The Careers Team

Mrs Josie Bentley
Careers Advisor
[email protected]
0113 2523 225

Miss Harriet Brand
Assistant Principal
[email protected]

We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the school in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

As a school, we are committed to carrying out the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents from December 2017 and the accompanying statutory guidance for schools from January 2018. To do this, we make sure that as a school we make our students aware of all progression opportunities available to them in the future, including Further Education College, Sixth Form, University, Apprenticeships, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Voluntary Work. In addition, we also employ a dedicated Careers Advisor who is responsible for overseeing the school careers programme, which meets the eight Gatsby benchmarks for effective careers guidance and is published on our website for the scrutiny of students, parents/carers, employers, governors and other interested parties.

Bruntcliffe Academy recognises the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance for young people and we expect all our students to have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

The Academy is committed to providing comprehensive and good quality information, advice and guidance to all students to enable them to make effective decisions for the future about a wide range of career pathways. The Careers programme aims to inspire students, raise aspirations, broaden horizons and challenge stereotyping.  Careers is also embedded across all areas of the curriculum.

We provide access to a wide range of activities that inspire young people, including motivational speakers, employer talks, mock interviews, workplace visits, college and university visits.  The Academy has excellent relationships with a number of local and national employers and is committed to providing comprehensive and good quality information, advice and guidance to all students to enable them to make effective decisions for the future.

We welcome contact from employers, colleges, universities, training or apprenticeship providers. Our Provider Access Policy sets out our academy’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.

  • Dedicated 1 to 1 careers information, advice and guidance appointments for all students in Year 11, to help them explore the different options available to them at post-16 and to get them thinking about potential career pathways after they have finished school.
  • 30 minute Careers education sessions every week for students in all year groups, focusing on topics such as Self-Awareness, Stereotypes, Labour Market Information, ‘Jobs of the Future’, Employability skills & Qualities, writing a CV/Job Application, Preparing for Interviews, Progression Pathways and much more.
  • Sessions for all students in Year 8 to help them explore the careers implications of their GCSE options choices.
  • Access to a Careers Fair for KS4 students, with the opportunity for them to meet and ask questions to a wide range of different employers, colleges, universities, training and apprenticeship providers.
  • Targeted 1 to 1 sessions with students in Year 10 and 11 to focus on career-related school issues, such as behaviour, attendance and motivation.
  • Joined-up careers support between the Careers and Inclusion/SEND teams to ensure that all vulnerable students have a better understanding of their aspirations and options for the future.
  • Small and large group trips to and from local employers, apprenticeship/training providers, colleges, and universities to give students the chance to find out more about different education and employment pathways available to them around the city.
  • Higher Education progression sessions for selected students funded by the University of York.  The Shine Programme aims to inspire, motivate and encourage pupils to achieve academic success and raise their aspirations towards higher education.  The Shine Programme is open to students in Year7 to 11,includes visits to the University of York and Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a 3 day, 2 nights residential funded by the university.
  • Careers assemblies for all year groups on a variety of topics, including guest speakers from Johnson & Johnson, Asda, Burberry, Wates Construction, Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, Elliott Hudson College, Leeds City College, Wakefield College, Kirklees College, Leeds Trinity University, University of York.
  • Support from the Careers team at Open Evenings and Parents Evenings, so that parents could ask questions about their child’s future options.
  • Enterprise competitions to help students develop valuable soft skills that employers need, such as Teamwork, Communication, Project Management, Commercial Awareness and Creativity.

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.


Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

  • Bespoke programme of carers education as part of form time and drop-down days, including hearing from external speakers so that students have an awareness of the full variety of job roles and progression pathways available to them in the future, including work, volunteering, university, sixth form, college and apprenticeships.
  • Bespoke careers assemblies at key points in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
  • National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week, including a full programme of activities targeted specifically at each year group.
  • Access to a careers fair for all KS4 students, with opportunity to speak with a wide range of different employers, universities, sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeship and training providers from the local area and further afield.Opportunity to speak with a qualified careers advisor with parents/carers at GCSE options evening and parents’ evening.
  • Drop-in sessions before school and after school with a qualified careers advisor.
  • Access (both in school and at home) to the Start careers software platform, which allows students to explore where their skills and interests can take them in the future.

Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – Mrs Bentley, the school Careers Adviser, will be available at various parent’s evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and she is also contactable anytime on the following details:

Email: [email protected]  Tel: 0113 2523225

If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for your child at Bruntcliffe Academy, then please get in touch with Mrs Bentley or check out the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website!

As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (

The policy statement from the school (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this.

As a starting point, please contact our Careers Advisor, Josie Bentley, on the following details if you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future:

The data below shows the destinations of where Year 11 students went to after completing their education at Bruntcliffe Academy 2019.

Provider 112 Students
FE Colleges 72
6th Form Colleges 29
Apprenticeships 8
Training Providers 2