Ormiston Denes Academy values the importance of careers education and guidance that prepares students for challenges in the future. An effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme helps prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It can contribute to achievement and inclusion by raising aspirations, increasing motivation, challenging stereotypes and enabling young people to make realistic and informed choices about their futures.
Mixing traditional, friendly and robust guidance with employer engagement expertise across education and employment spaces, Mrs Richings brings Ormiston Denes Academy and employers together to create an enriched matrix of careers education both in and outside of school.
Ormiston Denes Academy supports the development and facilitation of CEIAG across all year groups, including information on traineeships and apprenticeships for young people.
For all careers advice, please speak to Mrs Julie Richings, Careers Coordinator. Julie can be contacted at email@example.com or on her direct line at 01502 442615.
In July 2018 we were awarded the Quality in Careers Standard award at gold level, and in July 2021 we were again awarded this certificate for the achievement of the National Quality in Careers Standard award, as well as the Ixion Gold award for its outstanding contribution to its CEIAG provision. These are valid until July 2024.
Careers Education Programme
Click here to download a copy of our careers education programme.
The CDI framework can be viewed below.
Please contact Mrs Julie Richings, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.
1. A stable careers programme.
2. Learning from career and labour market information.
3. Addressing the needs of each student.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
5. Encounters with employers and employees.
6. Experiences of workplaces.
7. Encounters with further and higher education.
8. Personal guidance.
Students can drop in to speak to Mrs Richings at break or lunchtimes, for general advice, to talk about applications, or to book an appointment with our guidance professional. Parents are also welcome to contact Mrs Richings to make an appointment as required.
Careers Education helps young people develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to make well informed choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work.
Information, Advice and Guidance covers a range of personalised activities and interventions that help young people to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their progression through learning and work.
CEIAG at Ormiston Denes Academy includes a programme of careers education supported by personalised information, advice and guidance. Together we will equip young people with the knowledge and skills that they need to make well-informed and realistic choices about their own progression through learning and work.
Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the students to whom it is given.
Specifically, students at Ormiston Denes Academy are entitled to receive:
From September 2021 our impartial Careers Guidance is being provided by Marion Gibbons from Beacon East. Beacon East is an education business partnership and careers guidance provider working across the eastern region. Their mission is to develop ‘meaningful relationships between education and business & industry,’ and they also provide high quality careers guidance services to meet the latest statutory requirements and most importantly, help guide students correctly to the next stage of their ‘life path.’ Marion Gibbons, who holds the required Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance and enhanced DBS check, will be working part time in the academy to offer support to students. If you feel that your son/daughter would benefit from a careers guidance appointment, please contact Mrs Richings at email@example.com. Further information on the services provided by Beacon East can be found here.
Useful careers resources for students, parents and staff
There are a wide range of useful resources to be able to support students, parents and carers. This includes general information, online quizzes relating to job choices, further information of post 16 options, higher education, job opportunities and CV writing, to name a few. Please click here to view the wide range of information that is available
Use the Careerometer below to compare different jobs, salaries, working hours etc. Click on the dotted area in one of the cards and enter in a career that you’re interested in, then use the next card to add another career, to compare the two.
Online careers advice resources
Careers guidance software to help students plan their future.
Fast Tomato (now Morrisby Careers) offers interest based careers advice and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, they offer a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future.
Please see Mrs Richings in the Careers Office for the registration code to enable you to create a personal account.
The Yojo App is a Careers and Apprenticeships App that has been created by Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People’s Engagement Hub team. The Yojo App was first launched back in 2018, the first of its kind. After two years of re-development the app is back, and re-launched this year on 10th January.
The Engagement Hub team created the app with young people for young people. The app name ‘yojo’ was chosen by young people meaning ‘You + Job = yojo’.
The new Yojo App has been rejuvenated to meet the current needs of young people in Suffolk, aged 14 to 25.
The Yojo app provides support to young people in Suffolk aged 14 to 25 who are looking for career path information, apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities, and tips and advice for preparing, finding work.
The Yojo app puts the ‘world of work’ in young people’s pockets. It has a huge range of features which allows young people to:
The Yojo App also includes:
Details of the app can be found below:
Academy Partnership with the University of East Anglia
We are a University of East Anglia partnership school. This means that we are offered a number of opportunities for young people, staff, parents and carers and the wider school community. We also have an Outreach Officer, who is our dedicated point of contact to help the select young people who will benefit most from taking part in our activities.
The activities offered are designed to enable young people to recognise that going to university is an option for them. Everything is provided totally free of charge by the university, apart from some transport costs. Activities are linked to careers and widening participation, and fully support us to achieve both Ofsted and Gatsby Benchmark reporting requirements.
The UEA believes in championing young people from all backgrounds to succeed in whatever way is best for them. However they are clear that, if young people are clued up on all things university and decide it’s not for them, that’s fine.
Details of their outreach programme can be found here.
They assess the impact of their work using data requested from all partnership schools. Students, parents and carers, have been informed that data will be provided by the school, and given the option to opt out if they wish. Details about the data collection can be found here https://outreach.uea.ac.uk/data-collection/
The letters that have been issued to students, parents and carers can be viewed here.
Post-16 education providers
In September 2019, 99.9% of our students went on to positive destinations in either apprenticeships or further education and in September 2020, 99.45% of our students went on to positive destinations in either apprenticeships or further education, a testament to our students and the careers provision and advice that they receive. Although the positive destination figures have not yet been released, early indications show that, again virtually all students have gone on to positive destinations.
Please note, the following list does not include all available providers.
If you haven’t decided or are thinking of changing your course, contact East Coast College and Lowestoft 6th Form College on either 0800 854 695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Virtual Open Days
Book via the Access Creative College website here.
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Thursday 18th August 2022. (tbc)
Calling all Year 11 students!
Thinking about your post 16 options? You will need to complete your required applications in good time to ensure you have a place on your chosen educational post – 16 pathway.
Need help, information or guidance? Then come along and see Mrs Richings in her office, or email email@example.com.
Qualifications/ Post 16 Options
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. Currently available locally at East Norfolk Sixth form College, Gorleston, from September 2021, EN6FC TECC from September 2022.
Department for Education: Find out about T Levels from students, teachers, careers leaders, employers and a university representative. This 6-minute film explains what makes T Levels different from existing post-GCSE choices and who they will suit.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They’re available at all academic levels – whether you’re leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy – plus a host of careers you’d never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.
A higher apprenticeships is your ticket to a high-skilled job. You’ll usually need at least 2 A-levels to start one, and you’ll come out with qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree or higher – with any tuition fees paid by your employer! Higher apprentices can earn between £300-500 per week (although you may start lower). You could train to be a solicitor or a lab scientist, and even learn how to design sweets with a confectionery apprenticeship!
Degree apprenticeships guarantee you a university degree, as well as on-the-job training for a high-skilled job. You’ll spend 30 hours a week learning from experienced colleagues at work, and the equivalent of one day studying towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at uni or college. It gives you the kudos and academic grounding of a degree along with sought-after employability skills employers say graduates don’t have. And 8 out of 10 parents think it’s better than an Oxbridge degree!
Should I apply for an apprenticeship or university?
Today, apprenticeships offer a route into high-skilled jobs that you had to go to uni to train for in the past. If you know what career path you want to follow, an apprenticeship could get you there without the fees – while enabling you to develop employability skills too. University is essential for certain careers and great for those with passionate academic interests. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships before making your decision.
The successatschool.org website has a host of valuable information for all of the above, including:
AIM Apprenticeships give regular assemblies and drop-in sessions in the academy. They offer support with finding an apprenticeship, including creating a CV with their online CV builder tool and help with interview preparation. Visit the AIM Apprenticeships website.
16 to 19 Bursary Fund
If you think you might struggle with the costs for education or training you may be able to get help from the bursary fund.
There are two types of bursary, a vulnerable student bursary and a discretionary bursary.
The sixth form, college or other educational institution you are attending is responsible for managing both types of bursary.
Vulnerable Student Bursary
To claim a vulnerable student bursary you must be:
You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:
You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary. Your education or training provider decides how much you get and what it’s used for.
Norfolk’s school sixth forms, colleges and training providers will decide who should receive a bursary, how much and when it will be paid. They are for students who need most help with the costs of transport, food and equipment.
To find out more about the 16-19 Bursary Fund
Please note: if you’re on an apprenticeship programme, or any training where you receive a wage, you’re classed as being employed rather than in education and therefore aren’t eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.
You are able to view our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy Statement on our Policies and Guidance page.
This year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, various events have been taking place in the academy, and this morning staff and students came together […]
The canteen staff have prepared some Platinum Jubilee treats for the street party on the field today! At lunchtime, students will get the chance to enjoy Victoria sponge muffins, jammie shortbread crowns and cheese and fruit mini scones and also enjoy a variety of games!
Ormiston Denes Academy students are delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Norfolk LGBT+ Project after their fundraising production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream .The PRIDE production, the first ever held at the academy, was entirely run by students and audiences made a charitable donation in exchange for their tickets. A total of £150 […]
Save the date! Saturday 16th July 2022 11.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait for the return of our summer fete this year and welcome you all to join us! Free entry and fun, for family and friends! There will be lots happening on the day… • Live performances. • Workshops. • Exhibitions. • Refreshments. • […]
Our Eco Council are participating in the national The Big Plastic Count next week. We have bins in school for students to put their used plastics in, and we would also encourage you to take part at home. Full details are on student’s Personal Development Google Classrooms, and tally sheets can be collected from Mrs […]
Today, 12th May is Celebrating Women In Maths Day. We are celebrating as we have some fabulous maths leaders at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Calling all former students! To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are opening our doors to any alumni who studied at our school at any time since our Queen succeeded to the throne on 6th February 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. We’d love you to join us on Thursday 26th […]
After meeting with Sally from Get Suffolk Reading, a National Literacy Trust project running in Lowestoft, we have very kindly been donated a large number of books on a range of topics including, equality and diversity and LGBTQ, kindness journals and a large supply of Marcus Rashford’s book “You are a Champion, how to be […]
Ormiston Denes Academy sends good luck wishes to all Year 6 students who are taking their SATs next week. We are also looking forward to meeting all the students and their families who are coming to us later this year!