Careers and Year 11 Transition

At Park Campus Academy we recognise that Careers information, advice and guidance helps young people to make the right decisions about their learning and progression.

All departments within the school recognise the importance of career education, and provide additional support, information and opportunities throughout the curriculum.

Careers Lead at Park Campus Academy

Careers Award

The school has been awarded a Careers Award and is working towards embedding the eight Gatsby benchmarks linked to the new statutory guidance for career education.

The Gatsby benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career & labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers & employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounter with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Key Stage 4

Students develop skills needed for the world of work through our Prince's Trust curriculum which offers accreditation from Entry Level 3 to Level 2 (dependent on age and ability).

This allows them the opportunity to complete CVs, mock interviews, and work experience alongside softer skills such as teamwork and communication.

Throughout Year 11 students will be supported to make college applications, attend college open days and get personalised progression advice.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students work on developing 'soft skills' from the world of work, such as teamwork, communication, community projects and Enterprise.

Careers Programme Evaluation

The effectiveness and impact of the Careers Strategy and the Careers’ Provision Action Plan will be based on the following evaluation methods:


  1. Compass Plus evaluation / assessment online ‘tool’. This measures improvement against the eight Gatsby benchmarks. This activity to be repeated annually by 20th July 2021/22/23.

  2. Reduction of the published NEET student figure towards zero.

  3. Termly feedback via Student Voice (2020/21; 2021/22; 2022/23).

  4. Activity Evaluation Forms: These will record initial reactions of students, teachers and employers of each activity.

  5. The Annual Careers Impact Assessment’s due by 30th September 2021 / 2022 / 2023.

  6. Parental questionnaires (for parents / carers in Years 8-11) carried out by 30th September 2021/22/23.

  7. An Annual Evaluation assessing progress to fulfilling Governor approved yearly milestones, will be conducted each September from 2021.

  8. A ‘Summary Report of the Annual Evaluation’ will be published on the Park Campus Academy website each September (starting September 2021).



Provider Access Policy Statement for PCA

Potential careers educational providers will be required to refer to PCA’s Provider Access Policy Statement for relevant access arrangements. This policy sets out the opportunities for potential providers to visit PCA and explains how requests from these groups / organisations will be handled, together with the Careers Leads’ contact details and facilities available at the Academy on request.



An apprenticeship allows you to "earn while you learn" and on completion you gain a recognised qualification.

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available, depending on your skills and qualifications:

Apprenticeships have different entry requirements depending on the sector and job role.

You can get more information about apprenticeships or search for one you can apply for on the UK Government website.