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 offer one-to-one meetings with an independent careers advisor, host and attend a wide variety of key career related events and have integrated careers education into the curriculum to ensure students are continually taught about the wide variety of options available. We also ensure that students receive current, up to date information / experiences of work and labour market information.

The Careers Team at SCWA

Sadie Green
Assistant Principal | Deputy Head of Arden | Careers Line Manager

Phone Ext: 2234

Joanne Marshall
Careers Leader

Phone Ext: 2234

Jas Mato
Careers Learning Development Advisor

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 centers 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.

Careers Education Vision

To empower students to make inspirational, independent, impartial decisions by imparting knowledge of all future options within the confines of Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

CEIAG policy

Student Entitlement to Careers

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.
  • Independent information, advice and guidance on your future career.
  • An understanding of the opportunities that are available and how to access them, so they can make positive decisions for their future.
  • Access to independent and impartial guidance to assist in making choices and plans that are right for the individual.
  • A Careers Action Plan, so you can plan for your future with our help.
  • 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.

Who can help? Form Tutors, Teachers and other staff, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Careers Adviser.

Careers Provision Outline

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

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

National Skills Day

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

National Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week

Career Drop in Sessions

Summer Term

Launch of Globalbridge

Finance Fortnight

Career Drop in Sessions

Autumn Term

National Skills Day 

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

National Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Career Drop in Sessions

Summer Term

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

Launch of Globalbridge

Finance Fortnight

Career Drop in Sessions

Autumn Term

National Skills Day 

Launch of the Leigh Aspire Programme

Launch of Duke of Edinburgh

Launch of Combined Cadets Force

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

Tutor Programme:  Making choices for GCSE and beyond

Year 9 Options Evening 

National Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week 

Leigh Aspire Programme

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Combined Cadets Force

Career Drop in Sessions

Summer Term

Launch of Globalbridge

Finance Fortnight

Career Drop in Sessions

Autumn Term

The Stationers’ Livery Company, Leigh Academies trust and Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy Skills Event (Postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Work Experience Launch 

National Skills Day 

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

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

Work Experience Drive

SCWA Apprenticeship Fair

Launch of Globalbridge

National Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Career Drop in Sessions

Summer Term

Globalbridge

One-to-one & Group Career Interviews

Work Experience

Career Drop in Sessions

Autumn Term

Preparing for Post 16 options:  Focus is on the range of options available, application processes and effective  interview technique..

Ravensbourne Progression Fair  (TBC: Postponed due to Covid-19)

Arden Open Evening

National Skills Day

Career interviews with independent careers advisor

Career Drop in Sessions

Spring Term

Career interviews with independent careers advisor

SCWA Apprenticeship Fair

Launch of Globalbridge

National Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week 

Career Drop in Sessions

Summer Term

Career interviews with independent careers advisor

Globalbridge

Career Drop in Sessions

Autumn Term

Welcome to Arden and Post 18 parents evening

Tutor:  Aspirations and goals, career pathways and Post 18 options and learning about finances

Moneytwists workshop

National Skills Day

Launch of Young Enterprise Scheme

Launch of Leigh Aspire Programme

Launch of the Duke of Edinburgh award

Launch of Combined Cadets Force

Brush up on your skills event

Work experience launch

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Spring Term

Tutor:  Work experience drive

UCAS fair 

SCWA Apprenticeship Fair

Launch of Globalbridge

National Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Young Enterprise Scheme

Leigh Aspire Programme

Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Combined Cadets Force

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Summer Term

Apprentice20 event

Post-18 parents information evening

University Open Days

Work Experience Placement

Young Enterprise Scheme

Leigh Aspire Programme

Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Combined Cadets Force

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Autumn Term

Tutor:  UCAS and apprenticeship application process, including student finance

UCAS Early entry one-to-one guidance

Personal statement workshops hosted by University of Greenwich

Pre-UCAS workshops hosted by Ravensbourne University

Unidosh workshop

University Open Days

National Skills Day

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Combined Cadets Force

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Spring Term

Tutor:  Achieving goals – practical advice and guidance to ensure success

SCWA Apprenticeship Fair

Launch of Globalbridge

National Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Combined Cadets Force

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Summer Term

Globalbridge

Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Combined Cadets Force

Career interview on request 

Career drop in sessions

Careers Policy

To contact the careers leader, Mrs Marshall email:  Joanne.Marshall@scwa.org.uk

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. In 2019-2020 over twenty Year 12 students took part in the Stationers’ Mentoring Programme.   The scheme involved business leaders who volunteered their time to offer support and guidance on a wide range of education and career focused areas.  Following a speed networking meeting, students were matched with the mentors that they felt would be most beneficial to them.   Students were in regular contact with the mentors over the course of the academic year, and the intention is for these links to continue during the students Year 13 journey.  

“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

The Academy continues to work on developing an effective Key Speaker Programme to allow students to engage and communicate with professionals from a wide range of career fields.  

For example, Professor Tim Luckhurst (a reputable journalist and political commentator) visited the Academy to talk to students about Journalism. He focused on how youth could be more involved in world affairs by listening to podcasts, radio shows or reading broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian.  He spoke about how fake news is masked by eye-catching websites and adverts to influence young people who are the most impressionable members of society and finally, explained how to become a Journalist and all the opportunities that this profession holds. Jaun Lopez, a qualified Barrister, presented a session designed to provide an overview of the role of a barrister, the journey to become a barrister and the realities faced in the profession.  Juan also focused on how to get work experience and what types of experience would aid the students’ applications into law.   

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.

Leigh Academy Trust - Aspire Programme

The Leigh Aspire programme provides our students with cultural and academic enrichment opportunities beyond the taught curriculum. The aim is to raise both the attainment and aspiration of our brightest pupils by developing their knowledge, skills and character traits thus improving access to the country’s top universities, including the Russell Group and Oxbridge. The programme includes students attending regular skills development workshops and attending events such as a trip to Cambridge university.

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

New for 2020-2021:  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 over the course of the academic year 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.

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.

Current Career Opportunities

For up-to-date information on the wide range of apprenticeships currently available in the local area, please click here

Careers Education

During their education pupils have access to careers education, information, advice and guidance. Each academy follows a structured careers programme which supports pupils to develop skills and attributes to prepare them for their future lives.

Pupils will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of career opportunities and future career pathways
  • Develop personal skills and qualities
  • Explore, develop and manage their own future career aspirations
  • Develop employability skills

Support for pupils, parents, carers and teachers:

The Leigh Academies Trust Engagement Team has developed a website to support pupils, parents, carers and teachers. Here you can find careers related information and resources including frequently asked questions.

Team Structure 

The Leigh Academies Trust Engagement Team supports all academies and consists of

  • Careers Learning: supports pupils through impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) enabling them to make informed decisions regarding their future
  • Working With Business: provides links with business and includes maintaining alumni links
  • Leigh Aspire: delivers educational programmes, supporting pupils to develop their character, acquire attributes, boost confidence and resilience