The academy believes that every individual should be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and that this preparation should be an important and distinctive element of the curriculum.

The academy will ensure that each student’s curriculum is broad and balanced to meet career aspirations as they develop, and that there will be equality of access to all teaching and learning strategies irrespective of gender, race, creed and ability. This will be achieved through consultation with the governors, teachers, students, parents/ carers, and the statutory independent and impartial careers advice commissioned by the academy

There is a comprehensive careers programme throughout the academy, beginning in Year 7. Work experience is undertaken by Years 10 and 12 during Term 5 and support is given to our students in their post-16 applications. Students follow a Careers Education & Guidance course as part of the PSHE curriculum. All students in Year 11 have access to our independent Careers Adviser for a guidance meeting and will receive a personalised action plan. All other year groups can make a self-referral if they wish to speak to the adviser. Lunchtime drop-in sessions are also available.

Overview of Careers Critical Activities/Events

Employability for Life

In Years 10 and 11 all students will follow Essex County Council’s Employability for Life charter. It provides full information about a student’s qualifications, abilities, achievements and experiences and thus provides a full record of his or her academic life. This document becomes the property of the student and may be shown to prospective employers. Students will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold EfL certificate once external moderation has taken place.

Work Related Learning and Preparation for the World of Work

Throughout their time at Greensward, students are given an understanding of industry in its wider sense, learning how companies are structured and function. They are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of occupations via personal contacts with industry representatives; visits to various work places; Industry Day, work experience in Years 10 and 12 and the Insight into Leadership event in Year 12.

Greensward Academy has established a number of strong links with a number of companies, both local and national and these include the British Transport Police, Essex Fire & Rescue, Anglian Water, Southend University Hospital, The British Army and South Essex College.

The academy currently holds the RoQA (Recognition of Quality Award) for Work Related Learning and also for Careers Education, Advice and Guidance.

Work Experience 2018-19 - Parents' Information Booklet

Contacts: Mrs L Vitone, Careers and Alt Ed Co-ordinator (

Year 11? Big decisions to make

Your main choices are:

Remain in full time education

  • 6th Form (Greensward or another school)
  • Further Education - at a college such as SEEVIC, SEC, Writtle, etc

Find an Apprenticeship:

You will be working and studying towards a related qualification

Work or Volunteer while studying part-time

For more information go to:

The majority of Year 11 students do remain in full-time education. Greensward students will not automatically be offered a place at Greensward 6th Form. Students must apply and you must meet the entry criteria for the courses they offer. Students need to apply for a place at 6th form or college BEFORE GCSE results are received and ideally by Christmas. Always have a first choice and a back-up option.

To find out more about apprenticeships see: The National Apprenticeship Service has also produced a guide for parents which can be viewed here.

All Year 11 students will have the opportunity for a one-to-one careers meeting with a careers adviser to discuss their plans but in the meantime:-

· Look out for Open Evening and taster events

· Talk to teachers to get your predicted GCSE grades

· Make sure you have a back-up plan

Useful links are below.

Free Essex Careers Guide for Students – The Essex Employment & Skills Board are passionate about ensuring that young people are aware of the wide range of career opportunities available on their doorstep. Therefore the ESB has created a new Essex careers website called:

What’s Your Thing? will help inform and inspire students in the career choices they make by providing an insight into the careers available in seven priority sectors which contribute significantly to the local economy and have thousands of job opportunities. These sectors are: Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Construction, Health, Logistics, Care, Finance & Insurance and IT, Digital & Creative.