Careers and Future Pathways

At Open Academy we are passionate about the importance of good quality, impartial and independent careers advice, information and guidance.  We aim to raise the aspirations of our young people through careers education and other activities.  We ensure that students are informed about the changing world of work and the opportunities available to them and provide guidance on making effective and well-placed applications to Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and Apprenticeships. 

We aim to meet the personalised needs of each of our students and to assist with this Open Academy focuses on meeting the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.  These are -   

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking the curriculum to knowledge of careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

To achieve these benchmarks we work with our Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser from the New Anglia Careers Hub and complete the Compass evaluation tool on a termly basis.  Our performance across the benchmarks has shown a marked increase over the last twelve months.  In addition, we have close and ongoing links with UEA Outreach, Beacon East (Matrix standard provider) and NEACO (Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach).

How the academy measures and assesses IMPACT of the programme:

The success of Open Academy careers provision is regularly monitored by the Government led Careers and Enterprise Company who measure impact on students against the Gatsby benchmarks. Another key indicator of impact is our Destinations data.

The Open Academy Careers Lead is Vice Principal Kevin Ward who can be contacted on  or 01603 481683.  Dr Caroline Davies is Careers Facilitator, available on 01603 481672

We welcome ideas from parents, employers and other organisations who would like to work with our students either on our own premises or offsite, please see our Provider Access Policy for details of arrangements. 

Review date - June 2024

The following links will help you research your future pathway based on your specific interests:

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