Careers & Work Experience

The Academy is committed to ensuring that all students receive Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.

This will include:

  • The provision of accurate, up-to-date and objective information on opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it.
  • The provision of advice through activities that help young people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation.
  • The provision of impartial guidance and specialist support to help young people understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress.

Any queries regarding work experience or careers should be directed to Mrs Dorgan,

A Careers Adviser, Kerry Mann, can be contacted by email

Read the recent experience of Rachel who enjoyed her work placement with SAM, the Sussex Academy of Music. CLICK HERE to read her week's blog.

The Academy are working towards renewing our Quality in Careers Standard and will be reassessed in July. The Governors, Principal and all members of staff are committed to providing an outstanding programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance activities that satisfy national requirements and provide guidance which enables us to address the careers development needs of all our students.

Outline of Learning Outcomes

  • Year 7/8

    Year 7/8 – The main focus of these year groups is to develop self-awareness and self-esteem through Citizenship lessons.

    For Year 8 students, there is also the opportunity to participate in the entrepreneurship activity – “The Tenner Challenge” which focuses on raising money for charities. Year 8 female students will also have the opportunity to take part in the popular Girls in Technology course with American Express and Albion in the Community.

  • Year 9

    Year 9 – The students in this year group will have developed an understanding of various jobs, careers etc through activities such as “Speed Networking” which is delivered during a day looking at the Options process. This day aims to develop an understanding of the implications of their choices for KS4 in relation to Further and Higher Education.

    Through Citizenship lessons, students will be encouraged to think about what influences their careers choices and what skills and qualities they have. Students will be introduced to the National Careers Service website and begin to complete skills based quizzes aimed at helping them find appropriate careers.

  • Year 10

    Year 10 – Through Citizenship lessons and tutorial sessions students will develop an understanding of their choices for Post 16 education and training as well as how to access sources of information to help them in their decision making.

    Students are prepared for Work Experience which they undertake for one week in the Summer Term of this year. Students may be nominated for the “Work Experience Student of the Year Award” kindly sponsored by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association.

  • Year 11

    Year 11 – Year 11 students are carefully guided through Further Education applications which include colleges, apprenticeships and other training schemes. Parents are kept informed throughout by information and support evenings. Sixth Form Colleges will come into Assemblies to provide information and students will also have the opportunity to hear from a local University.

    All Year 11 students will be offered a meeting with our Independent Careers Adviser, Kerry Mann during the Autumn and Spring Terms.

    As part of tutorial sessions, students will be asked to complete CVs and Personal Statements.