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Careers Guidance

Careers education at the Academy is embedded within the curriculum, right from start of Year 7, students are encouraged to consider their future aspirations. Careers guidance is available at most of our Parents Evenings and most of the local colleges visit at key times. We have many visitors that come to the Academy to talk about work related learning, apprenticeships and other related topics. We also encourage students to look beyond the walls of the Academy and explore work related opportunities.

At Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, we pride ourselves on providing a full range of careers education in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Careers Programme

Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill students are encouraged to explore their future aspirations via a comprehensive careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) programme throughout the curriculum from Year 7 upward.

Year group Careers Activity

Introducing University (Southampton University) and a range of future options.


Understanding University, learning preferences, pathways to success & mentoring.


Expanding career & University ideas; Mentoring programme; Guided Choices around GCSE Options; Career Pilot (online careers guidance system).


Futures Week includes College taster day; confidence building; meeting employers; trip to London to a Careers Fair (Rock Assembly); University and Enterprise activities. Prefect applications and interviews; Raising Aspirations; Promotion of College and Apprenticeship opportunities. Selected students are also invited to attend a ‘Women in Business’ workshop. 

11 Prefect leadership & team-working; Developing communication & transferrable skills; Careers Interviews; Promotion of Colleges via assemblies, Apprenticeship & NCS opportunities and support with & monitoring  of the application process

We work in close partnership with Southampton City & Hampshire wide colleges and ALPHI Apprenticeship Service, Southampton & Solent Universities, IntoUniversity, Future Frontiers, KPMG, Business in the Community, UNLOC Enterprise, NCS (National Citizenship Service), Local Enterprise Partnership, Local and National Employers, Transformation Trust, Humanutopia, Southampton City Council – Youth Participation Development and Youth Parliament.

We have also participated in the new SUN (Southern Universities Network) project which seeks to raise levels of engagement beyond KS4 into further and higher education. SUN have conducted research identifying areas across the city with the least amount of engagement beyond KS4 and have provided money to schools whose students are within specific postcodes for the sole use of being used towards careers and aspiration. SUN ask in return for students to give consent to an anonymised questionnaire, which will track the students’ progress until the age of 25 to ascertain whether the funding provided has had impact on careers and future destinations. The project has been renewed for the new academic year 2019/20.

SUN Parent and Learner Guides 

The Provider Access Policy can be downloaded here.
The Oasis Community Learning Careers Guidance Policy can be downloaded here.
To find out more about destination data, please click here. 

Useful LInks

http://access-southampton.co.uk/ - Access Southampton provides essential information to help young people make important decisions about their future.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – Main website for the National Careers Service, there are links to job profiles, CV writing and other careers information.

http://www.youthnetsouthampton.org.uk/cv_creator/index.php – This is a local website with a really good CV creator and job information including a fortnightly jobs bulletin for young people.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – The main National Apprenticeship website - students can register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in their chosen occupation

www.careersbox.co.uk – Parents’ Club, free work related film content covering hundreds of different employment and training opportunities

www.ucas.com – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service:  Information for those who would like to go to university, everything you need to know including how and when to apply.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information for those who would prefer an apprenticeship, distance learning or employment with training, rather than university when they leave college.

Date of next review of information published
September 2020

The Academy has its own dedicated Careers Advisor - Jan Rance.

Mrs Jan Rance
Tel: 023 80 393660
Email: jan.rance@oasislordshill.org 

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