Careers and pathways
Ark St Alban's Academy Careers Leader
KS5 - Laurence Cole
Phone: 0121 446 1300
Careers Education and Guidance
Careers Education and Guidance (CEIAG) plays an important part in the lives of students at Ark St Alban’s Academy. Our programme is designed to meet the needs of all students and is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Weekly, whole school Future Readiness sessions underpin the programme as Form Tutors work with students delivering information & guidance relevant to particular age groups. In addition, all students see a qualified careers advisor at least two times throughout key stages 4 and 5.
Every student engages with universities and employers to raise aspirations and widen understanding of available degree courses and the careers available through them. Many students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular careers activities and a comprehensive mentoring programme.
A broad range of opportunities and employer led project work is available to sixth formers including access to lucrative university bursaries. Furthermore students are encouraged to serve the school community through a series of academy initiatives.
A dedicated team works across the academy to ensure the quality of our careers work, developing corporate and university partnerships to enhance provision.
Supporting Student Success
Millennium Point works with Birmingham City University's Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment to offer a free undergraduate STEM degree.
The 2017 prize was awarded to Sagal Qodah, who has studied at Ark St Alban’s for 7 years. Sagal is now in her first year studying Civil Engineering and said ‘I can’t believe I won the scholarship. Having my tuition fees paid for is going to do a lot for me, and it a weight off my mind. In the final, I spoke about how Civil Engineering can support the planet. I'm so excited to be able to pursue my passion at BCU and I hope I can go on to put the skills I learn to help clean the planet!’
Sagal is the second Ark St Alban’s student to win the prize, Malik Sheryar, who is now in his third year studying Mechanical Engineering at BCU, won the prize in 2015.
You can read more about the fantastic achievements of our students on our home page and about all of our enrichment opporunities here.
How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils:
At ASTA we continually measure and assess the impact of the careers programme through careful monitoring of the quality of all elements of our careers programme including using student voice and questionnaires to analyse the quality of the activities we engage with. We work with local universities and local employers to ensure our students have a wide and varied programme in order to work towards the Gatsby benchmarks.
Summary of the careers programme for Sixth Form:
Students in the Sixth Form benefit from an excellent careers and enrichment programme which includes taster sessions from University Lecturers, visiting speakers, university visits, employer careers advice and CV writing workshops, work experience placements as well as dedicated one to one interviews with our independent careers advisor. Our students benefit from many other enrichment activities such as Debate Club, Model United Nations, Sporting activities, and charity fundraising.
Next Review Date: July 2020