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Careers at The Grange Academy

Along with our knowledge-rich curriculum, Careers in Education is one of the key pillars of Future Academies. We believe that a strong Careers programme is an essential part of raising the aspirations of our pupils and giving them both the knowledge and the skills to achieve excellence, regardless of their background or individual circumstances. This section of the website is intended for students, parents/carers, teachers and employers wanting to find out more about our Careers in Education Programme.

Our Enrichment scheme encompasses the following four areas:

· Connect pupils to the world of work, future education, training and employment

· Enrich the curriculum

· Provide exposure to culture, the arts and sport

· Build character, integrity, resilience and judgement

The PSHE programme covers part of the scheme and the Careers Education Information and Guidance programme cover the remaining elements.

If you have any feedback on our Careers in Education programme, please contact The Careers and Enrichment Coordinator: Neil Simmons,  020 8950 9502 ext.720. 

The Senior Leadership Team member responsible for Careers and Enrichment at The Grange Academy is           Mr James Wride

Please also feel free to contact the Head Office Enrichment Team, Jonathan Been, Head of Education Enrichment

Careers Education Information and Guidance Programme (CEIAG)

Careers Education Information and Guidance is an important part of preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned programme of activities supports the students in choosing pathways at key transition points that suit their interests and abilities and helps them to work towards a career path and sustainable employment.

Our programme empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures. We acknowledge that availability of information is a key factor in career choice and pathway decisions. It raises aspirations, promotes equality, diversity, social mobility, challenges stereotypes and supports young people to achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.

We are committed to fulfilling the Government statutory requirements which state that “Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).” Careers guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the student to whom it is given. Careers guidance must include information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.

At The Grange Academy, a Personal Adviser from David Ritchie is in school on one or two days per week and is available for one-to-one guidance. Every student in year 11 is offered an individual meeting with the Personal Adviser, and meetings are arranged for other targeted students throughout the year. We also have a full time Education Enrichment and Careers Coordinator based at the school full time to offer support for students who would like further support in terms of their career pathways. Alongside this, we have one dedicated career link governor responsible for ‘Personal Development’ who works closely with the schools to support with their industry network to help fully develop the programme. 

We look for and promote opportunities to collaborate with partners to support the programme to help students move on to positive, suitable and sustained destinations.

There is a stable programme of Careers Education, delivered in tutor times, in assemblies, during off timetable workshops, and through other occasional events in the school year such as passport or enrichment days. Work Experience is offered for Year 10 students or alternative provisions provided and students are encouraged to seek their own work experiences throughout the rest of the year to build on their network and industry engagement. To build on skills and develop proficient confidence to excel in professional settings and develop career aspirations. 

Career Opportunities and Workshops 

Varieties of opportunities are provided throughout the school year as part of our careers programme for all students throughout their education. This Includes workshops focussing on employability and skills development, guest speakers from a variety of industries discussing their educational pathways and selected career, and much more. Please see below some yearly opportunities for each year group. 


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Year 7

Assembly – Early Careers

Bushcraft Trip

STEM enrichment day

Army assault course – National Careers Week

Year 8

Work Shadowing Day

Stock Market Challenge 

Assembly – Unifrog introduction

Leadership skills – National Careers Week

Year 9

Options Evening for student and parents

Enterprise Day – a carousel of workshops  

Pathfinder Day at University of Hertfordshire

Assembly – RAF careers

Year 10

Globe Theatre Payers Workshop

Careers fair visit – Generation Hertsmere

Soaring to Success Programme

Work Experience Week

Year 11

Career 1 to 1 meetings – Independent Career Advice

A level subject taster afternoon

College & apprenticeship information afternoon 

Assembly – post 16 choices

Year 12

Wayfinder day – University of Hertfordshire

UCAS Fair – University of Bedfordshire

Work experience week

Talk the Talk workshop – Talk about the future

Year 13

Study Skills Day



Careers Clinic

Assembly – Life at university

Personal Statement Writing Workshop

Baker Clause 

Introduced as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers’ access to every student in years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy. This regulation has been enforced since January 2nd 2018.

Helpful Resources 


BBC Bitesize - Careers - BBC Bitesize

National Careers Service - Careers advice - job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service

iCould - home - icould

UCAS | At the heart of connecting people to higher education

Amazing Apprenticeships

Explore LMI data – LMI For All (WIDGET ONLY)

NHS Jobs - Candidate Homepage

Get Into Medicine | Trusted UCAT, BMAT & Interview Prep (

West Herts College

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal


Support for parents and guardians (

Advice for parents about applying from UCAS

Parent Page | Notgoingtouni


Free STEM Resources (Teaching & Remote Learning) | STEM Crew

School Services Overview - SACU - Career Cloud Quiz (