Careers and Further Education Advice and Events

At Ryde Academy we feel that quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all young people and will increase motivation by linking activities in the Academy with preparation for working life.

We have worked closely with Hampshire Futures to develop a programme which means that our students can access the very best impartial careers education. Our careers programme begins with Year 7 and progresses to Year 13

In Year 11 students work with their tutors to investigate different pathways post-16 including 6th Form and apprenticeships. All students have access to www.fasttomato.comwhich assesses their personal attributes and suitability to different career pathways.

We work with students to write CVs and covering letters to ensure they are prepared for the application process. Regularly we offer students CV surgeries. Students will have to opportunity to work with specialised careers advisors or employers to gain a deeper insight into their career choices. Throughout KS4 there are opportunities to attend specific careers fairs where students can investigate their options in a different setting.

We offer interventions to students who are struggling to make decisions about the next stage of their education or employment. Also, selected students are able to follow alternative vocational programmes. For example, we currently have students following courses with the Isle of Wight College, the Military Preparation College and the Wise initiative.

In Key Stage 3 enterprise runs throughout the curriculum, with each subject areas exploiting opportunities to link learning to the workplace. There is a particular emphasis on careers in KS3 in the Spring Term which ties in with the Year 9 Options process.

During 6th Form students have many opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of further education and career development. Year 13 students take part in a mock interview which are panelled by school governors and prominent members of the business community. In January all students are given the opportunity to do a work experience placement which enables them to experience the world of work. For enrichment students are given the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in the lower school or volunteer in the outside community as well as activities going on in school. We hold a careers fair every year and also invite in guest speakers for assemblies to talk about volunteering, university, work experience, careers in specific areas and organisations, for example the NHS etc.

In Year 12 students take part in a personal statement workshop and we continue to provide support for Year 13 students with their statements by close links with Chichester University and Brightside mentoring. Our 6th Form works very closely with local universities to provide visits and workshops for our students.

Information about careers advice and events can be found on this page.

If you have any questions about careers please contact Mrs Merrett rmerrett@rydeacademy.org

You can access our Career Companion website in order to access all-age independent and impartial gateway to careers, learning and training information.


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Careers Strategy 2019

Careers Speed Networking

7th December 2018

On Wednesday 21st November we welcomed over 30 Island employers to our annual speed-networking event for Year 10 students. We work closely with EBP South (Education Business Partnership) to develop a coherent programme of careers events for our students.

Year 10 students had spent the week in tutor groups considering the career pathways they would like to follow on leaving school after Year 11.

Then, working in small groups, students rotated around the employers and asked them a series of questions about their jobs.

This event forms the first in a series of three events which will take place this year. In January, Year 10 students will complete a number of workshops on CV writing and interview techniques. Then in February students will each have the opportunity to be interviewed 1:1 by an employer.

‘We believe these employer encounters are so important for our students as they give them the opportunity to explore their futures with someone who is outside their own family and outside the school environment. Some of our students will have got a lot from the challenge of sustaining a conversation with an adult, and will have benefitted from practising their communication skills’.

Moreover, statistically, students who have had three or more encounters with employers whilst at school are less likely to leave after year 11 without being in employment, education or training.

The feedback from both students and employers has been very positive and we look forward to running the rest of the programme and other events with different year groups.

Lyn Wakeford from EBP South said:

'Days such as this help to bring a reality to the school environment. We hold these events to give students the opportunity to meet with representatives from different sectors to inspire them to think about careers they may never have considered, which might help with the decisions they have to make for their future studies and employment choices.'

Year 10 Mock Interviews

1st February 2018

Year 10 students spent the morning doing mock job interviews with local employers. A fantastic opportunity to learn interview skills. In preparation they had also taken part in workshops on how to create a CV. They looked really smart!

Thank you to all the local employers who came into do the interviews.