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Sixty-three of our Year 10 students participated in a week of work experience with local businesses - for photos and full story, see here.

Careers Day

On Wednesday 14th November students at Ark William Parker took part in a Careers Day. The day gave students the opportunity to learn and think about various careers and the pathways they can take in the future. A variety of interesting and fun activities were also available to students throughout the day.

Year 7 students took part in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) lesson that involved making a small toy car out of a balloon, cup, straws and other items. One year 7 class took part in a session that was run by Phil Edwards from Weald Tech which again involved making a small car out of certain pieces of equipment like cotton reels, straws, rubber bands, a cup and a balloon. 

Year 7 student Shay said “It was good o make something that links into what we learn in Science."

At the start of the STEAM workshop, Year 8 students were set a challenge to make remote controlled moving robots using limited items such as cardboard, milk bottles and straws. During the 2 hour session, run by STEM Sussex, they worked together in groups to each design, plan and make a robot. Once completed, the teams had great fun pitting their robots against each other in a game of football.

Alex who took part in Robot Wars said that he liked this activity because he enjoyed building things, seeing the end product and using it to play football.

A question and answer session gave Year 9 students the opportunity to interact and speak to employers from a wide range of backgrounds. Phil Edwards (Weald Tech), Sammantha Cattermole (RSPCA), Karen Reilly (Employer Advisor), Virginia Millington (Private Investment Company) and David Kerr (Insolvency) talked to the students about the jobs they do and the career paths they have taken. This enabled students to find out more information regarding different types of jobs and engage with the employers.

The Careers Fair in the main hall was buzzing as Year 10, 11 and sixth form students visited the stands of businesses, universities and providers. Students had the opportunity to speak to several different providers and employers about career pathways, various courses, apprenticeships schemes and options that are available to them when they leave school.

Year 8 and 9 classes found the fair particularly useful as some of them will be choosing, or have just started, their GCSE courses. 

The providers at the Careers Fair were: University of Brighton, University of Sussex, University of Kent, University of Surrey, Canterbury Christ University, Ark 6th Form East Sussex, Bexhill College, East Sussex College, Plumpton College, Apprenticeships in Sussex, National Citizen Service, Youth Employment Service, NatWest, Marshall Tufflex and NHS.

Student Sam said “The Careers Fair gave me a good insight into further education and I learnt that there are apprenticeships in nearly every career! I would like there to be more events like this at school.”

Student Quinn said “The fair was really helpful, there was lots of information on how to progress with your chosen career. I would like to be a Physiotherapist and I was given really good advice on the options available to me on the NHS stand. I was also advised on steps that I can take now in preparation for my career.”

Year 8 student Damien who attended the Careers Fair said “I liked the University of Kent because they explained a lot about what I could do in the future and what career path to go down.”

Graham Morris, Careers Lead at Ark William Parker said “It was an amazing day for the students, one which will have inspired many of them to start thinking more seriously about their future. The engagement from the students was excellent and the feedback from not only the providers but staff within the school was extremely positive.

Our school will be running more Careers Days as part of the PSHEE programme where the students will get more opportunities to engage with employers and prepare for their futures.

The Careers Day was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who was involved.”

Hastings Opportunity Day

On Monday 26th November, students from Ark William Parker and 3 other schools in Hastings, were presented with the opportunity to take part in interactive sessions in a wide range of careers. Students in Year 10 and 11 had a choice of over 30 activities which covered a range careers in different sectors including education, sport, health, media and business.

On the day, staff from local businesses delivered sessions to the students which gave them a chance to experience what it would be like to have a career in that particular activity. Sports analyst, law, creative media and plumbing were just a few examples of the activities offered.

Over 400 students from around Hastings attended the event that was organised by the Hastings Opportunity Area in conjunction with the East Sussex County Council and local businesses. It is hoped that after the success of this event that it will run again next year.

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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.

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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. 

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Apprenticeships in Sussex

Science career pathways

Careers Box

National Careers Service

Careers advice for parents

Future Learn Choices