At Academy 360 we have a strong commitment to social mobility and raising the aspirations of our students.

Our careers strategy is currently evolving but our aim is to respond to the needs of students, the labour market, what it is employers need as well as raise our student aspirations and broaden they’re horizons.

Our goal is for all our students to achieve they’re personal best through supporting them to make informed choices regarding they’re progression.

Good careers guidance is the key to helping young people make the right choices and set them on a path to a rewarding career.

We hope our students capitalise upon the opportunities available to them at Academy 360 enabling them to make informed decisions regarding they’re future.


The CEIAG Team


At Academy 360 we have a whole school approach to careers with a move towards all staff supporting the delivery of CEIAG through the pastoral system and curriculum areas.

Connexions will still form some part of our career programme as well as an external careers guidance provider.

The designated Careers Lead for Academy 360 who will co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of our programme is:

Miss Rachel Darling – Welfare Manger/Careers Leader

rachel.darling@academy360.co.uk         Tel:0191 3006506 Ext 4033.


Students in Year 11 are offered individual personal guidance interviews.

 At Academy 360 we currently use Career Wave to offer this service to our students and our named CEIAG officer is Tracey Walters.

Any pupil may request to speak with the guidance officer, doing so via the careers leader.


Gatsby Benchmarks


The eight Gatsby Benchmarks will underpin the Academies Career plan and we are committed to delivering provision in line with this.

We will be supported in our journey to fully achieve all 8 benchmarks by 2020 through partnerships with NELEP, NELEP Careers Hub, Teach First, including additional support from other key organisations


Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance which are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education


Personal guidance

To ensure we address all of the benchmarks, Careers Education at Academy 360 is holistic, balanced and personalised. Our aim is to enthuse students and support them to make informed decisions about their future career pathway. At Academy 360, Careers Education is delivered in a variety of ways across year groups and is embedded into our activities calendar so that all students have numerous opportunities to experience high quality career information, advice and guidance.


Calendar of Events



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

  • Assemblies

·       Workshops / Drop down days



  • Assemblies
  • Futures Week
  • Drop down day


  • Assemblies
  • Enrichment Week

Year 8

  • Assemblies
  • GCSE Option Talks

·       Workshops / Drop down days



  • Assemblies
  • Futures Week
  • GCSE Options Evening
  • Drop down day


  • Assemblies
  • Enrichment Week

Year 9

  • Assemblies
  • Necop Mentoring


  • Assemblies
  • Futures Week
  • Careers Fair
  • Drop down day
  • Assemblies
  • Work Discovery Week
  • Enrichment Week

Year 10

  • Assemblies
  • Workshops / Drop down days


  • Assemblies
  • Futures Week
  • Careers Fair
  • Drop Down day
  • Work experience talks and preparation
  • Assemblies
  • Year 10 Work Experience Week
  • Work Discovery Week
  • Enrichment Week
  • College Taster Day

Year 11

  • Assemblies

·       Workshops / Drop down days

  • Personal Guidance
  • College 121
  • Assemblies
  • Parents Evening
  • Futures Week
  • Careers Fair

·       Necop Mentoring


  • Assemblies
  • Work Discovery Week



Sunderland College  (Hyperlink all these)

East Durham College

Newcastle College

Gateshead College

South Tyneside College


Sixth Form (Hyperlink these)

St Roberts

St Anthonys / St Aidan

Southmoor Academy

Newcastle College Sixth Form




National Apprenticeship Service Hyper link this


Online resources


National Careers Service

Careers advice for parents.org

www.maths careers.org.uk




This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.



Students in years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; and
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.



A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Rachel Darling, Welfare Manager / Careers Leader:

Telephone: (0191) 3006506

 Email: rachel.darling@academy360.co.uk


Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents – Annual Calendar of Events.

Please speak to our named Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.  The Academy’s policy on safeguarding sets out the approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.  The Safeguarding Policy is available on our website.


Premises and facilities

The Academy will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. We will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations.

This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or Welfare Manager.  Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with our Careers Leader who will distribute the relevant information to pupils.