Castleford Academy

Careers at KS3, KS4 & KS5

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Key Stage 3​​

As soon as our pupils join us at Castleford Academy, we encourage them to start thinking about their future. During our twice-yearly drop down days in every year group, pupils become CSI’s (Careers Specialist Investigators) and speak to guest speakers about their career journey. This is an exciting way for pupils to engage with providers and to explore different career pathways.

Our Burberry Inspire project ensures pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have opportunities to work with The Hepworth Gallery, Northern Ballet, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Young Film over the course of 4 years. Last year, pupils across Key Stage 3 discovered more about working in the arts by collaborating with the Hepworth Gallery. We are very much looking forward to moving the project forward this year as we link with Northern Ballet.

Our Careers Week in March ensures every subject across school uses a range of approaches to drive pupils’ aspirations for their future with a particular focus on ‘Building Character’ in preparation for KS4 and life after the academy. As soon as our pupils join us at Castleford Academy, we encourage them to start thinking about their future. During our twice-yearly drop down days in every year group, pupils become CSI’s (Careers Specialist Investigators) and speak to guest speakers about their career journey. This is an exciting way for pupils to engage with providers and to explore different career pathways.

Our Burberry Inspire project ensures pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have opportunities to work with The Hepworth Gallery, Northern Ballet, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Young Film over the course of 4 years. Last year, pupils across Key Stage 3 discovered more about working in the arts by collaborating with the Hepworth Gallery. We are very much looking forward to moving the project forward this year as we link with Northern Ballet.

Our Careers Week in March ensures every subject across school uses a range of approaches to drive pupils’ aspirations for their future with a particular focus on ‘Building Character’ in preparation for KS4 and life after the academy. 

​Key Stage 4​

At Key Stage 4, we continue to build on the foundations established through Year 7 – 9 and our focus becomes more personalised for our students as they progress through to Post-16. .

Our Careers Co-ordinator works closely with pupils, making sure they are aware of all their options and are making informed decisions about their future. This is carefully balanced with building pupils’ character skills as they prepare for interviews and life beyond the academy. ​

​Key Stage 5

Students who join us for Key Stage 5 have a structured careers programme to support them as they consider their pathways for either Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment. Life and Society lessons ensure pupils are supported with CV writing and how to perform at interview. Further to this, we support pupils in writing personal statements and ensure they have employer encounters through our structured Drop Down Days. Pupils also participate in work experience placements for every course across Year 12 and 13 to prepare them for working life. ​​