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A Review of the Academic Year 2018/19


As always there is a lot to pack into the school year, alongside the individual Information, Advice and Guidance interviews that all the Year 11's have, with a follow up, if needs be, to help them plan their next step for life after The Hereford Academy.


Years 9 and 10 have been on university visits and trips, and some Year 10 students will be attending a Summer Residential visit to University College Birmingham and to the University of Birmingham.


Our Year 10's have just completed their work experience week, which can be daunting, but is essential to help them consider their future goals and ambitions. Thank you to any parents/carers who had to become a 'taxi' service for the week! They will soon be going on a 'taster' day at the Three Colleges, and completing a C.V. day, to help them focus on employability skills, as well as academic achievements. This will be followed by a 'Mock Interview' day in Year 11. 


We had a Careers Evening for Years 9/10/11 and Post 16 in November, followed by College Open days, and assemblies on Apprenticeships and information from local Training Providers and businesses. We want our pupils to learn as much as possible about all the different pathways they can take after Year 11:    college/university/apprenticeships/degree apprenticeships, and more; so they can make an informed decision about their future.


Our Year 9's had a 'Career Detectives' day in March, where they spoke to 20+ businesses about their jobs and the skills and any training they would need to be employed. They have also just had a 'Medical Mavericks' activity day to find out about the huge number of careers available within the NHS.


Our Year 8's have recently had an 'Options' evening to help them find the best subjects to choose for their GCSE's, and information from each department in school to help them do this.


We have been very fortunate to have had some outstanding trips paid for by (NCOP), which is part of Aim Higher, and funded by the government, to help our students achieve their very best. We have sent pupils to Geneva on a science trip, Barcelona on an Art trip, and others have taken part in activities in London, attended the Hay Festival, and visited a performance of 'The Christmas Carol', amongst other activities too numerous to mention.  


Good Luck to all of our students who have sat their exams!


Best wishes,


Dee Waters [Careers Advisor]

Careers Policy

Open Evenings 2019-20


Herefordshire & Worcestershire Group Training Association:
13th & 18th February, 4.00pm-7.00pm 


Herefordshire & Ludlow College:

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday 12th March 2020, 4.30pm - 7.00pm


Hereford Sixth Form College:

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 5.00pm-8.00pm


Hereford College of Arts:

College-level Open Day – Saturday 12 October - 10:00am
College-level Open Evening – Monday 11 November - 6:00pm

College-level Open Evening – Tuesday 3 December - 6:00pm

College-level Open Evening – Wednesday 8 January 2020 - 6:00pm

College-level Open Day – Saturday 25 January 2020 - 10:00am

College-level Open Evening – Thursday 13 February 2020 - 6:00pm

College-level Open Evening – Thursday 12 March 2020 - 6:00pm

College-level Open Evening – Tuesday 21 April 2020 - 6:00pm

College-level Open Evening – Thursday 14 May 2020 - 6:00pm

Year 11 Careers Assemblies


A series of assemblies focused on giving Year 11 students the specific careers information they need, starts this week.


These assemblies form part of our overall CEIAG programme and feature presentations from local businesses and educational institutes. These assemblies aim to outline the post 16 opportunities available to students, inspire them to aim high and select from a broad set of options.


They will also prepare students for the next steps they need to take during the course of the year ahead. Presentations will also support the teaching of the PSHCE work-related unit by offering guidance on how to find course information, make applications, the key events to attend as well as giving advice on CV writing and preparing for interviews.


Activity Studio 2.35pm – 3.00pm


Schedule for Autumn Half-term 1


TUES 24th September – Introduction to Year 11 Careers information and next steps [ES]

WEDS 25th September – Hereford and Worcester Group Training (Apprenticeships)

TUES 1st October – Hereford Sixth Form College

WEDS 2nd October – Hereford College of Art


Confirmed for Autumn Half-term 2


WEDS 13th November – Hereford and Ludlow College

Useful Websites for Careers Information


  1. This has good, detailed job information sheets on it.  It is accessed by using the school postcode as a login which must be typed in capitals e.g. for Fairfield High School use FAIR0SG. (You can access this in school and at home). Also, information on Option Choices.

  2. This is free to use and has good video clips of people in different industries talking about what their job is really like. You could also try the BUZZ QUIZ to give you ideas.

  3. This is largely aimed at adults but has some good information in their Job Profiles section.

  4. Use this to look for apprenticeship vacancies, both locally and nationally, and apply online. Check application deadlines – apprenticeships are advertised all year round for ages 16-60.

  5. The university application site. This is useful to see the range of degrees on offer and to check ‘entry requirements’ which could impact on ‘A’ level choices.

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