The future starts at Smith's Wood Academy
Careers at Smith’s Wood Academy
Smith’s Wood Academy has its own experienced Careers Advisor, Mrs O’Donnell is qualified to Level 7 in Managing and Leading in CEIAG and is a member of the Careers Development Institution.
Mrs Kaye Downing is the Senior Leader who holds a strategic leadership role for CEIAG.
A designated lead associate for Careers Alan Moore has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance and supporting employer engagement.
The Academy is supported on a strategic level by an Enterprise Advisor from Balfour Beatty VINCI who is responsible for designing and building part of the most exciting and challenging railway project in Europe: HS2.
At all stages of their school career students will have an opportunity to work with Mrs O’Donnell both in classroom activities and individual one to one interviews. Our aim is to offer all pupils a full package of support in order to help them make the right choices for a successful future. Smith’s Wood Academy holds a “Quality Award” for its outstanding contribution to Careers work within the Academy across all Year groups. ‘Career Mark’ is the mark of quality for Careers Education and Guidance.
If you wish to support Smith’s Wood Academy with any activities or events please contact Mrs Amanda O’Donnell.
Our Careers Programme
Careers Advisor Amanda O’Donnell
Email: [email protected] Call: 0121 788 4100 Extn: 4736
Our Careers Policy
Measuring Our Impact
We measure the impact of our careers, guidance and support through the use of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and the Compass Audit and Tracker. Our careers information is due for review in July 2019. Read students destination information: Destinations 2015-2019
May 2019 OFSTED report findings
The school provides a thorough and well-planned careers education programme in all years. Leaders compare their provision with national benchmarks of good practice and put in place clear plans to address any relative weaknesses. For example, leaders recognise that engaging with parents is a particular challenge at the moment. The programme has a clear aim of raising aspirations, including increasing the proportion of pupils who go to university when they are 18. Almost all pupils move to further education or training when they leave school at the end of Year 11.
Careers Internet sites The following websites are of use to pupils who would like to research careers information at home:
Useful Higher Education Websites for University
Use the UCAS website to search for higher education courses at all universities and colleges nationwide. Lots of information here on how to apply
The U-Explore online allows users to learn about the world of work, the various career options available.
UKCourseFinder helps you locate your ideal university degree course. Quickly complete the study interests questionnaire, designed by Morrisby, to pin-point your interests in 150+ degree disciplines. There is also information on how to make your choice, where different subjects may lead, and help and advice on completing your UCAS form.
In association with UCAS, Centigrade matches your strongest interests & abilities with the most likely courses available. This is a chargeable service (£15).
Unistats is the official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which university or college to apply to.
Graduate website with excellent careers information including graduate destination information ‘what do graduates do?’
Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, and open days.
Information on all aspects of choosing and applying to higher education. Also includes information on graduate jobs and salaries.
Lists all the university open days to help with arranging campus visits.
The Guardian’s university league tables.
The Times’ university league tables.
Information on loans, grants and bursaries and how to apply.
Careers information for staff.