Careers

The Careers Team

Mark Gale – Careers Lead (Vice Principal)

Greig Foulds – Teacher with responsibility for Careers 

Andy Prestoe – Teacher with responsibility for Careers 

 

 

Futures hub

Careers advice, guidance and information is available at all times in the Futures hub in the Study Centre.  Students can pick up leaflets and browse materials during their free time by visiting the Futures hub. They can also leave requests for careers advice by using the letter box in the Futures hub.

 

 

Contacts

Employers, parents and students can speak to a member of the team by calling 01803 329351 or by emailing gfoulds@tqacademy.co.uk or aprestoe@tqacademy.co.uk 

 

Our Provider Access Statement is available to view below.

 

 

Activities

Students are offered a wide range of impartial careers information, advice and guidance.  This includes:

  • Futures assemblies
  • Habits and Character assemblies
  • Information available in the Futures hub
  • Work preparation day
  • CV preparation
  • Events such as the Focus Five employability skills programme or the Changing Horizons futures workshops
  • High Performance Academy university programme
  • Brilliant Club university programme
  • Work experience in years 10 and 12
  • Apprenticeship show
  • Individual advice and guidance sessions with external providers
  • Oxbridge information days

 

 

 

Careers Guidance Plan: Your future in 7 years

 

‘The most important thing you can do today is actively create your tomorrow.’ 

 

Our ambition

Our goal to help you realise a future you have not yet imagined, to encourage you to believe in yourself and to help you develop the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to achieve success. We want to help you create your future today and every day.

 

Why?

  • We believe that we can all be more than we think we are
  • We believe that having a goal and knowing ourselves can lead us to excel
  • We believe that self-confidence & ambition comes through knowledge, experience and success
  • We believe that the qualifications we study and the choices we make only have meaning if they help us get to the next stage of our lives
  • We believe that all of our students can excel

 

Structuring our programme and evaluating its quality

We will use the Gatsby Benchmarks to structure our programme and to evaluate its impact. We do this because they are an industry recognised standard of excellence. We will also seek to attain Careers Mark within 3 years.

The Gatsby benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme.
  • Learning from career and labour market information.
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  • Encounters with employers and employees.
  • Experiences of workplaces.
  • Encounters with further and higher education.
  • Personal guidance

 

Benchmarks 2-8 will be used to structure our activities for each year group. Benchmark 1 (a stable careers programme) will be achieved because the other seven benchmarks have been planned in a coherent and on-going manner, an approach that will allow students at Torquay Academy to deepen their knowledge and understanding of work related learning and careers in a recursive and intentional way.

 

The full Your future in 7 years plan (including details of how we measure and assess its impact) is available to view below.

 

Our Careers Pledges

 

When you complete Year 7, you will have:
  • Met the careers leaders and visited the careers zone
  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university
  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students 
  • Made plans about your next steps
  • Been given the opportunity to join the HPA 
  • Been given the opportunity to think about your future

 

When you complete Year 8, you will have:
  • Met the careers leaders and visited the careers zone
  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university
  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students
  • Been given the opportunity to join the HPA or the Brilliant Club
  • Reviewed your plans and thought about how they link to your options choices

 

When you complete Year 9, you will have:
  • Met the careers leaders and visited the careers zone
  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university
  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students
  • Created a CV and investigated some future careers
  • Been given the opportunity to talk to university tutors
  • Been given the opportunity to have a careers guidance interview
 
When you complete Year 10, you will have:
  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university
  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students
  • Completed a week of work experience
  • Filled your record of achievement with your certificates
  • Been given the opportunity to join the HPA or the Brilliant Club
  • Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention

 

When you complete Year 11, you will have:
  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university
  • Finished your CV and attended mock interview day with local employers
  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students
  • Found out more about our sixth form
  • Been given the opportunity to visit the careers zone for a guidance interview and handed in applications for your next step beyond school
  • A general plan of your career pathway
  • Been given the opportunity to visit  careers convention
  • Been given the opportunity to visit a university

 

When you complete Year 12, you will have:
  • Been given the opportunity to talk about your career plans to younger students
  • Been given the opportunity to take part in the Brilliant Club
  • Thought about your HE / training opportunities and made plans about them
  • Begun to plan your UCAS application
  • Had the opportunity to visit university open days and apply for summer schools
  • Been given the opportunity to visit the careers zone for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school
  • Had the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships

 

When you complete Year 13, you will have:
  • Been given the opportunity to talk about your career plans to younger students
  • Had support to finalise your UCAS application
  • Had the opportunity to visit university open days
  • Been given the opportunity to visit the Careers Office for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school
  • Had the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships

 

 

This information is due to be reviewed in January 2020.

 

TA Provider Access Statement 2019

Your future in 7 years