Raising Aspirations (including careers guidance) & Enrichment

At Ark Charter, every student should leave confident, articulate and culturally aware being able to pursue careers they are passionate about, contribute to society and live happy healthy and fulfilled lives. To achieve our mission, pupils must understand the opportunities that a school and university education will afford them in terms of careers and quality of life. As such, we need to ensure that all pupils are taught the knowledge of pathways available to them at post-16. In addition to offering pupils tailored guidance, advice, support and alongside experiences of work and university that will allow them to make informed choices about their future.

Moreover, pupils are explicitly taught the character traits, habits and routines that will enable them to become successful at home and in the workplace as well as develop a refined sense of self, both as an individual and as part of a community through trips, visits, talks and enrichment.

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.

As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational providers to speak to students.


At Ark Charter, students in years 7 to 9 have enrichment built into their timetable. Every half term students take part in our core enrichment programme which offers the following activities:

  • Forest School
  • Fieldwork
  • Cooking
  • DT
  • Computing
  • STEM

All students can participate in our open enrichment programme which runs before and after school and also at lunchtimes.  

Due to the current situation caused by Covid-19, it is not possible to offer the usual range of clubs and enrichment activities. Government guidance is being continually monitored and when the situation changes, and it is safe to do so, we will resume clubs as quickly as possible. These include Cadets, Sailing, DofE, swimming, various sports clubs, choirs, rock band, drama, languages and coding. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.


Other important documents

Careers Programee 2020-21

Pathways and Enrichment Policy 2020-2022

Provider Access Policy 2020-21