Careers Advice

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Work experience 2022

Many pupils are already planning activities, following advice from Mr Boardman. Please note work experience week will be from 27th June to 1st July 2022.

Careers, Guidance and Future Planning

Welcome to the Information, Advice and Guidance support at Atlantic Academy.

At Atlantic Academy our aim is to ensure that every student receives a comprehensive careers education to assist them to develop employability skills and knowledge of available pathways to enable them to make informed decisions at significant times throughout their education and future lives.

In January 2018 the DFE issued a new Statuary Careers Guidance which outlines the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks that schools should meet by 2020.

Atlantic Academy are currently achieving the majority of these Benchmarks and will continue to build on these in the future to ensure all are fully embedded in the careers programme by 2020.

Overview of the career provision

The Information, Advice and Guidance programme (IAG) at Atlantic Academy makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life and the future. The CPE programme provides suitable careers-related activities for each year group and, in KS4, is strengthened with guidance meetings for parents/carers. All students in KS4 are given individual interviews, which parents/carers are welcome to attend, before making final KS4 and post-16 choices.

All students in the school have a weekly meeting with one of our Coaching Tutors with whom to discuss progress and future plans. A team of staff offer individual counselling and support to those who want it on GCSE results day.

All students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial. It is integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. Students have access to Career software via the school website and Google Classroom.

Students will have any opportunities to engage with employers through our Enterprise Programme as well as school trips, industry competitions and a number of subject specific activities.

Atlantic Academy’s Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics (CPE) overview, outlines the academic programme for all year groups.

Atlantic Academy Careers Contacts

Staff who are involved in the Career Programme are as follows:

Mr A Boardman – Lead of Information Advice and Guidance –

Telephone: 01237 431969

Provider Access (Baker Clause)

Atlantic Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at Atlantic Academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Alex Boardman, Teacher of Physical Education and Lead of IAG, Telephone: 01237431969; Email:

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Atlantic Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process. A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Learning Cafe. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Atlantic Academy would like to welcome further providers to attend the school and speak to students regarding; employment, apprenticeships, training providers and employers. Please get in contact with Mr A Boardman if you would like to be a part of the careers programme.

Assessment of the impact of the careers programme on students

Atlantic Academy is currently working towards initiating a half yearly questionnaire/survey to assess the impact of the careers programme on students. Survey information received will be published on the Careers Webpage.