Westfield Academy’s all-embracing approach to Careers Education is rather unique. Unlike many schools, the academy timetable includes regular lessons in PSHE and Careers, with a strong focus on preparing students for life after Westfield. As well as having a dedicated curriculum that supports students from Year 7 to Year 11 to consider the World of Work and their personal preparation for it, all curriculum areas offer opportunities to discover the relevance of their subject to their employment choices.
In Personal Development at KS3, it is interwoven in the PSHE curriculum and at KS4 taught overtly:
CAREERS PROGRAMME = A planned programme of Careers Education and Guidance in Year 10/11 is delivered by staff during each year group.
The main topics covered are:
- Options 16+
- Introduction to 6th Form and colleges
- The role of Inspired to Achieve (the careers service now giving advice and guidance to students)
- Finding information/deadlines
- Self- review
- The local labour market
- Employer expectations
- Job seeking skills - application by telephone/letter, completing application forms, writing CV’s, interview technique, entrance tests
- Enterprise skills (employability skills)
- Transition skills
- Action planning
- Work Experience Preparation
Our dedicated departmental staff in this subject are:
- Mrs Sarah Allen = Careers Lead
- Mrs Tamzin Mitchell = Careers Coordinator
- Mr Matthew Reid = SLT Link
All Year 10 Students are required to undertake a weeks work experience with a chosen Employer. This provides the students with a fantastic opportunity to discover a wide variety of industries, roles and tasks, ready for making those all important Post 16+ choices. Students are encouraged to find and organise the placement independently along with the support and guidance from the staff within the Careers and Personal Development department.
The dates for this years Work Experience are Monday 28 March to Friday 1 March.
Our Work Experience Coordinator is Mrs Tamzin Mitchell and the contact details for this department are:
Telephone: 01935 446863
Main Office: 01935 423747
Apprenticeships and Post 16+ Providers
Westfield Academy prides itself on the excellent rapport it has with local employers, post 16+ venues and training providers. They regularly contact us with up to date information on what is currently available and how to apply. We also invite these links into school for working lunches, lesson presentations and interview practice.
Regular information is displayed in and around the school as well as on our internal briefing section.
We welcome any local employers, post 16+ venues and training providers to get in touch regarding opportunities for work experience and beyond.
Please contact Tamzin Mitchell for further information using the details above.
Further Post 14 and Post 16+ Information
Where can a subject lead? Wondering about making choices regarding subjects to study Post 14 or Post 16?
Here are some useful resources to help you make informed choices about the future, as well as a link for Parents on Apprenticeships. Select the link and then look at the relevant subject area guide:
Investors in Careers Award
Westfield Academy are the first school in the area to be granted the highly prestigious Investors in Careers Award; awarded under the Careers Development Institute framework 2015. This is a nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard award which acknowledges excellence in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
Careers Advice at Westfield Academy
Students at Westfield Academy have access to valuable careers information, advice and guidance - provided by the organisation Inspired to Achieve (i2a).
Beth Church is your Careers and Skills Adviser and she enables students in Years 9, 10 and 11 to make a successful transition to the next stage of learning and education.
How your Adviser can help:
Beth provides independent and impartial careers guidance by providing face-to-face interviews and group works to enable you to consider your options and draw up a plan to achieve your careers aspirations.
About Inspired to Achieve (i2a):
i2a are a subsidiary of Yarlington Housing and providers of impartial, independent careers information, advice and guidance. We work with young people to help them to make successful transitions into employment, education and training. We can provide you with information on all the options available to you and support you to find and access your chosen path.
Our advisers work with students in school to identify their individual needs and to steer them towards successful progression.
If you wish to learn more about us or please visit our website at: www.inspired2achieve.net
Your i2a Careers and Skills Adviser Beth Church can be contacted via these details:
Beth Church - Careers and Skills Adviser
Inspired to Achieve, C/O Yarlington Housing Group, Lupin Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8WN
t: 01935 404075/ 07833288909 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.inspired2achieve.net
Beth works in Westfield – Week 1 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Week 2 Tuesdays.
Please ‘like’ Inspired to Achieve Facebook page to get up to date, local and relevant Careers Information. There are regular posts on apprenticeship vacancies, careers events, local College, Sixth form and University Open Events and much more - https://business.facebook.com/i2aguidance/ or Twitter @i2aguidance
Somerset Skills & Learning: Information for Parents and Carers
Many young people face difficult decisions when they leave school or college. This year is no exception with many changes in how the government are funding post 16 education and training, the rising of the participation age and the introduction of study programmes and traineeships.
Somerset Skills & Learning provide a range of opportunities across the county and are always keen to hear from you if you need any information or advice to support and inform those important decisions.
Other useful links
Somerset Virtual Careers Fair - Thursday 14th October 2021 from 8.30am - 7.30pm
This year, the Careers Fair will be streaming live, as a virtual fair, to tune in with students, who can ask questions and find out more about Post 16+ venues and opportunities.
For more information please visit the website: www.somersetcareersfair.co.uk and register a place to explore what's on offer!
or contact one of the team: email@example.com
Your Future - Helping you Plan
Contact Information for Further Education Providers:
Bridgwater & Taunton College - www.btc.ac.uk
Tel: 01258 455464 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exeter College - https://exe-coll.ac.uk
Tel: 01392 400500 Email: email@example.com
The Gryphon School - www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk/sixth-form
Tel: 01935 811055 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Huish Sixth Form - www.huishepiscopi.net/huish-sixth
Tel: 01458 250501 Email: email@example.com
Kingston Maurward - www.kmc.ac.uk
Tel: 01305 215215
Richard Huish - www.huish.ac.uk
Tel: 01823 320800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexey's Sixth Form - www.sexeys.somerset.sch.uk/sixth-form
Tel: (Enquiries) 01749 813393 (Admissions) 01749 814404
Strode College - www.strode-college.ac.uk
Tel: 01458 844400 Email: email@example.com
Yeovil College - www.yeovil.ac.uk/coronavirus-hub/
Tel: 01935 423921 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org