Careers

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is fully committed to achieving a highly successful Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme (CEIAG), across all year groups (Year 7 – Year 13).  SCWA aims to support students to make informed choices about their future, enabling them to achieve positive destination pathways and to ultimately be successful in their chosen career field.

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy works closely with multiple organisations, agencies, universities, employers and apprenticeship/traineeship providers to coordinate a robust careers programme that offers students up to date information alongside direct experience.  We host and attend a wide variety of key career related events and have integrated careers education into the tutorial programme and curriculum to ensure students are continually exposed to the wide variety of options available. We also ensure that students receive current, up to date information / experiences of work and labour market information. 

Careers In Focus Newsletter

Careers Education Guidelines

The Gatsby Benchmarks offer 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.  They act as a framework to ensure that schools provide students with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance.  All careers education planning at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy centres around the recommendations.  The eight Gatsby benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of the workplace
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Raising of Participation Age

Students must continue with some form of accredited studying or learning while in education, training or employment until they are 18 years old.

CEIAG policy

Careers Provision at SCWA

During their time at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy students are entitled to:

  • A careers education programme: lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days.
  • Regular feedback on academic progress and how to improve so that goals can be achieved.
  • Support to develop better self-awareness to help students recognise their own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities.
  • Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open days, jobs, colleges, universities and apprenticeships.
  • Information, advice and guidance on future career pathways
  • An understanding of the opportunities that are available and how to access them, so they can make positive decisions for their future.
  • Access to comprehensive, user-friendly web-based information to help decision making.
  • Support with letters of application, filling in forms etc.
  • Help with choices in years 8, 11 and 13.

The Academy’s provisional careers plan, per year group for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found below  This is by no means an exhaustive list of all career related opportunities, but aims to provide an overview of some of the key activities and events that students will be involved in.

YEARS

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Tutor Programme – IB learning profile / work characteristics:  An introduction to key skills for success

National Skills Day

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

Preparing students for Post 14 options and thinking about careers sessions

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities

Career google classroom updates

Summer Term

Launch of globalbridge

Career google classroom updates

Finance Fortnight

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Launch of careers google classroom

National Skills Day activities

Career drop in sessions

Spring Term

Preparing students for Post 14 options and thinking about careers sessions

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities

Career google classroom updates

Summer Term

Launch of globalbridge

Tutor Programme:  Planning for the Future –  Exploring opportunities available, aspirations, improving prospects and making decisions about future career choices

Career google classroom updates

Finance Fortnight

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Launch of careers google classroom

National Skills Day activities

Career drop in sessions

Launch of Career Engagement Programme 

Spring Term

Preparing students for Post 14 options and thinking about careers sessions

GCSE subject choice advice and guidance / Option Evening

Career Engagement Sessions

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities

Career google classroom updates

Summer Term

Launch of globalbridge

Career Engagement Sessions

Career google classroom updates

Finance Fortnight

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Launch of career google classrooms

National Skills Day activities

Career drop in sessions

Launch of Career Engagement Programme

Spring Term

Tutor Programme:  Planning for the future – Exploring types of employment, employment trends, how to market yourself effectively, employment rights and responsibilities

Career Engagement Sessions

Launch of Globalbridge

Virtual Work Experience Launch

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities 

Skills 30:30 event

Launch of Combined Cadets Force (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Careers google classroom updates

Summer Term

Group career interviews

Career Engagement Sessions

Globalbridge activities

Career google classroom updates

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Launch of career google classrooms

One-to-one career interviews

National Skills Day activities

Post 16 career guidance

Career drop in sessions

Launch of Career Engagement Programme

Spring Term

One-to-one career interviews

Tutor programme:  Planning for the future – Practical guidance and tips to ensure marketability and success

Career Engagement Sessions

Pathway CTM launch

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities

Launch of Combined Cadets Force (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Careers google classroom updates

Arden Sixth Form Experience Session(s) / Activities

Summer Term

Group career interviews

Career Engagement Sessions

Globalbridge activities

Career google classroom updates

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Tutor programme:  Thinking about the future 

Launch of Career Engagement Programme

Pathway CTM launch

Launch of Young Enterprise Scheme

Year 12 google classroom launch including links to all opportunities and advice and guidance on Post 18 choices and career fields

Spring Term

Tutor programme:  Thinking about the future 

Post-18 choices guidance sessions

Career Engagement Sessions

Launch of globalbridge

Virtual Work Experience Launch

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities 

Skills Event

Stationers’ Mentoring Scheme Launch – Meet the Mentor

Launch of Combined Cadets Force (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Careers google classroom updates

Summer Term

Group career interviews

Planning for the future drop down day

Virtual Open Day launch

Career Engagement Sessions

Stationers’ Mentoring Scheme 

Globalbridge activities

Career google classroom updates

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Tutor programme:  Thinking about the future 

Individual UCAS support (including early entry support and guidance, personal statement workshops and interview support).

Launch of Career Engagement Programme

Year 13 google classroom relaunch including links to all opportunities and advice and guidance on Post 18 choices and career fields

Spring Term

Tutor programme:  Thinking about the future 

Individual UCAS support (Deadline 15th January)

Career Engagement Sessions

National Apprenticeship Week activities

National Skills Day activities

National Careers Week activities

Relaunch of Combined Cadets Force (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Careers google classroom updates

One-to-one career interviews for students who require further support and guidance on Post-18 option routes.(on request and via referral)

Summer Term

One-to-one career interviews for students who require further support and guidance on Post-18 option routes.(on request and via referral)

Career Engagement Sessions

Career google classroom updates

provider access policy

Careers Events

Stationers' Mentoring Programme

SCWA is in a unique position to benefit from an extensive range of opportunities offered by our Trustees, The Worshipful Company of Stationers’ and Newspaper makers.  One such opportunity is the Stationers’ Mentoring Programme.   The scheme involves business leaders who volunteer their time to offer support and guidance on a wide range of education and career focused areas.  The programme is targeted at Year 12 students and launches with a speed networking meeting to enable students to be matched with mentors which would be most beneficial to them.   Students keep in regular contact with the mentors over the course of their time at Arden Sixth Form.

“The Stationers’ Mentoring Programme has helped me massively with narrowing down career choices, CV writing, interview techniques and many more assets which paints the picture of the future ahead of me.  Each Stationer specialises in a wide range of careers, which allows you to match the mentor you bond with the most during the quick interview process. The interview has a ‘speed dating’ type style and allows you to highlight the mentor that you have an immediate connection with. Having that strong bond with your mentor, will allow you to progress to your maximum ability. There is a lot of discussion of what YOU as a student would like to do for a career, and there should be no pressure in making decisions, the Stationers’ are all warming people to talk to, and have amazing experiences which could make you stand out from the rest. My mentor and I have a great bond talking about current affairs, both of our interests and things we like to do for fun which makes the overall experience extremely worthwhile. It’s an outstanding opportunity and could possibly make a huge impact on your future, and you will certainly learn something new”

Alfie – Year 12

Stationers’ Livery Company: Skills Event

In 2019-2020 we ran our first Skills Event jointly hosted by the Stationers’ Livery Company, Leigh Academies Trust and Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, Sixth Form and Year 10 students benefited from two targeted skills events.  Year 12 and 13 students attended a ‘Brushing Up Your Skills’ event which involved a carousel of three interactive labs – Linkedin, interview skills and CV preparation.  Each lab was hosted by an industry expert.  Students were able to build up a useful portfolio of information for the future.  Year 10 students participated in a ‘30:30 Skills’ event which involved training on how to effectively present yourself to potential employers followed by a practical task, where they applied what they had learnt when meeting a variety of different business leaders.   Feedback from this event was so positive that we are looking to repeat the event this academic year, extending the event so that more year groups can benefit.

Key Speaker Programme

Our year 12 Film Studies students had the opportunity to join a live Zoom call with Documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia. This event was organised through the British Film Institute, Kapadia gave students an insight into his career pathway and the process he goes through when making his films. He gave a detailed account of his film Amy which is one of our A Level Film set texts. 

Students were given the opportunity to pose questions to Kapadia.  We were very pleased that a question posed by one of our students was read out and answered by Kapadia. 

A number of English Literature students attend the Stationers’ Company Virtual Literary Evening with Angela Clarke.   Angela Clarke is a best-selling author of crime thrillers including On My Life (Hachette, 2019), Trust Me (HarperCollins, 2017), Watch Me (HarperCollins, 2016), and Follow Me (HarperCollins, 2015).  Anglea has also written the humorous memoir Confessions Of A Fashionista (Penguin Random House, 2013).  Angela is also a screenwriter who was one of five writers commissioned for BBC Three’s series five of The Break (BBC Studios, 2021).  She wrote and performed the comedy short The Masseuse Who Pulled My Arm Out, for BBC Ouch’s Tales Of The Misunderstood (BBC Edinburgh Festival Stage / BBC iPlayer, 2017). For stage, she contributed a sketch to the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show (The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival 2016) and she wrote a one-hour dramedy The Legacy which was a sell-out at The Hope Theatre, London, 2015.  Angela gave students an insight into the highs and lows of a being a writer and writing tips; including how to research when writing a book, how to write a page turner, how to write dialogue and synopsis and how to get your book published.

Year 10-13 students of Media and Film were invited to attend an online industry panel and careers talk with ILM (Industrial Light and Magic). ILM is an American motion picture visual effects company.  ILM was founded by director George Lucas and is a division of the film production company Lucasfilm,  it was created when Lucas began production of the film Star Wars.  Our students had the opportunity to hear from different creative staff from Lucasfilm about the jobs they do with visual examples of the amazing projects and films they have worked on, such as Mandalorian.  This session was met with really positive feedback, one of our year 13s said “the webinar today really inspired me and I have taken a huge interest in apprenticeships to do with media and film”.

Annual SCWA Apprenticeship Fair

18 providers, offering a wide range of apprenticeship and traineeship programmes, attended our in-house Apprenticeship Fair.  Students from Year 10, 11 , 12 and 13 were invited to attend the fair and speak to the different providers. This enabled our students to gain a better understanding of the opportunities available and how to apply.   This Apprenticeship Fair is a well established annual event at SCWA which receives excellent feedback from the students who attend.  

Post-16 Progression Fair at Ravensbourne University

The Progression Fair is a recurring annual event on the school calendar. All year 11 students attend the event which is held at Ravensbourne University in Greenwich. The aim of this trip is to ensure that students are well-informed of the different post 16 pathways available to them via presentations and access to a wide range of sixth form providers and colleges.  Prior to the event students are briefed on what to expect and given guidance on what questions they might ask when talking to different sixth form providers and colleges.  Representatives from every Post 16 sixth form and college in the borough of Greenwich attend, allowing students to talk to a wide range of providers to get bespoke advice and guidance on potential pathways.

Apprentice Future’s Virtual Event

SCWA were pleased to take part in this year’s Apprentice Future’s virtual event.  Students signed up to take part in a wide variety of sessions covering a range of industry sectors including:  Natwest: developing an entrepreneurial mindset, pathways to law, careers and skills in creative industries, a career in engineering, Evening Standard: a career in media, starting a small business and BT apprenticeships.  The session offered a wealth of information regarding each sector including insights into the apprenticeship pathways available within the industry and offered advice and guidance on how to ensure success in a very competitive market.   

Alumni Support

The Academy has developed an excellent Alumni programme where former students offer current students a wide variety of support in areas such as: portfolio development for creative art course applications, key speaker advice on entrepreneurship and guidance on the application process for Medicine and Biomedical degree programmes. 

coming soon.. Globalbridge and Unifrog

The academy continually strives to improve it’s careers programme so that our students are well placed to compete in a global market beyond life at SCWA. To this end, we will be working on a new venture with globalbridge, a pioneering EdTech platform that specialises in connecting young people and education with employers, apprenticeships and universities.  This will be launched across all year groups and will allow students to record and showcase themselves by creating a student profile that includes a student biography, current education/work status, experiences and education (similar to the National Record of Achievement).  It will also provide students with connections to applicable career related opportunities, information and providers.  A selection of students will also be invited to attend events, such as the FutureStar event hosted by globalbridge.

We have also recently subscribed to Unifrog. Unifrog is the complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3, KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability.   It is the only place where students can compare every university, apprenticeship and FE courses in the UK, as well as universities in 30 other countries across the world. Unifrog allows students to access up-to-date labour market information alongside advice and guidance on both subject choices and careers for all routes.  

More information to follow!

Investors in Careers Statement

Investor in Careers is a nationally recognised organisation that issues the Quality of Careers Standards Award to schools that demonstrate high quality standards when it comes to the CEIAG programme that it provides.  Investor in Careers Award holders must demonstrate a commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all young people.  Achievement of the Award is deemed to be one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work. The Investor in Careers standard focuses on improving students’ awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their full potential.  In July 2020, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy began its journey towards attaining the Investors In Careers Quality of Careers Standards Award.  To achieve this status, we will be working through the four stage process, demonstrating to the awarding body that we have a robust and stable careers programme which addresses the career learning needs of each student and prepares all students for choices, decisions and transitions.

For any enquiries, please contact the Careers Line Manager, Sadie Green via sadie.green@scwa.org.uk