance starts in Year 7 at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and runs through to Year 13 in Kirk Hallam College and beyond via our Alumni. It is our aim that Kirk Hallam students have the skills, qualities and capabilities required by not only the UK labour market but the global job market too.

A Kirk Hallam student will be "well rounded" and will stand out from the crowd. They will know how to make the most of the opportunities available to them and what they need to do, to not only achieve academic success, but to get the experience, transferable skills and qualifications needed to fulfil their ambitions.

At Kirk Hallam Community Academy we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 13 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that they progress onto appropriate sixth forms, Further Education Colleges, apprenticeships, T Levels or traineeships. On leaving Kirk Hallam all students will have a clear career plan in place for Post 16 and Post 18 destination.

We support our students in making well-informed decisions in Year 9 in respect of academic/vocational option choices, at Year 11 for transition to Post 16 education and at the end of Year 13 for transition to Post 18 destinations. We offer impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options for all career pathways. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to enabling students to learn, achieve and ultimately realise their ambitions.

We are proud to celebrate the success of students whilst they are at Kirk Hallam but also after they have left via our Alumni.

Important career related opportunities can be found via the academy website and are updated regularly. If you would like a copy please contact ctunnicliffe@kirkhallamacademy.co.uk

The Kirk Hallam Community Academy offer:

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme that will:

  • provide good quality impartial and independent careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum.

How do we evaluate?

Kirk Hallam Community Academy works towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, is evaluated using the online Compass tool. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader. The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit.

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, governors and employers. This feedback is collected after each event throughout the year and is recorded on an evaluation report. This is analysed by the Careers Leader and necessary improvements are put in place for the next academic year. Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan where required.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in all students progressing to positive Post 16 and 18 destinations (e.g. apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, technical courses, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, GAP year or employment. Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors. A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader along with the Head Teacher and Governors.

Employer Engagement

Kirk Hallam Community Academy and Sixth Form welcomes contact from employers, training providers and colleges. There are many ways in which you and your organisation can participate in collaborating with Kirk Hallam, to help shape the workforce of the future. At the same time, involvement in this activity can enhance and address the training needs of your employees in developing the key personal and work skills essential to create a thriving and successful enterprise operating in the private or public sectors. Young people need access to quality experiences in order to prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and challenges that the future world of work has to offer.

You, your employees and your company could be the key to unlocking the potential that is present in every young person currently making their way through the education system. Employees volunteer their time to give young people the best chance to succeed in an ever increasing competitive and global job market, and some of those young people could become part of your workforce in the future. Some companies have taken the strategic decision to use specific opportunities to help them to identify their future apprentices; as they have the chance to see at first-hand how individual young people cope with the discipline, opportunities and challenges of tackling real industry problems, working as individuals and as members of a team. The purpose of this section is to help you clarify the benefits that you as the employers/employees will seek to gain by working with Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

If you are interested in working with Kirk Hallam Community Academy and/or College please contact Colin Tunnicliffe, Careers Leader.

Email: ctunnicliffe@kirkhallamacademy.co.uk

Telephone: 0115 9301522

Careers access statement - see below:

Policy Statement on Provider Access

Kirk Hallam Community Academy – Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing access of providers to pupils at the Academy for purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education and training offer. This complies with the School’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Kirk Hallam Community Academy have a stable Careers Plan in place working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks. The Academy is increasing its network of contacts and providers are actively invited into the academy. The Careers Plan at the School is continually reviewed and improved.

Pupil Entitlement

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:

To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.

To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical information and apprenticeships – through option events, assemblies, workshops and group discussions.

To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact, Mr Colin Tunnicliffe, Careers Leader, on 0115 9301522 or email ctunnicliffe@kirkhallamacademy.co.uk

A number of events, integrated into the School Careers Programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into School to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Careers Events

We are currently working on planning the following:

Year 11-13 Careers and Networking Fair

Year 10 – Mock Interview Day

Guest speakers are welcome all year round.

Please speak to the Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and Facilities

The Academy has facilities available for providers to come into School to speak to students. There is a main hall in for presentations. Classrooms and smaller meeting rooms are also available as required. The School will make available AV equipment for presentations. This will be advised and discussed prior to the visit.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Academy which will be made accessible for students. The academy is also starting to use of the Unifrog website that offers many useful links for both students and parents.

Approval and review

Approved March 2022 by Governors at Curriculum and Standards Committee

Next review: March 2023

Signed by Melanie Lawson Signed by Mrs D Chambers

Chair of Governors Interim Head Teacher

June 2022


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