Here at Tudor Grange Academy we provide our students with a full Careers Information and Advice programme on Careers Education to ensure they are prepared for the future and have received the skills, information and opportunities to help them make informative choices for future study or work. Our students will be independent and flexible and able to adapt to the challenging world ahead of them whether that be Higher Education or employment. At Tudor Grange Academy every year group from 7 upwards has the opportunity to engage with business through industry days, work experience, careers fairs, cadet programs and classroom workshops. Tudor Grange Academy favours strongly alumni students who are invited back to discuss their routes.
Our careers program focuses on a particular area for every year group from Year 7 to Year 13.
- Year 7 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 2, 4, 5, 6)
- Year 8 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
- Year 9 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
- Year 10 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
- Year 11 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
- Year 12 – CIAG Programme (Hitting Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
- Year 13 – CIAG Program (Hitting Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
These CIAG programmes relate to the 8 ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ which is part of the new careers strategy from the Department for Education. The strategy is a whole school approach to delivering careers guidance to all of our students throughout their time at Tudor Grange Academy.
- A stable careers programme with a careers leader
- Learning from careers and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning with careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of work places
- Encounters with HE and further education
- Personal guidance
These benchmarks are met by delivering a range of activities from 1:1 guidance, external speakers, visiting higher and further education establishments and business sectors, work placements, careers fairs and through the curriculum.
Tudor Grange Academy is a member of the Worcester Careers Hub, which is in partnership with the Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire LEP.
Baker Clause Policy Statement
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 educations or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Tudor Grange Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our careers programme. As part of our commitment to informing students of the full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to receive requests from training, apprenticeships, employers and vocational educational providers to speak to our students.
We are particularly interested in hearing from providers in:
- Digital Skills Sector
- STEAM employers (science, technology, engineering, art and maths)
- Manufacturing, gaming, ICT and construction
- Health professions and social care.
A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to our students, please refer to the school calendar for these events.
A provider wishing to request access should contact Karen McStay, CIAG Co-Ordinator:
Telephone 01905 454627
Tudor Grange Academy welcomes feedback from parents, staff, pupils and employers on their whole careers strategy, if you would like to get in touch please contact Karen McStay on the above contact details.
DOWNLOAD: Careers Plan 2021 – 22
DOWNLOAD: School Careers Strategy and Action Plan
DOWNLOAD: Labour Market Information for Worcester
Mr Roach – SLT/ Careers Lead
Mrs McStay – Associate Sixth Form Coordinator / Careers Advisor
Qualified Level 6 Diploma in Careers and Guidance email@example.com.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and gained an MBA from Aston University. I have worked for several multinational corporations with headquarters in the UK, USA and Europe working in both operational and Head Office roles across various functions.
I have travelled widely on business giving me considerable international experience and allowing me to communicate effectively across all levels of the organisation and across cultural and geographical borders.
I have been a Board Member for Ideal for All (an Independent Living charity based in West Bromwich) since 2018 and joined the Board of Community First (working with rural communities in Hereford and Worcester) in 2020.
I also work with the Cranfield Trust and UnLtd on various pro-bono projects providing ad-hoc business advice and guidance to not for profit and voluntary sector organisations.
I have been participating as a Mentor on a number of student and young professional programs for the last 12 years including Aston Business School Professional Mentoring scheme, BSEEN Business start-up program, Aston University MBA scheme as well as on the Birmingham Professional Society Future Mentoring Program and as a Placement visitor and mentor for the Engineering Development Trust.
I am keen to ensure students at whatever age have access to as wide a choice of opportunities as possible and to show them the range of possibilities that are available including careers they may not have considered.
Miss R Widdowson – Chair of Governors
Is a Solicitor and Managing Partner of a law firm in Worcester. She brings with her a wealth of experience in managing professionals. She is keen to see greater engagement between schools and businesses to give students the best opportunity of employment when they leave education.
I am a Marketing and Sales Manager for a print and mail company in Droitwich. I have been in media, marketing and communications for nearly 20 years and have experience of networking and engaging with businesses and individuals from various sectors and walks of life. I have been married for 23 years and have two older children who have been through secondary and sixth form education so have experience of what it is to be a parent of stressed and anxious teenagers sitting important exams. I am keen to see access to extracurricular activities for all students regardless of their abilities or financial capability as I believe that every child needs the chance to discover their potential. Another area of great interest and concern for me is the positive mental health of students in today’s digital, ‘always on’ society and I am keen to help make sure that no child suffers unnecessarily.
During their time at TGAW, every effort is made to ensure that each child has access to a range of opportunities to learn about the different paths they might choose to take once they move on. Not everyone is suitable for University life, so the involvement of local businesses and champions is of paramount importance to the Academy. I have become involved so that I can provide support to the students in activities such as mock interviews and to encourage and engage with some of the business contacts I have made in the hope that they will become part of the Academy’s support network too. Always happy to lend an encouraging ear to a student unsure of what route to take, I am available to facilitate in any way needed in the careers programme.
The role of the career champion is to be the main link between the careers team and their department. They will promote career opportunities relating to their subject area and link curriculum learning to careers. The career champions bring careers in the curriculum to life and show authentic links between lessons and the world of work.
Meet the team
D & T
If you have found some careers you are interested in click through to The National Careers Service to find out the skills and qualifications needed to get into that job, what the work would be like, the pay you could expect and what the career prospects are. nationalcareers.service.gov.uk
The Skills Health Check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations. nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment