Careers

Welcome to the Careers section

At Firth Park Academy we are committed to helping our students to achieve their true potential, whilst also being fully prepared for the transition into the ever-changing world of work.

Many students may leave unsure of their exact career path; however they will leave knowing the following:

  • Strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to use a range of up to date resources to help research suitable careers, ideas and decision making.
  • Help with interpreting career information.
  • One to one support to help explore career ideas and gain confidence.
  • Ongoing sessions to improve skills e.g. CV and cover writing, interview techniques and what to do next.

We endeavour to follow the CDI Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education 7-19 (November 2015), and all additional guidance from the Department of Education and Ofsted. We believe that every student should be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and that this is an important element of the curriculum.

Alongside the support of our Careers Co-ordinator, parents and carers also have a responsibility to support their child. You as a parent/carer should have an active role in exploring options and choices, as this will impact on the rest of your child’s life.

We are enthusiastic to engage with businesses and organisations to enhance our careers education programme for our students.

Post-16 options

Students need to make the best plans for their future after Y11. This involves one of three routes - Academic Study, Vocational Study or Apprenticeships.


Academic Study - Primarily A-Levels in traditional subjects, such as English, Maths, Sciences, Humanities etc.

Vocational Study - BTECs and T-Levels in subjects such as Health & Social Care, ICT, Engineering etc.

Apprenticeships - Working in a real workplace, with part time learning in that work sector to gain qualifications while gaining workplace experience.

Preparing students for employment

We understand the importance of preparing our young people for the world of work. Our aim is to ensure that all students have a clear idea of the changing world of employment and the skills and qualities they will need, along with their qualifications, to succeed within it. We are committed to ensuring that all Y10 students have the opportunity take part in at least one Work Experience placement during Year 10. We are also part of the Employer-driven Cutler’s “Made in Sheffield” Ambassador Programme, with students currently in the STEM, Cultural and NHS strands of the programme enjoying additional opportunities to gain invaluable experience from employers in the workplace. In addition, we are committed to exposing our students to as many employer-led contacts as we can – recent examples include our top set Y11 Maths students working with the Chartered Institute of Insurers (CII), our Y10 Business students visiting the Coca Cola bottling plant and our Y11 Job Seekers attending the annual "Be Inspired" Apprenticeship Event at Ponds Forge.

If you are interested in working in partnership with us or keen to offer opportunities to our students or academy, please contact our Careers Coordinator:

Mr L Collins via email or via telephone on 0114 257 6238

Availability: Monday - Thursday (8.30am – 4.30pm)

As Firth Park Academy does not have the option of staying on for post-16 qualifications, students will need to consider applying to another school for sixth form, college or an apprenticeship. It is important that our students give themselves enough time to think about this, it is never too early to start to think about your options and chosen career path.

FPA Careers Education & Guidance Programme Statement

Our Careers Leader

Mr L Collins (Careers Leader & Qualified Careers Adviser)

Telephone: 0114 2576238 or email: lcollins@firthparkacademy.org

Availability: Monday to Thursday (8.30am - 4.30pm, term time only)


If you are interested in working in partnership with us, offer opportunities to our students/academy, or have any additional queries, please contact us.