Christmas Jumper Day and Student Council Letter

Letter from Student Council - A letter from the Student Voice can be found here.

Christmas Jumper Day Friday 14 December - For a £1 donation to their house charity, students may wear a Christmas jumper over their shirt and tie and under their blazers. Full school uniform and equipment is expected.

Careers Education

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Careers Day - 14th November

On Wednesday 14th November students will be taking part in a Careers Day. Please see below for an outline of the day and the activities that your son will be involved in.

Each year group will be involved in different activities and each student will at least take part in a one-hour session.

Year 7

Year 7 students will take part in a STEM activity within a period during the day. They will be taking part in one of the Dyson challenges. This challenge will involve making a car that will be powered by a balloon. Students will work in small groups and will get the chance to plan, make and race their cars against other groups. The activities will be run by a member of staff who is teaching Y7 at the time. There will also be 1 group who will take part in a STEM session that is run by Tomorrow’s Engineers.

Year 8

Year 8 students will be involved in a 2-hour STEM Sussex Antweight Robot Challenge that will be based in the Sports Hall. The session will be run by staff from STEM Sussex and they will be supported by 2 member of staff from the school. There will be approximately 50 students in each 2-hour session. Students will work in teams to design and build a robot that will compete in two challenges, the Football Challenge and the Sumo Challenge. They will have to trial their robot to improve and develop it using their understanding of Science and Technology. Students will have to work together using communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills to produce a quality robot that is successful in each challenges.

Year 9

Year 9 students will be involved in a one-hour session that will be run by Industry Champions. The session ‘What’s my Line’ involves current employers talking about their job in a carousel within the group. There are currently 4 employers from a variety of career paths who will also bring a prop so that the students can guess their line of work. This session will be run in L36.

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students will have the opportunity to interact with future providers within a Careers Fair that will be run in the Main Hall. Universities, colleges, apprenticeship schemes and employers will be present to allow the students the chance to investigate possible options after school/college.

Students will either report to their classroom or will meet in the top floor of the main hall. Students will be given a quiz to complete to encourage engagement with providers and initiate the conversation.

Providers that are participating: University of Sussex, University of Brighton, University of Surrey, University of Kent, Canterbury Christ University, Ark Sixth Form East Sussex, Plumpton College, East Coast College, Bexhill College, Apprenticeship in Sussex, National Citizen Service, Youth Employment Service, Natwest, NHS andMarshall Tufflex.

Hastings Opportunity Day for Years 10 and 11 -  26th November

The Hastings Opportunity Area is working closely with schools, colleges and providers to offer an exciting careers day open to all year 10 and 11 students on Monday 26th November, which is an all Hastings Secondary schools INSET day. We strongly recommend that your child takes advantage of this new opportunity as some of these activities are not normally available in work experience programmes.

Read the PDFs for more information and the consent form; the deadline is Thursday 15th November 

Careers Day Guide

Hastings Opportunities

Enterprise advisor

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Careers Education

Ark William Parker uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers Education programme. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. For more information relating to the framework click here.  

As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we provide several opportunities throughout the student journey that allow them to explore different career paths. We have developed a structured programme, which includes a wide variety of activities that is focused on providing high quality information and career guidance. This will allow the students to make the best possible decision for their future career paths.

Ark William Parker proactively seeks to build relationships with partners as we plan our Careers Education activities. Providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. This is outlined in the policy statement for further education and training providers, click here for more information.

Provider Access Policy

Careers Education Policy

Careers Education Lead: Graham Morris -

Careers Education SLT Lead: James Hamilton


Careers Education Service

Our careers education service offers the following:

  • Online resources about a wide range of career opportunities;
  • A focus on choices for Year 8
  • A focus on choices after Year 11 - further and higher education, sixth form, vocational pathways, apprenticeships and employment. Help with the application process and CVs
  • Support for individual students (and their parents) to discuss training and career possibilities and requirements
  • Careers Education, programme workshops, presentations and careers events with support from external organisations


Outline of Careers Education Provision

For more information regarding our provision for careers education, please see below.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

When choosing a career path there are many things to think about. Location, interests and opportunities are some that may well help to determine what sort of career a young person may want to choose. LMI is another important factor is deciding a career path but it also gives the young person a variety of statistics that could help shape their decision. LMI can be a compilation of detailed statistical data of jobs and salaries, employers and employees, sectors, current employment conditions and future trends.

Use the LMI widget below to research different jobs and different statistics relating to them. 



Measurement of Careers Education Impact

The impact of the schools Careers Education programme can be measured through the quality of student destinations at both sixteen and eighteen. See the graphs below that details the destinations of our students for 2018.

Careers Education is reviewed on a termly basis by the SLT to ensure that it is enhancing the students experience and improving the overall quality of destinations. The careers lead keeps up to date individualised records of each students’ engagement with the Careers Education programme. The school publishes the quality of its destinations on annual basis in September.


Last year we had 116 students complete their Year 11 studies with us, of which;

  • 99% are now in education or training
  • 78% have progressed on to providers which are rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted
  • 12% are here for sixth form provision and are now studying Level 3 A level and BTEC courses.

Of our 73 Year 13 leavers;

  • 36% have progressed on to a top third university or a top 100 apprenticeship provider
  • Overall, 61% have progressed to university (a further 7% have deferred entry to take a gap year)
  • 22% have progressed on to an apprenticeship or another form of employment
  • 8% are continuing in the sixth form for another academic year


Careers FAQ’s

1. What is CEIAG?

An acronym for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

2. How can my child get a Careers interview?

In years 7-9 students will have the opportunity to speak with staff during and after school. One to one interviews are organised for Year 10 and Year 11. These are advertised in assemblies and via tutors. Sixth Form can request interviews or might be directed to by the Sixth Form team.

3. Who is in charge of Careers Education?

Graham Morris, Careers Education Lead. Graham Morris can be contacted by email at or via telephone on (01424) 448304.

4. Where is the Careers’ Library?

The Careers library is located in L10 in the lower school. Students can also access careers information in the school library and sixth form common room. The careers library includes College and University prospectuses as well as careers’ magazines and guides to apprenticeships. Any student can access it at break, lunchtime or after school.

5. Where is the Careers’ Noticeboard?

Outside of the Careers Library. It is regularly updated and includes information ranging from posters advertising College open days and evenings to the National Careers’ Service phone number and website.

6. What is the RPA?

Raising the Age of Participation: which means that the government expects all young people to remain in Education, an apprenticeship or work with training until their 18th Birthday.

7. Why does Ark William Parker offer Options’ Choices in Year 8?

We believe that a 3-year Key Stage 4 gives students more scope for choice and to mature and feel focussed on their learning.

8. What is the Academy’s policy about work experience?

In Year 10 students will be offered a range of different types of work experience ranging from a week’s experience to workplace visits. In the Sixth Form students take part in volunteering as part of our ‘Give Back’ scheme.

9. What are my child’s option when leaving school?

After leaving school at the end of Year 11 your child has many options available to him but of course this depends on the grades that they receive. They have the option to go to a College to study a variety of A Level courses. There are a range of alternatives including: NVQs, BTECs, Diplomas or apprenticeships. These are usually courses and qualifications which are more vocational than A Levels.

10. Where can I find the Academy’s Careers Policy?

Click on this link - Careers Education Policy

11. What are the government’s statutory expectations about what schools should provide for their students?

The latest guidance from the government is: Careers Guidance Provision for Young People in School. The emphasis is on the importance of careers education starting from Y7, and to encourage increased links with employers and providers.

12. What is 

A search and apply site for FE Colleges and Sixth Forms in East Sussex and Kent. All students are provided with a log in for the site in the last term of Y10, and their account goes live once they are in Y11. Support is offered in PSHE lessons with using and applying through the site.


Helpful Links

eCLIPS is an easy-to-use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. The site also offers advice on topics relating to options at key stages, education and training, employability skills, job seeking and lifestyle choices. 

UCAS Progress


Apprenticeships in Sussex

Science career pathways

Careers Box

National Careers Service

Careers advice for parents

Future Learn Choices