Careers Advice & Guidance

Ark Helenswood Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

Ark Helenswood Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Helenswood Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post-16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. [Ark Helenswood Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Mr Stephen Weakley with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity. For questions on this or Ark Helenswood Academy’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Mr Stephen Weakley

Careers Education Service

Our careers education service offers the following:

  • Online resources about a wide range of career opportunities;
  • A focus on choices for Year 8
  • A focus on choices after Year 11 - further and higher education, sixth form, vocational pathways, apprenticeships and employment. Help with the application process and CVs
  • Support for individual students (and their parents) to discuss training and career possibilities and requirements
  • Careers Education, programme workshops, presentations and careers events with support from external organisations

Outline of Careers Education Provision

For more information regarding our provision for careers education, please see below.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

When choosing a career path there are many things to think about. Location, interests and opportunities are some that may well help to determine what sort of career a young person may want to choose. LMI is another important factor is deciding a career path but it also gives the young person a variety of statistics that could help shape their decision. LMI can be a compilation of detailed statistical data of jobs and salaries, employers and employees, sectors, current employment conditions and future trends.

Measurement of Careers Education Impact

The impact of the schools Careers Education programme can be measured through the quality of student destinations at both sixteen and eighteen. See the graphs below that details the destinations of our students for 2018.

Careers Education is reviewed on a termly basis by the SLT to ensure that it is enhancing the students experience and improving the overall quality of destinations. The careers lead keeps up to date individualised records of each students’ engagement with the Careers Education programme. The school publishes the quality of its destinations on annual basis in September.


  • Y11 (2017-2018) 100% destinations recorded on CCR 0% NEETS
    • 22% Ark 6th Form
    • 78% FE
    • 1 student on apprenticeship
  • Y13 (2017-2018) 100% destinations recorded on CCR
    • 66% Y13 on to first Choice University
    • 89% Y13 at first choice university
    • 15% Russel Group
    • 16% other top third university
    • 3% Top 100 Apprenticeships
    • 11% employment

Careers FAQ’s

1. What is CEIAG?

An acronym for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

2. How can my child get a Careers interview?

In years 7-9 students will have the opportunity to speak with staff during and after school. One to one interviews are organised for Year 10 and Year 11. These are advertised in assemblies and via tutors. Sixth Form can request interviews or might be directed to by the Sixth Form team.

3. Who is in charge of Careers Education?

Mr Steve Weakley, Careers Education Lead. Steve Weakley can be contacted by email at or via telephone on (01424) 753040.

4. Where is the Careers’ Library?

Students can also access careers information in the school library and sixth form common room. The careers library includes College and University prospectuses as well as careers’ magazines and guides to apprenticeships. Any student can access it at break, lunchtime or after school.

5. Where is the Careers’ Noticeboard?

In the Library. It is regularly updated and includes information ranging from posters advertising College open days and evenings to the National Careers’ Service phone number and website.

6. What is the RPA?

Raising the Age of Participation: which means that the government expects all young people to remain in Education, an apprenticeship or work with training until their 18th Birthday.

7. Why does Ark Helenswood offer Options’ Choices in Year 8?

We believe that a 3-year Key Stage 4 gives students more scope for choice and to mature and feel focussed on their learning.

8. What is the Academy’s policy about work experience?

In Year 10 students will be offered a range of different types of work experience ranging from a week’s experience to workplace visits. In the Sixth Form students take part in volunteering as part of our ‘Give Back’ scheme.

9. What are my child’s option when leaving school?

After leaving school at the end of Year 11 your child has many options available to him but of course this depends on the grades that they receive. They have the option to go to a College to study a variety of A Level courses. There are a range of alternatives including: NVQs, BTECs, Diplomas or apprenticeships. These are usually courses and qualifications which are more vocational than A Levels.

10. Where can I find the Academy’s Careers Policy?

Click on this link - Careers Education Policy

11. What are the government’s statutory expectations about what schools should provide for their students?

The latest guidance from the government is: Careers Guidance Provision for Young People in School. The emphasis is on the importance of careers education starting from Y7, and to encourage increased links with employers and providers.

12. What is 

A search and apply site for FE Colleges and Sixth Forms in East Sussex and Kent. All students are provided with a log in for the site in the last term of Y10, and their account goes live once they are in Y11. Support is offered in PSHE lessons with using and applying through the site.

Helpful Links

eCLIPS is an easy-to-use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. The site also offers advice on topics relating to options at key stages, education and training, employability skills, job seeking and lifestyle choices. 

UCAS Progress


Apprenticeships in Sussex

Science career pathways

Careers Box

National Careers Service

Careers advice for parents

Future Learn Choices

‘Opening Your eyes’ provides the chance to look at what jobs exist that suit your interests.

It’s free to register and means you will be able to save your results.  Further exploration of the website will help you to investigate the employability skills needed for various types of employment.  You can also use the site to help you browse locations where you can study post 16 and see what courses they have on offer.