Careers Education - Bromley Ambition
The careers programme has been branded as Bromley Ambition in order to be easily recognised by students and parents and to raise the profile of careers education.
Bromley Ambition is a comprehensive careers programme that comprises information, networking experiences and an understanding of the workplace landscape to broaden students’ horizons and aims to inspire students by raising aspiration and motivating all students at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley
Bromley Ambition will allow every student to acquire information and skills and receive unbiased guidance to make informed choices that realises their talent and potential and shapes their future success.
The academy ethos is “all can:we will.”The careers strategy links with the language of the academy in that it is inclusive and that the expectation is that students demonstrate CORE values and are committed, optimistic, resilient and empathetic who have high aspirations and are polite, enthusiastic and ambitious.
Our Careers Policy and Baker Clause/Provider Access Policy can be downloaded from the Teaching & Learning page of our website.
Our careers team
The Academy is supported by the Harris Federation Team who arrange events, latterly webinars and communicate opportunities to students via a dedicated website.
The Team attend all Sixth Form Managers meetings to raise the profile of careers education. There is a dedicated careers advisor who spends one day a week conducting careers interviews with year 11 – 13 as well as targeted groups such as Most Able. MAPP and SEND students.
Within the Academy the Careers Leader will work with the Attendance Officers and Behaviour Mentors to monitor engagement and link students with to the careers advisor. Students who leave are invited to become members of the alumni association, Future First. Alumni visit the school for assemblies and careers events.
The Compass Plus Evaluation Tool is being regularly updated in order to plan strategically to meet all Gatsby Benchmarks. It shows that the Academy has significant areas of strength in providing personal guidance and linking curriculum with careers, and work is being done to allow more encounters with employers and employees and experiences of workplaces and further and higher education.
Staff are aware that a stable careers programme is a statutory right for all students in the academy. Teachers understand the careers strategy and are working towards achieving all the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Bromley Ambition Careers Programme
A student friendly version of the careers programme
The central aim of Harris Girls Academy Bromley is to provide effective education and training for all of our students, through a well-structured and highly effective programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).
Linked Staff members:
Mrs A Duffy - Harris Federation Careers
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0208 778 5917
Mrs S Barling - Careers Lead for HGABR
E: email@example.com T: 0208 778 5917
A Careers Advisor is contracted to HGABR 36 days per year as part of a Harris Federation agreement. Mrs Duffy is our allocated careers advisor.
The following services are provided throughout the year at HGABR.
- A varied careers library situated in the whole school LRC is available to all students. All students have the opportunity to visit the library and access the books. In addition the Sixth Form Study areas is well equipped with university prospectuses and literature on alternative career routes.
- An academy wide PSHE programme is delivered to all students covering career choices/pathways, financial guidance (salaries and income), employment rights and careers for the future.
- An informed drop down day for Year 9 students is followed by an information evening for parents to guide the subject choices to study at GCSE. This is followed by 1:1 subject meetings with senior leaders to advise and make informed choices.
- Year 10 students will take part in group career meetings prior to their 1:1 meetings in Year 11. Students are instructed to start considering their next steps in preparation to entering their GCSE exam year.
- 1:1 meetings for all Year 11 students with senior leaders to support and guide with progression into KS5
- A level taster sessions available in all subjects to Y11 students.
- Individual Careers Guidance in the form of 1:1 interviews. All Year 11, 12 and 13 students will receive a careers interview throughout the academic year with the federation careers advisor.
Evaluation and individual careers plans are constructed as a result of the interviews and kept on file for future interviews and discussions. Those students who raise concerns regarding their future are re-interviewed in the Summer Term. Careers advisors are on hand at GCSE and A-Level results day to supportand guide students in making the correct choice for their next level of education.
Other Careers Services
- Y11 Academic and Personal References are completed by Faculty Directors.
- Details of student destinations, post-HGABR are kept on file. Interviews and support is made available for those without confirmed progression routes. This support continues until students have a confirmed progression route post results.
Other Careers Services
- GCSE and P16 Option process
- Bromley experience visits to universities
- Visiting speakers arranged through Bromley Experience programme.
- Federation ‘Next Steps’ evening for students and parents of Year 11, 12 and 13.
Harris Girls’ Academy’s vision for careers education
The vision is that careers is embedded in the curriculum and becomes part of the fabric of the Academy allowing students to have the knowledge, skills and experience to make successful choices and transitions at the key points in years 9,11 and 13 and understand the demands of transition. Students need to understand how their choices might be influenced by the state of the labour market. Students will need to appreciate the impact of technology and artificial intelligence on their future careers.
The Academy has consistently achieved significantly higher than average progress for students at GCSE and both students and teachers are ambitious and driven. The percentage of students who attend Russell Group University is higher than the national average. Many students are the first in their family to attend university and students may not have had exposure to a range of careers within their networks therefore facing societal barriers as well as contextual influences around stereotypes that will inhibit social mobility. There is a relatively low take up apprenticeships at all levels.