Careers Education

Students at Shenley Academy have the opportunity to be a part of a range of CEIAG related experiences. These experiences better prepare our students for ‘Life after Shenley’.

Last academic year, there were more visits, opportunities and interventions than ever before including; NEC Skills Show, Year 10 work experience, MyTutor (maths and English), university visits, careers fair, Kudos launch, Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, Professional Services Week business walks, Bear Grylls Adventure Centre, Berlin residential, Aberdovey residential, one to one mock interviews, Forward Thinking Programme, Speakers Trust Speak Out event, Work Ready event, Big Bang show, coaching and mentoring sessions, motivational speakers, Cultural Capital trip to London, STEM university visits, computing and engineering workshops and many more. We continue to plan for similar and additional opportunities for the upcoming academic year and these will be reflected in our policy once confirmed.

In order to facilitate such an enriched CEIAG programme that meets the criteria of the Gatbsy Benchmarks, we have the support of a number of committed partnerships within the city:



Business in the Community – KPMG

Business in the Community is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which HRH The Prince of Wales is the Royal Founding Patron. BiTC exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. As part of our Education Campaign, BiTC have been working with Shenley Academy for a number of years to engage local businesses to

  • Invest in education, particularly focusing upon geographical areas and specific groups facing social disadvantage
  • Inspire children’s learning about the potential future opportunities and career pathways available to them
  • Engage with children through meaningful employer engagement opportunities which develop the skills, resilience and diverse experiences required for the future workplace and society
  • To work in partnership with education to share expertise for the benefit of schools, wider education institutions and business which result in enhanced education and future employment outcomes for children
  • Invest across their value chain, to grow quality initiatives together to impact upon greater numbers of children and generate a talent pipeline for the benefit of their sector

This has been particularly evidenced by the very successful relationship with KPMG over the last 8 years, as part of the Business Class programme, which creates effective and mutually beneficial school-business partnerships. KPMG have provided students at Shenley Academy with a variety of opportunities and experiences including one to one mock interview practice, character building days at the Bear Grylls Centre, mentoring for the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, and visits to their head office in Birmingham.

For further information about opportunities to support education please contact Dave Hughes, Engagement Manager –


AimHigher Plus – Charlotte Playll (AimHigher Plus Progression Ambassador)

Aimhigher Plus is the West Midlands branch of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The programme is designed to support the government’s objective of doubling the proportion of disadvantaged young people entering higher education and apprenticeships by 2020.

Shenley Academy became an AimHigher Plus school at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Now in its third year of the collaboration, the Academy continues to work directly with the University of Birmingham and our AimHigher Plus Ambassador is on-site with us two days per week supporting with the co-ordination of the programme and working directly with our NCOP students. AimHigher Plus has enabled Shenley Academy to further develop links with four other Higher Education providers within a four mile radius of Shenley Academy as well as a host of other organisations and individuals. The AimHigher Plus funding allows Shenley Academy to do deliver meaningful experiences that aim to raise aspirations, develop self-confidence and provide impartial information to enable our learners to make decisions about their future. In addition,  students can access a calendar of AimHigher Plus events running throughout the year and in addition, to ‘pitch’ ideas to UOB for events identified and/or organised by the school. Although based on postcode, the interventions are also open to a % of non-NCOP learners in years 9-13 and many events have run across entire year group cohorts.

Careers and Enterprise Company

The national network connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers and supports them to work together to provide young people with effective and high-quality encounters with the world of work. The network is made up of Enterprise Coordinators who we co-fund with Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities. Enterprise Coordinators are trained professionals who work with clusters of schools and colleges to build careers plans and make connections to local and national employers.


Aspire to Aston Programme

Aspire to Aston is a sustained engagement programme that works with students in year 7 to 11 to help raise aspirations and normalise the idea of going to Higher Education. It helps to encourage students to start thinking about their future education and career goals and to help students recognise and develop transferrable skills such as teamwork and leadership. These combined outcomes will also assist in raising GCSE attainment.


Forward Thinking Birmingham – University of Birmingham

Forward Thinking is a progressive programme of higher education awareness activity designed to encourage and support future application to higher education. It has been designed to support appropriate subject choices in year 9 and 11 and aid attainment raising whilst also informing students about higher education pathways, courses, student life and employment opportunities.  The objective of the programme is to motivate students to maximise their potential and attainment in secondary education. It helps to develop students’ knowledge and understanding about higher education and of the variety of courses and higher education opportunities available post 18.


Gurjit Matto – Independent Careers Advisor

The Careers Education Programme at Shenley Academy is complemented by one-to-one careers advice and guidance from Gurjit Matto, Independent Careers Adviser. Pupils in Years 8 – 13 have access to impartial one-to-one advice from Gurjit every Friday. This can be facilitated through appointments or lunch time drop in for quick careers queries. Gurjit’s experience in this field means that students have the opportunity to explore a range of possible future pathways, including both college, apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships. If requested, Gurjit will also engage with parents and carers to best support the child in their next steps.

Further to independent careers advice appointments, Gurjit also supports the Academy in a wider capacity with events such as Kudos (year 8), supporting at year 8 options evenings, parents evenings, and providing opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeship teams to access students in year 8-11.


Impact and Review

The CEIAG team at Shenley Academy (listed below) are committed to continuing to maintain and develop a high quality of CEIAG provision. This is monitored via regular impact reports that includes student feedback. The most recent Ofsted report stated that “careers education and guidance is a strength. Pupils benefit from a range of opportunities to inform them of their possible career choices. This prepares them well for their future choices”.

Liz Stevenson:      Leader of Careers Education


Steve Beeston:     AimHigher Plus Coordinator


Ian Horgan:           Senior Assistant Headteacher – Partnerships


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