Careers

At Perryfields Academy, we are passionate about supporting students through the process of deciding the direction they take after finishing school. We are committed to providing a robust careers programme across both key stage 3 & 4 that prepares our young people for a successful transition into adulthood.

With the help of Connexions, we provide impartial guidance and advice on further education, training or employment.

Across both KS3 and KS4 students have the opportunity to learn about different career paths with the help of many outside agencies such as employers and education providers.

Our Careers Leader is Mrs S Dullea. If you have any queries or questions about careers, higher education or getting involved please contact us on 0121 421 7979

Please view our Careers Policy here

Provider Access Policy

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to Students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All Students in years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 

Updated PAL January 2023

In January 2023, the updated Provider Access Legislation (PAL) comes into force. The updated legislation states that schools must provide at least six encounters with approved providers of apprenticeships and technical education for all students by the end of year 13.

At Perryfields Academy we are committed in our obligation to meet the PAL and will ensure that our students have:

  • Two encounters during the ‘first key phase” (year 8/9) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend
  • A further two encounters during the ‘second key phase’ (year 10/11) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend.

Management of provider access requests

Procedure:

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs S Dullea: Careers Leader
Telephone: 01214217979

Opportunities for access

At Perryfields we need your help to raise our students’ careers aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting and diverse industries within the Black Country to inspire our young people.

By contributing time to help support Perryfield’s Careers programme, you are helping to inspire young minds. Through contributing your time, and expertise you are providing our students with opportunities which will contribute to an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Ways you can support:

  • Be part of mock interviews with our Year 11 students and help them structure their CVS’s
  • Get involved in extracurricular clubs
  • Give a talk about your industry or job role
  • Get involves in Focus Friday and tell our students what your industry could offer them
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
  • Give an assembly talk about pathways after school eg apprenticeships
  • Help challenge barriers in the workplace through talks about gender stereotyping or disability etc
  • Link with subjects that are related to your area of industry
  • Offer work placements for our students

What to expect from us

By getting involved with our careers programme at Perryfields you will not only be supporting future workforce development, you will also be forging community links and building a positive profile for your company.

We will support you throughout you visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time. Our Careers Leader is Mrs S Dullea (01214217979) and they will:

  • Be your main point of contact for all enquires
  • Organise pre-meets, discussions, and any information you require
  • Provide you with details of local arrangements such as parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy
  • Conduct a short evaluation with you
  • With your permission, add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities.

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to Students and/or their parents. Please speak to Mrs S Dullea to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

 

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7/8 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Careers Talks
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 9 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Careers Talks
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 10 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Mock interviews/CV workshops
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 11 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Focus Fridays

Careers Programme 2023/24

Student information

At Perryfields we understand that thinking about the future can overwhelming. However, our dedicated staff are here to support you, whatever path you decide to take. You may find some of the below resources a useful place to start when deciding which pathway to take.

Find out about courses and pathways

Build your skills and strengths

Helpful guides

 

Parent/Carer information

When it comes to careers, parents, carers and guardians are the biggest influence in a young person’s life. Below are some resources created to support parents, carers and guardians to have informed and constructive conversations with your child about their future and the different pathways available to them.

Teacher information

Perryfields is committed to providing a robust careers programme across both key stages preparing young people for a successful transition into adulthood. We consign to statutory duty allowing students to have access to quality information, advice and guidance and ensuring all our students transition on to further education, employment or training. The advice given promotes the best interests of the students and supports inspiration and independence.

Perryfields aims to meet all eight Benchmarks identified by the Gatsby Foundation

At Perryfields, we encourage our staff to do the following:

  • Embed career learning opportunities into their schemes of work
  • Take part in career related events, such as; National Careers Week
  • Have displays that link subject learning and skills to different careers
  • Develop links with businesses and organistations
  • Invite Alumni and external speakers to come into school
  • Plan trips and offsite activites to link careers to their subject
  • Organise activities and projects that make use of local businesses
  • Challenge stereotyping in the workplace including gender and disability

Subject teachers will be supported to develop and integrate careers into their classrooms through CPD sessions.

Useful links for teaching staff:

Compass+ report

We use Compass+ to monitor and plan our careers program and to track student attendance at our careers events. Students, Parents and Carers can request a copy of their record by emailing our careers leader: s.dullea@plantsbrookschool.co.uk

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Perryfields Alumni

We are keen to build up a network of past alumni to talk to our current students about their experiences both at Perryfields and in the world of work.

If you would like to join our Alumni, please fill out this form.

Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to Students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

 

Pupil entitlement

All Students in years 7-11 are entitled:
  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 

Management of provider access requests

Procedure:

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs S.Dullea: Careers Leader
Telephone: 01214217979
Email: careers@perrys.org.uk

 

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to Students and/or their parents. Please speak to Mrs S.Dullea to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

 

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7/8 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Careers Talks
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 9 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Careers Talks
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 10 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Mock interviews/CV workshops
Apprenticeships Assembly
Year 11 College Assemblies Careers Fair National Careers week – pathways talks – Employers/Businesses Focus Fridays