Careers Guidance

*GCSE Results 2020*

Students - Please check your emails and post for information on what you need to do prior to results day i.e. completing any online registrations forms. Plus what you need to do on the day. Please also check sixth form and college websites and social media as arrangements may change right up to Results Day. Also check: for up to date information.

Here is the latest information Results Day guidance from local Post-16 providers: Results Day 2020

The Next Step invite to students

 Grow your future v3

For further information on apprenticeships and work opportunities in Calderdale, click here: Grow your future

The Parents’ Guide to Getting Ahead During the Summer Holidays - 2020

The Parents’ Guide provides parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices to create successful futures after GCSE and sixth form. You can download the guide here: Parents' Guide

Careers guidance at The Halifax Academy

At The Halifax Academy we are committed to providing outstanding Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students. We are committed to enabling all of our students to become happy, resilient and successful citizens and to ensuring that they are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education, training or employment.

The Halifax Academy has been accredited with the Gold Standard Award in Careers, showing our commitment to high quality CEIAG. We provide a carefully planned programme of careers education and work closely with other education and training providers to ensure that all students have an understanding of the different post-16 pathways and providers available. Students, parents, teachers and employers can access information about our careers programme by contacting: Mr G Stephenson – Assistant Headteacher & Careers Lead on 01422 301080.

Students are offered many opportunities to explore potential career paths within the curriculum, from taking part in enterprise competitions and college visits to hearing guest speakers and undertaking voluntary work for local employers. In order for students to gain an understanding of why they are studying a particular subject, teachers share links to careers and jobs as well as current information on the local and national labour markets. Curriculum Development Days held throughout the year enable students to visit universities and to work with local and national employers such as the RAF, Cadbury and Lloyds Banking Group.

Throughout the year the academy holds numerous careers events including a post 16 event, apprenticeship event and local employers fair. These are great opportunities for students and parents to talk to potential employers and explore the different options at post-16 and beyond. We believe it is important to offer a range of FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to the students at the academy. Please use the following link to see our Provider Access Policy: Provider Access Statement 2020

We give our students the confidence - and also the skills and guidance - to excel. We help them develop skills such as resilience, self motivation and metacognition. We raise aspirations and open doors by creating opportunities to hear from or work with professionals in all kinds of fields. We offer comprehensive and impartial advice on options for the future beyond The Halifax Academy to help our students choose the right path for them.

Our careers policy can be viewed here: School Careers Policy

The CEIAG Team

The Careers Education Information Advice Guidance (CEIAG) provision in school involves all staff but our dedicated team are:

Careers Leader – Mr G Stephenson
T: 01422 301080

Year 11 Progress Leader - Ms N Hawkins

Curriculum Support Coordinator - Mrs Jabbal

C & K Careers Advisors
Ms H Fletcher

Ms R Mackenzie

Link Governor for Careers: Mr M Burton

C&K Careers Advisors

Students at The Halifax Academy benefit from independent, impartial careers advice and guidance, provided by our partners C&K Careers. Guidance is personalised to each individual and includes information on a range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and technical educational routes.

This service is based in the Careers room within the library, where students can browse lots of resources and use the computers to access online careers material. The careers advisor provides a drop-in service on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8.30am-4.00pm, including break and lunchtime. Students can also book a one to one guidance appointment via the library, school reception or by email; parents and carers are welcome to attend with their child.

Working very closely with staff including SEND, pastoral, Heads of Year and specialist external agencies, C&K Careers help us to offer the appropriate level of support to every individual. They offer special support for Year 8 options choices and Year 11 post-16 options.

C&K Careers also organise or attend a number of key events each year to provide guidance to students and their families, including assemblies and parents evenings, careers and education fairs and interview practice. The service continues beyond students' time at The Halifax Academy, as C&K Careers offer lifelong careers advice for young people and adults through their centres in Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury and other provision in the community.

Find out more about C&K Careers here: C&K Careers

Labour Market Information – C&K Careers

Example Calendar of Careers Events

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 8

Make It In Manufacturing

KS4 Guided Options Sessions

KS4 Guided Options Evening

Mustard Wharf Construction Site Visits

Year 9 Restart a Heart Day

Summerfield House Care Home Visit

Speaker – MP Holly Lynch MP Design London Visit
Year 10 Assembly - Kirklees College Speaker in Assembly

Summerfield House Care Home Visit

Burnley Combined Court Visit

Summerfield House Care Home Visit

Mock Interviews with employers and providers

‘Speed Networking’ with providers and employers

HNC Taster Days

Kirklees College Taster Days

Year 11

Lunchtime Drop in Sessions

Get Organised Careers Event at The Shay Stadium

Post 16 Open Evenings

Post 16 – support with applications

Post 16 Options Event

Lunchtime Drop in Sessions

Yr 11 Parents Review Meeting

Calderdale College Visit
Apprenticeships – support with applications

Lunchtime Drop in Sessions


Below are links to some of the websites that we encourage students to use when making careers decisions:

Directgov young
C&K Careers -information, advice and guidance for young people and adults in Calderdale and
UCAS Progress – 14-19 online learning
The National Apprenticeship
National Careers Service