An in-house Careers department allows us to tailor our guidance to the specific needs of our students. The Careers team is based in M114.
The Halifax Academy Careers Advisor is Miss Hawkins who is available every day. Our C&K Careers Advisor (providing careers information, advice and guidance for young people and adults in Calderdale and Kirklees) is Hillary Fletcher who is available on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the day, including break and lunch time and after school till 4pm on Tuesdays. Mrs Jabbal, Curriculum Support Coordinator, is available daily to offer help and advice to students.
Email contact details:
Miss Hawkins – Nhawkins@thehalifaxacademy.org
Mrs Jabbal – Sjabbal@thehalifaxacademy.org
Hilary Fletcher – Hilary.Fletcher@ckcareers.org.uk
The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools Project (ASK)
The Halifax Academy is participating in the ASK project. Funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education, the ASK project is designed to give schools and other educational establishments across England free support to develop their apprenticeship and traineeship guidance. The academy's certificate of engagement can be viewed here: ASK Project Certificate of Engagement
Making the right choices
The motto of the Careers Department at The Halifax Academy is ‘Making the right choices for your future'. As a team we will try to help a student in every way we can but the choices are theirs to make, just as the future is theirs. We see it as our responsibility to support the whole school ethos and to provide the facilities to assist our students to make the right choices.
The Careers Department works very closely with the PSHCE department, delivering career-related activities through lessons and talks organised during allocated PSHCE lessons, from Year 7 to Year 11. Year 7 students are introduced to the Careers library in small groups and are invited to use any of the facilities available during lunch-times, breaks, before and after school; they are encouraged to continue this throughout their school lives.
During Year 8 students will start to have one to one interviews with Hillary and will be supported during tutor time to make sure they are fully aware of what options to choose at the end of Year 8.
Year 9 students will develop and extend their knowledge of different careers and start to plan their own career pathways.
During Year 10 all students are invited to attend presentations and workshops in school, delivered by professionals representing a variety of career areas. Students are encouraged to make use of all the advice and facilities available to them in the Careers Room.
Year 11 students are encouraged to attend talks from external speakers and to make greater use of the careers facilities as they begin to make choices for sixth form study. The careers notice boards advertise numerous ‘taster days’ and apprenticeship vacancies. Year 11 students are encouraged to attend open evenings and it is compulsory that students attend the ‘Get Organised’ even at the Shay Stadium.
Support is also available at GCSE options evening and at every year group's parents' evenings. As an Academy we welcome all parents to attend and have a proactive involvement in the career development of their child.
Below are links to some of the websites that we encourage students to use when making careers decisions:
Directgov young people – www.direct.gov.uk
C&K Careers -information, advice and guidance for young people and adults in Calderdale and Kirklees – www.ckcareersonline.org.uk
UCAS Progress – 14-19 online learning directory – www.ucasprogress.com
The National Apprenticeship Service – www.apprenticeships.org.uk
National Careers Service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk