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Charles Read Academy

We seek to broaden the horizons of each and everyone of our students encouraging academic excellence and transferable life skills enabling all to become effective members of our 21st century society.

Careers Guidance & Post 16

Careers Provision

Year 7 Provision

  • Form time careers videos and activities
  • PSHE lessons covering a wide range of career related topics
  • Careers Assemblies throughout the year
  • Career-related trips and visit
  • Trip to the local university

Year 8 Provison

  • Form time careers videos and activities
  • PSHE lessons covering a range of career related topics
  • Careers assemblies covering fields of work and aimed at raising aspirations
  • Career-related trips and events
  • Big Bang 

Year 9 Provision

  • Focused on careers and planning GCSE Pathways through:
  • Parent options evening and meetings
  • Employability and Enterprise activities
  • Career-focused assemblies

Year 10 Provision

  • Career-focused assemblies
  • Career-focused form times


Year 11 Provision

  • Sixth form, college and apprenticeship providers lead assemblies
  • 1:1 careers advice and guidance interviews
  • CV and application form writing support
  • Careers education covered in form time and linked into lessons
  • National Citizen Service summer programme

The Careers Lead at Charles Read Academy is Suzanne Airey ( or 01476 550333).

Date of Next Review: June 2020

Information for Students

From careers advice through to interview tips, the National Careers Service provides a comprehensive career guide. Access at the website below:

Take the buzz test to find out what kind of person you are and the careers that might suit you here:

Information for Employers

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:

  • Employer Talks
  • Business site visits
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience and job shadowing
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Suzanne Airey at

Assessing CEIAG Provision

We assess our CEIG provision through a Compass Skills audit, through the percentage of students who go into 6th form, further education or employment at an appropriate level and through reviewing the effectiveness of the following:

• 1:1 Guidance Interviews
• University visits / cohorts / outreach networks 
• Assemblies / seminars 
• Notice boards 
• Trips and visits to colleges, universities and employers 
• Social media promotion 
• Skills Fairs Y
• Access to up to date LMI 
• Business Banquet type events 
• Other employer engagement events 

We have Enterprise Co-ordinator, Debbie Boon ( who assists predominantly with employer engagement opportunities.

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