University and Careers Success
At Ark Walworth Academy every student is encouraged to set their sights high for their futures, regardless of their background or individual circumstances. Our vision is to develop young people with the social confidence, self-efficacy and goal clarity to become highly desirable employees of the future. Underpinning this vision are our shared CARES values of Commitment, Aspiration, Resilience, Excellence and Self-Management which we believe exemplify a successful member of any community.
We aim to develop the fundamental skills for a successful career such as teamwork, communication, cooperation and problem solving as part of our day to day curriculum in all academic subjects. Alongside their academic education our students benefit from our University and Careers Success programme that focuses on three key areas; developing good study habits and social confident skills, access and exposure to the employers & higher education, as well as strong pathways and guidance advice. The programme will equip our young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the transition from our school, to further study or directly into a career of their choice.
All students have access careers advice and guidance through their tutor, Director of Progress and Mr Fazackerley (Head of Aspirations). All Year 10 and 11 students will have a one to one meeting with Ms. Bennett-Wilson (Careers Advisor) each year to plan for their post-16 choices. In the Sixth Form students benefit from the Next Steps Programme which helps them to develop a deeper understanding of future pathways and options, which is supported by access to both careers and application advice for all post-19 routes.
Start Profile is a careers platform that enables young people to explore their futures and places them in control of their own learning and progression. Not only does every young person have access at school, they can also log on 24/7, wherever they have an internet connection. Students are able access information about careers, routes into them, as well as live labour market and vacancy information.
The platform can be accessed from www.startprofile.com (Registration code : 32921)
Within this site you will find lots of free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career. You can find accredited, video-based training modules on key topics such as leadership, communication and resilience. These are written by specialists and feature interactive quizzing and top tips from some of the UK’s biggest companies.There are also lots of great interviews with employers and universities so you can hear about the latest apprenticeship and higher education opportunities available to you.
The resource can be accessed from http://www.workreadyschools.co.uk/schools/walworth-academy/
UNIVERSITY AND EMPLOYER TASTER DAYS
All students are given the opportunity to attend at least one taster day at a university and an employer each year. These trips are designed to give students more knowledge and experience of what life is like at a higher education establishment with the hope of, one day, inspiring them to attend university. Following up a university taster day with an employer visit helps our young people to make connections between academic success and employability.
University trips this year have included Cambridge University, the University of Southampton, London Southbank and City University. Employer visits have included Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte, State Street, London Bridge Station and the Nuclear Industry Association.
Ark Walworth Academy is committed to providing every single one of our students with at least a week of work experience in Year 10 and a further week in Year 12. Working with our partners at Southwark Education Business Alliance enables our students to access a variety of local employers to gain invaluable insight into the workplace. Through a deep immersion in the real world of work students see and experience the impact of the vital work ready skills represented by our academy CARES values, meaning that when they return they are better able to appreciate why these values are so critical to their university and careers success.
A levels, BTECs and degrees are not the only options for study when our students finish their time at Ark Walworth. We are keen to ensure post-16 and post-19 destinations for our young people meet their aspirations and needs. With this in mind students who identify an interest in accessing and apprenticeship are supported to find out more and to visit potential employers. In 2017 students were enabled to visit Berkeley Homes, Costain London Bridge Station, MEC Global and ENGIE.
Through a partnership with Groundwork selected students from across Years 10 to 13 engage in an intensive 16 programme of academic coaching designed to raise their aspirations and to help them to secure a place on a suitable programme after their courses conclude here at Ark Walworth Academy.
15% of secondary school pupils in the UK are eligible for Free School Meals, but these students make up only 2% of the intake at England's 25 most selective universities. The Access Project seeks to reduce this by providing volunteer tutors who work with students one-to-one, meaning they are able to respond to their tutees' needs and help them to improve. With a one-to-one tutor in one or more of their subjects, students can boost their grades and make competitive university applications.
THE BRILLIANT CLUB
We are proud partners of the Brilliant Club; this outstanding academic access programme delivers programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of high performing pupils. Alongside the tutorials, a combination of university trips and academic conferences equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and ambition that help them students to secure places at highly selective universities.
More information about the Programme can be found here http://www.thebrilliantclub.org
Students across each year group work with the charity Into University on their secondary FOCUS Programme. This unique programme offers young people learning experiences which aim to immerse them in a single topic or subject area. It includes workshops and holiday FOCUS activities, Extending Horizons Weekends away; and after-school Careers-in-FOCUS. All FOCUS provision concludes with a ‘graduation’ ceremony with certificates and a celebration of the young people’s work.
You may find out more about their work here http://www.intouniversity.org
There is a wealth of evidence showing a serious deficit in the state sector in students’ confidence, knowledge about career pathways and access to role models compared to their private school peers. We know that this affects young people’s perception of their own ability, their expectations of future success, and the extent to which they value their school work. Too many people believe that ‘people like me’ don’t succeed in life; we want to change that and show them that they do!
Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities. At the core of their work is the drive to ensure that no young person’s future is limited by their background. Future First has developed a robust process for helping schools develop sustainable alumni communities - engaging both this year’s leavers and former students who have lost touch – using a secure online platform to support that connection.
Over time as we grow our community we will invite alumni to come back to visit us, meet with students and take part in academy careers events.
Current students (for 2017 leavers): https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/student/walworth
Former students: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/walworth