Careers Leader

Mrs Julie Jones


01424 448740

The St Leonards Academy Alumni

We are working with Future First to develop an alumni of ex-students to work with the school in supporting current students in a variety of different ways.

If you are an ex-student of The St Leonards Academy or predecessor schools please sign up so we can keep you up to date as this project develops.


Regular career updates are published in the Academy newsletter.

Read the latest newsletter here.

Careers notice board

Situated by the main hall, the noticeboard provides essential information about upcoming events, a well as a focus on careers in different industries.

Evaluation of Provision

We regularly evaluate careers provision and are developing ways to include parents and students more in this evaluation.

Our careers programme

The St Leonards Academy is committed to delivering careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks of good career guidance and the Career Development Institute Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education.

The eight benchmarks are:

  • a stable careers programme
  • learning from career and labour market information
  • addressing the needs of each student
  • linking curriculum learning to careers
  • encounters with employers and employees
  • experiences of workplaces
  • encounters with further and higher education
  • personal guidance.


Careers programme for each year group

Year 7

Students have a module of careers education lessons as part of their PHSE curriculum. These lessons are designed to increase self-awareness, look at skills and qualities, raise awareness of the world of work, how to manage change and ultimately state ambitions that align with their interest areas.

Year 8

Students have a module of careers education lessons as part of their PHSE curriculum. These lessons look at:

  • awareness and knowledge of careers development
  • investigation into work and working life
  • identify and value equality, diversity and inclusion and workplace stereotyping
  • identify choices and opportunities at a decision point (option choices)
  • know how to make plans and decisions carefully
  • know how to prepare and present yourself well.

Students have the opportunity to attend a Creative Cafe during National careers Week. This a carousel event where students talk to professionals from various industries, understand a little about their jobs and try their hand at an industry related task.

Year 9

Students have a module of careers education lessons as part of their PHSE curriculum. Lesson content includes:

  • examples of different business and organisational structures
  • investigating jobs and local labour market information
  • learning about safe practice and employment laws
  • developing personal and financial capability.

Year 9 students will also be given the chance to attend Compact Plus University visits and they will have creative café events organised for them with local employers. Students in Year 9 also have the opportunity to attend the STEM Big Bang event at the Ardingly showground.

Year 10

Students have a module of careers education as part of their PSHE curriculum. Lessons focus on:

  • preparing for employability
  • making the most of careers education, information and advice
  • identifying choices and opportunities
  • handling applications and selection
  • interpreting local labour market information.

Year 10 students will attend a careers fair which will be attended by local colleges and post-16 providers, Amazing apprenticeships and some local businesses that offer apprenticeships. This will help them to start thinking about their destinations after year 11.

All Year 10 students will have the opportunity to undertake a week's work experience.

All students in Year 10 attend two local post 16 college taster days in order to help with their choices in Year 11 and some students have the opportunity to attend University campus visits through the Compact Plus scheme.

Year 11

Students continue their careers programme, focusing on support networks and accessing advice and guidance, continuing to research and identify their choices and opportunities.

All students in Year 11 are given an individual careers guidance meeting with a Level 6 trained impartial careers guidance advisor. Each student is given an individual action plan to support them as a direct result of their meeting.

Local post-16 providers are invited to give assemblies during Terms 1 and 2 and leave prospectuses for the students.

Parents and students are invited to an information evening in Term 1, local colleges and post-16 providers along with qualified independent careers advisers also attend this evening to answer questions and queries.