Careers

Aims & Vision

Bradfields Academy aims to deliver high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to young people with special educational needs, in a meaningful and appropriate way, according to individual needs and circumstances.

Our vision is to increase the opportunities our students have of finding quality, paid employment in later life.

All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan [EHCP] review meeting each year. As part of this, future plans around education, careers, independence and aspirations for adult life are discussed, identifying an appropriate level for the individual student in question and guiding them towards pathways to achieve their future ambitions.

Bradfields Academy is committed to meeting all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as a way of ensuring we deliver the best Career Information Advice and Guidance we can to our students.  Bradfields academy is a member of the Kent and Medway careers and Enterprise Hub, who support the academy in achieving the benchmarks. A summary of how we achieve each benchmark is found below.

Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme

A copy of the Career Policy that identifies the Academies Vision Aims and Purpose along with student’s entitlement can be found on our Policies page.

In order to support students to achieve their aspirations, careers education, information, advice and guidance at Bradfields Academy consists of the following elements:

  • Life Skills and Employability lessons to support students to identify their skills, interests and talents, including CV writing, interview techniques and applications.
  • Work Related Learning opportunities offering meaningful vocational experiences on site.
  • Both on and off Site Work Experience at local businesses and charities suitable to an individual student’s needs and capabilities.
  • Support from Bradfields and external agencies, with job coaching and planning the next steps after leaving the academy.
  • Independent and impartial careers interviews.
  • Financial literacy and budgeting, where appropriate for students.

Full details of the careers programme for each individual Key Stage can be found in the Academy Careers Provision Map

Information on how external education and training providers can gain access to Bradfields’ students can be found in the Provider Access Policy. Our policies can be found on our Policies page.

The careers Leader for the Academy is Vice Principal, Elizabeth Halton.  She can be contacted by calling 01634 683990 or emailing office@fortistrust.co.uk and marking it for her attention.

Benchmark 2: Learning from careers and labour market

Year 9 students decide on their options in the spring term prior to starting Year 10. Students are provided with support and guidance to help ensure choices made support their future career ambitions and aspirations.  This includes an information evening for parents and carers and the dates for these are published in advance.  The range of these 2 year courses can be found in the Key Stage 4 curriculum section of our website, located here.

Year 11 students decide on their options for Post 16 in the spring prior to starting Year 12. At this stage, they will join one of two pathways. If students are considering further education when they leave the academy, and there is a realistic possibility that they will be able to go into a course that is of a higher level than they are studying at Bradfields, then they will be placed on a learning pathway which will give them more choices of academic subjects to follow. If students know that they want to go into employment or it is felt that it is unrealistic to be going on to further education then they will have a place on the employability pathway.

Details of the options available for these two pathways can be found within the two Curriculum Booklets, which are available here: Curriculum Page

The Year 14 curriculum has been developed to further build on achievements in Years 12 and 13, and also offer courses that improve a student’s employability and core skills for life. Courses include supported life skills for young adults such as Travel Training and community volunteering.

Labour Market Information

In order for you to be able to support your child in making informed career choices please find below resource links that can give you information on the jobs and industries available locally.

Benchmark 3: Addressing the need of each pupil

Careers information and guidance at Bradfields will look very different depending on which community your child is in.  However, regardless of community we always strive to raise aspirations and challenge stereotypical thinking when we plan and deliver career activities.  Decision on future pathways are discussed and recorded at your personal centred annual review and a full list of activities that your child has taken part is available on request.

You could also support your child to set up their own Start profile by accessing the link in the section above.

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers and transition.  We have a dedicated STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Maths) week each year along with other relevant industry links. In addition, many students in 6th Form will study towards an Employability qualification as part of their Work Experience programme.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

Over recent years Bradfields Academy has worked hard to forge links with local businesses and industries.  This enables us to have a wide and varied number of employers who come into the academy to talk to students about their work and career.  We would also like to encourage local businesses to get involved in supporting students with CV writing and interview.  If you can spare some time and would like to get involved then please contact Elizabeth Halton on 01634 683990 or email at office@fortistrust.co.uk

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Work Experience is part of the curriculum in 6th form with most students having an external work placement for the year.  During this time they will study for an employability qualification.  For those students that it is not appropriate to have an external placement, we have a number of enterprise activities onsite to give a similar experience.  Where appropriate students in year 11 will experience a workplace setting.  If you feel that you could support one of our young people in your place of work then please contact Carol Carrier who is our Subject Lead for Work-related learning.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education providers

All students from year 8 upwards are entitled to two encounters with education providers each year.  Details of these events will be published in advance so that you can support your child in these important decisions.

Our students successfully transition to a range of different destinations post-Bradfields. Some of our more popular destinations are detailed below:

  • Forward2Employment Supported Internship
  • Directly in to paid employment
  • Traineeship or apprenticeships with another external training provider
  • MidKent College Maidstone or Medway Campus
  • North Kent College Gravesend or Dartford Campus
  • West Kent College Tonbridge Campus
  • Canterbury College
  • Hadlow College
  • Supajam – A specialist music college in Swanley

Supported Internships

Supported Internships via Forward2Employment, Fortis Trust’s own Specialist Post 16 institution, are designed for young people with learning disabilities and/or Autism who want to get a job.

A supported internship is a full-time educational programme that will:

  • Help you get a job
  • Help you get work-based qualifications
  • Help with maths and English, so you can use them in real life

80% of the learning will be on the job with one of our partner businesses fully supported by an individual job coach to do a real job role. The rest of the time is used to improve maths, English, employability skills and improving a student’s independence skills. Supported internships are all about working towards gaining paid employment.

If you are aged 16 to 24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you are eligible to apply for a supported internship place with Forward2Employment. The course is free and does not affect any benefit entitlements. Additional funding may also be available such as a student bursary. Other supported internship schemes are available for students aged 16 – 24 who have an EHCP.

Should you be interested in applying for a supported internship place with Forward2Employment please visit their website: https://www.forward2employment.co.uk/ or contact Elizabeth Halton at office@fortistrust.co.uk

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

For those students that are able to access, they have the opportunity to meet with a qualified Career Advisor each year from year 11–14.  They will have the opportunity to speak about what they would like to do after leaving Bradfields and will be given advice on the best next steps.  This is an independent service that Bradfields provide.

Important dates for careers

‘What Next?’ transition eventIn school event to meet Education and training providers in local areaYears 8 – 14 
Certificate Presentation EveningCelebration event to marks the success of our studentsYear 11 – 1416.11.2023
Academic Review DayVirtual event to meet teaching staffAll studentsTBC
Academic Review Day 2Virtual event to meet teaching staffAll studentsTBC
Options EveningIn school event to talk to teaching staff and chose optionsYear 9, 11 and 13TBC
Exam period startsStart of public examinationsYear 11 upwardsMay 2024
STEAM weekIn school activities designed to raise the awareness of STEAM subjectsYears 7 – 148 – 17.03.2024
Apprenticeship WeekIn school activities designed to raise the awareness of ApprenticeshipsYear 11 – 145 – 11.02.2024
GCSE results dayGCSE results are published.  Students to collect in person11 – 1425.08.2024 Provisional date
A level results dayA Level results are published.  Students to collect in person6th Form

18.08.2024

Provisional date