Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


The transition, careers and futures program

“The best way to predict the future is to create it"

At Lord’s Hill we are committed to being part of, and directing, the full learning journey of our students. From transition in year 6 to higher education plans after our students leave us, we believe that every learner should be able to approach the next stage in their learning career well-informed, with resilience, confidence and drive.

Alongside a dedicated Careers Advisor, we also have a Futures and Transition Coordinator who maps out opportunities for all years to access the world of work whilst at school. Working in collaboration with outside agencies, higher education facilities and business leaders, ensures our students are exposed to a variety of work-place scenarios. This then enables our learners to make a knowledge rich decision on which pathway they wish to follow beyond Oasis Lord’s Hill. Students are well prepared for future success in employment, education or training.

At Lord’s Hill we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve student’s careers provision and enable a range of education and training providers to speak to students in Years 8 to 11. All pupils receive unbiased information about potential next steps and high-quality careers guidance. Our school provides good quality, meaningful opportunities for students to encounter the world of work and we broadly follow the National Oasis Careers Framework.

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 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7 Solent University Assembly

Careers Week Assembly

Into University – Workshop (30)

Year 8

University of Southampton – Visit to OA Lord's Hill

Into University – Southampton University Visit

Into University – Workshop (30)

CEIAG 1 – Identity (PD Curriculum)

Richard Taunton’s –
T-Levels Assembly
Year 9

SUN: What are my Options? (30)

CEIAG  2– Identity (PD Curriculum)

Careers Week Assembly

Into University – Workshop (30)

Options Choices Evening (local colleges including technical and apprenticeship)

NHS Myth Busters

Peta Assembly – Technical Apprenticeship

Year 10

Oxbridge Mentor Sessions

Careers Week Assembly

Into University – Workshop (30)

CEIAG 3 – Identity (PD Curriculum)

Oxbridge Mentor Sessions

Careers Guidance Interviews

Careers focussed PD lessons

CEIAG 4 – Identity (PD Curriculum)

Richard Taunton’s –
T Levels Assembly
Year 11

Colleges Assembly and technical providers

Tutor activities completing personal statements and applying to college

Careers Week Assembly

Into University – Workshop (30)

Sparsholt College Apprenticeship & T Level Assembly

ASK Assembly (apprenticeships)

Careers Guidance Interviews
Careers Guidance Interviews

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.

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. 

Date of next review of information published:
September 2024


Year 6 Transition

We are always very excited at the prospect of a new group of Year 7 students joining us in September and we very much hope that we can ensure that the transition from Year 6 into Year 7 is smooth and constructive.

The traditional transition process: 

  1. During the summer term, our Head of Year 7 and Transition Lead, will be making arrangements for visits to every primary school that have students coming to the Academy.
  2. Senior Leaders from the Academy will come in to meet the students who will have an opportunity to ask questions following a short presentation.
  3. Students will be invited to attend two ’Transition Days' in July; both days likely to start at 9.00 and finish at 2.45. Students will enjoy a range of fun activities that will help them to get used to their new environment.
  4. Some students may be particularly anxious about moving to secondary school, staff from our special educational needs and personalised learning teams will work closely with these students to ensure that they are given appropriate support. In our experience, staff from the primary schools give us helpful information about any particular needs.


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Flying Start is jam-packed with information and activities that can help young people plan their next steps in education or training. Not only that, it includes lots of resources to help students prepare for life, study, and work after school. All to ensure young people have the Flying Start they deserve!


Students & young people who are…

  • In Year 11 or coming up to school leaving age (16)
  • In college, sixth form, or an apprenticeship, and reconsidering their options
  • Not in education or training at the moment

Whether a student does or doesn’t have a plan in place for what comes next, Flying Start is here to help.


Useful Links - Access Southampton provides essential information to help young people make important decisions about their future. – Main website for the National Careers Service, there are links to job profiles, CV writing and other careers information. – This is a local website with a really good CV creator and job information including a fortnightly jobs bulletin for young people. – The main National Apprenticeship website - students can register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in their chosen occupation – Parents’ Club, free work related film content covering hundreds of different employment and training opportunities – 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. – Information for those who would prefer an apprenticeship, distance learning or employment with training, rather than university when they leave college. – Career Coach provides local labour market information specifically for Hampshire & Isle of Wight; Career Assessment (tool for generating career ideas); links curriculum subjects to careers; CV builder; It also links to a live database of jobs from Indeed.  Currently funded until July 2021, this is a free resource for schools. - Guide to help you understand what choices your children have and what action they can take to get them to the next stage of their educational journey or career path.