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    We are in easy reach from various methods of transport:


    Bus
    94, 237, 266. 207, 260, 283, 228


    Underground
    Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith and City Line), Ravenscourt Park (District Line)


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    Limited parking is available at Hammersmith Academy. Visitors are encouraged to travel via public transport.

    Should you choose to travel by car please be advised that on street parking is available at a cost of £1.10 per half hour (as of April 2013) chargeable between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm (Mon-Fri).

    Hammersmith Academy
    25 Cathnor Road
    London
    W12 9JD


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Careers and University

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Careers & University

Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain…High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.

DfE Careers Guidance and inspiration in Schools, March 2015

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A fully supported programme of impartial careers guidance is a very important part of our work with students at Hammersmith Academy. If we are to develop highly qualified, aspirational young adults, they must be able to make outstanding progress after they leave us, as well as whilst they are in our care. The Academy employs a full time Careers Coordinator to lead and support the careers programme which permeates the curriculum at Hammersmith Academy.

We know that a successful careers programme does more than prepare students for the future, it helps them make the right choices in school and encourages them to engage with their studies in order to reach their career goals. Good careers guidance should ensure that our students leave HA well-prepared for the outside world, with the employability skills that they need to succeed and the capacity to do well in life.

Our careers programme is modelled around current best-practice for careers guidance and the Gatsby Benchmarks developed by the Gatsby Foundation have been embedded into our careers work (http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/programmes/good-career-guidance).

The Gatsby Benchmarks

  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
  8. Personal guidance

Each year group is entitled to a range of opportunities that build on the eight benchmarks as they progress through their time at the school, increasing in intensity as they progress towards the key decision-making points at the end of GCSEs and A Levels.

We have particularly rich relationships with employers, both through our sponsors – The Worshipful Companies of Mercers, and Information Technologists – and via carefully nurtured partnerships with employers and industry bodies. Recent collaborations have included encounters in the workplace and in school with Tiger Aspect Productions, PwC, Ernst & Young, the US Embassy, the Bush Theatre, the Construction Youth Trust and UCL Medicine.

We are pleased to be part of a pilot programme launched by the government’s Careers & Enterprise Company which provides Enterprise Advisers to work closely with us to help build careers strategy and employer engagement plans.

As part of our Careers Week (6th – 10th March 2017) we interviewed six of our Sixth Formers about what HA has offered them and how envisage their future careers.

  • Tyler – “I know I want to go somewhere between banking & finance and law”
  • Amari –  “At the moment I want to be an Investment Banker”
  • Naomi – “a corporate lawyer predominantly for film industry companies”
  • Hadeel – “the long term plan is the UN”
  • Umut – “I just want to something to do with Maths”
  • Abdel – “it’s between chemistry or possibly engineering”

A stable careers programme

Our students are offered the following support as part of a structured careers programme, alongside a range of other opportunities to build their understanding of diverse career paths:

Year 7

  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Careers speed networking event
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • SEN focus
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • Tutor time careers modules
  • Ad hoc workplace visits linked to the curriculum

Year 8

  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Careers speed networking event
  • Subject specific university outreach programmes
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus
  • Tutor time careers modules
  • Ad hoc workplace visits linked to the curriculum
  • GCSE options evening

Year 9

  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Careers speed networking event
  • Brilliant Club – STEM & Hums programmes
  • Into University – Business in Focus Programme
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus
  • Tutor time careers modules
  • Ad hoc workplace visits linked to the curriculum

Year 10

  • Work Experience training drop down day
  • Work experience week
  • Apprenticeship speed networking event
  • University summer school programmes
  • Oxford tri-borough G&T trip
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus
  • Tutor time careers modules

Year 11

  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Team London careers speed networking
  • Apprenticeship speed networking event
  • Open evening
  • Future Choices Fair
  • A Level taster day
  • Potential NEET focus – extensive personalised support from Student Achievement Manager
  • SEN/potential NEET FE college visits
  • Take Two employability programme
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus
  • Tutor time careers modules

Year 12

  • Careers modules for induction day
  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Insight Programme – employer engagement talks, introducing, trips
  • UCAS Evening
  • UCAS Fair
  • University summer schools and taster events
  • Brilliant Club
  • Skills London
  • Apprenticeship speed networking event
  • HA Med Soc
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus – 1:1 interviews with Careers Coordinator
  • @HA_6thForm twitter account
  • Tutor time careers modules
  • Personalised support for work experience and paid work applications
  • Summer internships

Year 13

  • Careers knowledge and employability drop down day
  • Personalised UCAS application support (at least four 1:1 sessions with Careers Coordinator)
  • Personalised interview practice, including partner school support at St Paul’s Girls and Boys
  • 1:1 guidance with Careers Coordinator for non-university routes
  • Potential NEET focus – extensive personalised support from Careers Coordinator
  • 1:1 discussions with tutor
  • Student Achievement Manager support
  • SEN focus – extensive personalised support from Careers Coordinator
  • @HA_6thForm twitter account
  • Skills London
  • Apprenticeship speed networking event
  • HA Med Soc
  • Tutor time careers modules
  • Personalised support for work experience and paid work applications
  • Summer internships

Careers Links & Resources

National-Careers-Service

The National Careers Service website has career profiles of over 750 jobs providing information on the skills and qualifications required.

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The Pure Potential website is easy to navigate and has plenty of useful advice on applying to university, school leaver programmes, and choosing a career.

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I Could has over a thousand career videos as well as games and lots of information. In the career stories people talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they got there and their hopes for the future.

TARGETcareers helps young people to make smart decisions about their future. Investigate careers that interest you and decide whether to do an apprenticeship or go to university, then get applying. We’ve got the full list of UK undergraduate courses and advice on choosing between them, or you can search for apprenticeships with some of the country’s biggest employers.

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Prospects is similar to the National Careers Service, giving detailed job information and links to advice on writing CVs and cover letters.

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Careers box is a free online library of careers related films, news and information. The case study films show real people doing real jobs to give you an idea of what a job is really like.

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Plotr is a free website where you can explore career worlds, view employer profiles, browse opportunities in your local area, and find careers advice on all sorts of topics from choosing your GCSEs to what not to wear at a job interview.

Parental Guidance is brought to you by the Careers Writers Association. We are highly experienced careers writers of articles, books and web-based materials for all age groups, particularly young people.

Join 5,906,243 people learning together at FutureLearn. Try high quality online education – enjoy free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

Use their Careerometre widget for career information and searches.

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Coursera is a gateway to free online courses from more than 80 of the world’s top universities. Coursera

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From organised crime in the UK to women in Russian prisons, from Mumbai slums to wine tasting, sociologist Laurie Taylor has something interesting to say about everything you’ve never thought about.Thinking Allowed

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SFE’s dedicated Student Finance Zone on The Student room is the official place for all student finance Information. To make sure your students can find everything they need to know by sharing this link button graphic on your website.

http://thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance

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Every week, Melvyn Bragg is joined by academics to discuss the history of ideas from ‘Angels’ to ‘Zero’. In Our Time

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Bored? Fed up? In need of inspiration, or just a few laughs? Get yourself on to ted.com, an extraordinary collection of online talks on every conceivable topic. TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

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Do you wish you were better at algebra or wonder why we should bother studying Shakespeare? The iTunes Store is Apple’s online digital media store where music and films can be downloaded using the iTunes software. iTunes U is an area within the Store where an educational institution can provide its own collection of audio and visual material (such as lectures, talks and interviews). Unlike the music and films, this material can be downloaded free of charge. University of Oxford on ItunesU

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