Careers Guidance, Inspiration and Business Engagement at John Smeaton Academy

Schools in England have a duty to secure independent careers guidance for all students in Years 8-13 which inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential. 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. At John Smeaton Academy we believe that this should start before students arrive at the school so begin this journey by providing opportunities for our partner primary schools so that they are ready for further careers education on arrival in Year 7. Through our Careers and Business Engagement programme, we encourage our students to develop a broader understanding of the world of work, raise aspirations and to explore a broad range of careers and opportunities provided by our business partners both in the school setting and out there in the world of work. This is enhanced by curricular provision which includes specific Resilience lessons in Year 7 and careers guidance in Years 8 and 9 via the PSHE curriculum.

The programme at John Smeaton Academy is partnered with:

  • The Ahead Partnership
  • Leeds City Council – Education Business Partners
  • Engaging Education

Louise Graham, our Careers Advisor is available to see pupils 3 days per week and is based in the Academy. She has access to a wide range of careers in4formation and ICT careers programmes, and is on hand to advise students before and after school and during break and lunch time. Louise also attends parents and options events. Students are offered individual careers guidance interviews, which are arranged on an appointment system during the school day. Louise can be contacted on 0113 8313904 or by emailing



Careers Programme – Summary of provision

Domestic Violence and Abuse School Notification Project

Make The Grade

Make the Grade – Impact Snapshot 2015-16

Proposed Programme for Academic Year 2016/17

As part of Make the Grade you will receive the following:

  • A dedicated Project Coordinator to manage your activities and programme.
  • An end of year impact report to inform you of what impact the programme has had on your students.
  • An invite to the Make the Grade Annual Event. This is a chance to network, share experiences and learn more about what other Make the Grade schools and businesses have been involved in.

Year 6 Summer School

Students who attended the Summer School were involved in planned sessions, exploring and discussing careers, aspirations and british values.

Please refer to the Development plan below to view how the Academy seeks to ensure that throughout a students time at JSA Careers Guidance is both varied and thorough.

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Useful Pages

Application and Interview Guides
Careers by Subject
Careers by Occupation
Further Education
Higher Education
 CEIAG Policy



Find jobs that match their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences.
Understand what different careers are like, including earning potential and the qualifications required to get in.
Search live, local apprenticeship opportunities matched to their areas of interest.
See which businesses are recruiting in their area in order to understand local employment demand when making decisions about careers.

To register, go to:
Please use the code 37643


START – for Parents

For more information on Start or the careers guidance available at John Smeaton Academy, please contact Ms Louise Graham, Careers Adviser.

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