Chelsea Academy holds the Quality in Careers Standard accreditation which is a quality award for careers work. Since March 2017, all the careers quality awards come under a single national quality award – The Quality in Careers Standard. Our licensed awarding body is Investor in Careers. We have held this award since July 2015 and are very proud of the efforts of our staff, parents and students in helping us to achieve re-accreditation in July 2018.

Chelsea Academy is committed to providing all students with an inspiring Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme that: is appropriate to their individual needs; motivates them to raise ambition and attainment and encourages them to consider non-traditional careers where their ethnicity or gender are underrepresented and which reflect recent developments in the labour market.

Throughout the programme, there is an emphasis on students planning for happiness with consideration to work life balance, celebrating their talents and contributing to society.

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) program that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5
  • Encourages all students to develop decision making skills and resilience
  • Equips all students for independent learning and lifelong learning
  • Meets professional standards of practice
  • Provides each student with high quality impartial careers advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

All Chelsea Academy students are entitled to:

  • A range of activities and opportunities that promote self-development, career planning and entrepreneurial skills including inspiring trips, visits and guest speakers.
  • Access to up to date, relevant and comprehensive impartial advice. This includes careers resources and a one-to-one guidance interview with action plan for all students in KS4 and ‘drop-in’ access for all students in KS 3, 4 and 5.
  • Individual on-going careers advice and practical support from their learning coaches.
  • Careers support which is personalised to their own specific needs and abilities including extra support for students with low levels of literacy, EAL and / or SEN.

During year 7 and 8 students will:

  • Describe yourself and know what matters to you and what influences this.
  • Demonstrate confidence in yourself and your abilities.
  • Identify ways to develop as a person
  • Research how the world of work is changing and the skills that people need to do well in their careers and their lives.
  • Plan ahead and know how to deal with changes as they happen.
  • Name the people and organisations there to help you in school and exactly what they can do for you.
  • Use your entrepreneurial skills
  • Try out new subjects that you haven’t studied before
  • Choose GCSE options that are appropriate to your interests and talents.

During year 9, 10 and 11 students will:

  • Describe how the world of work and different types of business contribute to the economy.
  • Challenge stereotyping, discrimination and other cultural and social barriers to choice.
  • Aim high.
  • Find information on career opportunities and how they are changing.
  • Identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks so that you can plan career pathways.
  • Make informed choices about your options for the future.
  • Relate your abilities, attributes and achievements to your career plans.
  • Complete application forms, a CV and a personal statement.
  • Prepare for interviews.
  • Demonstrate a range of enterprise skills.
  • Undertake work experience for at least one week and reflect on the skills you have used and contacts you have made.

During year 12 and 13 students will:

  • Aim high.
  • Visit at least two Universities.
  • Identify where to find current labour market information and apply this information to your career plans.
  • Attend a Higher Education fair where you will meet students and representatives from a range of Universities.
  • Consider a range of reputable opportunities that are an alternative to University.
  • Be inspired by representatives from a range of careers.
  • Demonstrate your interview skills and receive professional feedback.
  • Complete a high quality UCAS application.
  • Undertake at least one week of high quality work experience.
  • Have the opportunity to continue work experience throughout the year.
  • Update your CV with professional support.
  • Network with a range of successful professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Work Experience

All pupils receive the following work experience opportunities.