For Parents/Carers:

Ark Charter Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers, Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers and employers to speak to students. Ark Charter Academy proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers, Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. We ensure our staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up-to-date on their knowledge of post-16 and post-18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students and parents may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events, school visits and trips. Ark Charter Academy’s Careers, Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams.



For Employers:


If you are an employer, big or small, local or national, and you are interested in helping to shape the future workforce, we want to hear from you. Get in touch with Ollie Riches, Careers Lead at Ark Charter Academy on or on 023 9282 4204 to discuss how we can work together. Please refer to our Provider Access Statement found under Policies or as a link at the bottom of this page.


For Teachers:


If you are a Teacher at Ark Charter or any other secondary school and would like to find out more about our Careers, Pathways and Enrichment programme, get in touch with Ollie Riches, Careers Lead at Ark Charter on or on 023 9282 4204. Careers Office can provide ideas for embedding careers in your subject as well as source lesson plans, posters, assemblies and tutor time presentations, guest speakers and workshops.


For Students:


Regardless of whether you just joined Ark Charter in Year 7 or about to sit your final exams, it’s always a good idea to be informed about what comes after you leave school.


Our Careers Office is here to help. We invite you on a discovery journey of what your post-16 destination might look like. Throughout your time at Ark Charter you will engage in a series of careers education events designed to help you find your way around post-16 options, practice employability skills and raise aspirations.

Look out for assembly speakers, careers fairs, college tasters, enterprise days and careers interviews. Click on the Careers Programme link at the bottom of the page to find out more details and don’t forget to check out the Helpful Links and online resources below – start by taking the Buzz Quiz on iCould and find out which jobs you could be particularly enjoying.

If you have any questions, no matter how big or small, please feel free to pop in to Careers Office in L1-10.


Helpful Links and online resources

Make the Future Yours Magazine

National Careers Service

How to write a CV

How to write a Cover Letter 

The Ultimate Guide to completing an Application Form

Icould: Inspiring and fun careers videos:personality quiz

CareerpilotOne-stop shop for all things careers

UCAS Progress: Arguably one of the most important post-16 options websites, containing detailed information on sixth form, apprenticeships, colleges and universities.

Start Profile: A personalised platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential

Future Learn: Study skills courses

Find an Apprenticeship


SUN Future Steps chat platform



Our Careers Office offers the following:

  • Online resources about a wide range of opportunities
  • A focus on choices after Year 11 – one-to-one interviews for Year 11 and, if required earlier, to discuss further and higher education, colleges, apprenticeships and employment.
  • Help with application process and CV’s
  • Support for individual students, (and their parents), to discuss training and career options and requirements.
  • Workshops, assemblies and career events, with support from external organisations.
  • Mock interviews, business networking days, work experience.


To see the detailed Careers programme, please click on the link below:

Careers Programme 2021-22



Other Information:

Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships.

The Parents' Guide to Getting ahead 

The Parent's Guide to Post-16.

50 Ways to Improve Wellbeing

The Parents' Guide to Studying for GCSEs

Local College Open Evenings 2021 - 2022

T-Levels information