Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

The Careers Information Advice Guidance (IAG) Lead at Attleborough Academy is Mr Stott (Progress Director of Upper School).

The Careers Adviser and Work Experience Co-ordinator at Attleborough Academy is Mrs Marianne Foster. If you would like to arrange a careers guidance appointment or you have any questions about careers or Work Experience, please email

Careers Programme at Attleborough Academy

Year 7

  •  Steps for Success
  •  Enterprise Co-ordinator seminars

Year 8

  • Steps for Success
  •  Year 8 GCSE Options Evening (where future progression routes are discussed with students)
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator seminars

Year 9

  • Careers Fair and workshops
  • Norfolk Skills Festival
  • Steps for Success
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator seminars

Year 10

  • Careers Fair and workshops
  • Norfolk Skills Festival
  • Work Experience
  • Steps for Success
  • 1:1 Careers guidance meetings
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator seminars

Year 11

  • 1:1 Careers guidance meetings
  • Collaboration with Norfolk County Council as well as training and education providers to monitor students intended destinations post-Year 11
  • Parents’ Evenings (where planned progression routes are discussed with students and their parents/carers)
  • Steps for Success

Steps for Success

Students have one lesson per fortnight on their curriculum and cover topics such as careers exploration, various industries and professions, pathways into industries, banking, leadership, diversity and many more linking to British Values. Students use to research and log their individual interests and career related experiences. This can be shared and linked with parents and carers.

Attleborough Academy Careers Fair and Workshops

External employers, industry professionals and further education establishments offer first hand advice and interactive workshops.

Norfolk Skills Festival

Norfolk County Council and City College lead this initiative with local, national and international industries, employers and educational establishments offering realistic and often hands-on experience, advice and demonstrations.

Work Experience

Students in Year 10 spend a week in June at a work placement that they have approached and organised with the support of the Work Experience Co-ordinator.

Enterprise Co-ordinator

Established links with Careers Enterprise Company (CEC) and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership provides opportunities for the Academy to work with local companies. During the academic year 2019/20, Attleborough Academy will be working closely with Aecom ( who will be offering opportunities for students gain further knowledge of pathways into various professions and a greater insight into what employers are looking for from young people in the modern world of work.

Year 12 and Year 13

  • One to one Careers guidance meetings – Careers Adviser available for meetings each week.
  • Tutor responsible for overseeing support and guidance throughout the students’ time in the Sixth Form.
  • 1:1 guidance and support relating to future and opportunities from members of the Sixth Form Team.

Meaningful encounters with Universities:

  • Assembly speakers from Lincoln / NUA / UEA / Essex / Gonville & Cauis – topics including:
     – Medical degrees
     – Student life
     – Student finance
     – Applying to University
     – Choosing a University
     – Actuarial Science
     – User Experience Design and Design degrees
  • Visit to UEA Higher Education Fair
  • Visit to the UEA Sixth Form Conference
  • Making decisions/applying to University workshops at Anglia Ruskin-Cambridge
  • Visit to Gonville and Cauis College Cambridge-Russell Group/Top 25/Oxbridge experience
  • Student finance guidance (University of Suffolk visiting speakers)
  • UEA Student Ambassador workshop (UEA visiting speakers)
  • Arts/Design Degree experience visit (Norwich University of the Arts)

Meaningful interactions with employers:

All students:

  • Assembly speakers from local businesses with speakers and topics including:
  • –    Price Bailey Accountants (Accounting careers)
     –    Morgan Sindall (Construction/Advanced Apprenticeships)
     –    R G Carter (Construction/Apprenticeships)
     –    Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Medical careers/Advanced Apprenticeships)
  • Visits to local employers including R G Carter
  • Teambuilding/problem-solving workshop led by degree apprentices from R G Carter

Students on Level 3 programmes:

  • One week work experience placement and tutorial led reflection
  • Volunteering programme (one hour/week in the community/education settings)

Students on Level 2 programmes:

  • Extended work experience placement (two days per week over 36 weeks)
  • Tutorial led guided reflection programme relating to work experience placement

Series of workshops run by a combination of staff/external speakers covering:

  • Decision making/futures/HE information
  • Apprenticeships (visiting speaker from Breckland Council outreach)
  • UCAS applications
  • CV/Personal statement writing
  • Research/skills for HE

Individual support with applications for:

  • UCAS/University/Conservatoires
  • Apprenticeships (all levels)
  • Traineeships
  • Employment
  • Personal statement and CV writing

Useful Careers websites

Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms

Apprenticeships, CVs and interviews

Higher Education and Student Finance

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