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Mary Rose Academy

Careers Education


At Mary Rose Academy our careers information is relevant for parents, carers and their young person.

Mary Rose Academy is open to working with local employers in a range of capacities which include the offer of our students completing work experience and visits from local employers to work in school alongside our students.

At Mary Rose Academy, we provide opportunities for our students to gain work experience in the community. Students have opportunities to work in The Collective and The Café Collective which are two businesses run in conjunction with Redwood Park and City of Portsmouth College. We also have a close relationship with Shaping Portsmouth and have local business mentors working with our students in their businesses to design and produce products as part of the Shaped by Solent project each year.



At Mary Rose Academy we aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage pupils to spend time with their families and the multi-agency team to consider their options Post 16 and Post 19. Through careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) it is hoped that pupils will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to continue their education Post 16 and Post 19.  We aim to ensure a high quality of vocational and careers education for our young people with special educational needs, to be delivered in a meaningful and appropriate way for their needs and circumstances.  Through person centred planning with the Education, Health and Care Plans at the centre, we support our pupils to articulate their aspirations for adult life. 

In particular we aim for our pupils to:  

  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making good choices.
  • Develop their understanding of employability skills and how to enhance these and evidence them at interview and discussions with Post 16 and Post 19 providers.

 Statutory requirements and recommendations

The careers provision at Mary Rose is in line with the statutory guidance developed by the Department for Education, which refers to Section 42A and 45A of the Education Act 1997. This states that all schools should provide independent careers guidance from Years 8 -13 and that this guidance should:

  • be impartial
  • include information on a range of pathways, including apprenticeships
  • be adapted to the needs of the pupil

In addition, the school is compliant with the careers guidance that the government set out for delivery from 5 January 2018: ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools.’ This states that all schools must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Further information relating to this is set out later in this document, under Provider Access

The school measures the impact of the careers programme through Compass. Compass helps you evaluate careers activity against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  It is available for secondary schools, special schools, sixth forms, PRUs and colleges in England.

Compass helps us to…

  • Evaluate careers activity in as little as 30 minutes
  • Compare the school's progress to each of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Identify areas for improvement, with resources to help you get there
  • Use the result as the basis for the careers plan for the year 


 The Governing Body and staff are committed to:  

  • The provision of resources and advice to enable pupils to understand and    develop career choices and to ensure that careers education is seen as part of the overall curriculum and learning framework for all years.
  • Encouraging pupils to achieve and be ambitious.
  • Involving pupils, parents and carers in the further development of careers work.
  • Working with outside agencies so that no pupil is disadvantaged in gaining access to education, training or work.

Chair of Governors - Christine Budd


Careers education includes both education and guidance. Careers education helps our pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into college or work. Through guidance, pupils are able to use their knowledge and skills to make decisions about learning and work that are right for them.  

Careers Education is delivered through the PSHE programme for Years 7-9 and the Preparation for Adulthood programme for Years 10 and 11 and 12-14.

Year 7 and 8 Pupils focus on developing their self-awareness, identifying their strengths, their skills and their areas for development.  Pupils begin to explore the world of work through their PSHE lessons as well as through visitors coming into school and visits into their local community 
Year 9 Pupils consider their longer term aspirations for the future and express this through their Education, Health and Care Plans at their transition reviews.  This sets the structure and plans for the next key stage.  
Year 10 Pupils take part in the Preparation for Adulthood (PFA) programme through which they develop a full understanding of their personal strengths and interests as well as their ability to communicate their views and make considered choices.  Pupils also take part in the 2 year Life Management course that helps to prepare them for next steps.  Pupils have the opportunity to take part in work related learning through on-site work experience activities, enterprise projects and community projects.
Year 11 Year 11 take part in the 2 year programme described above.  In addition they have opportunities to engage in off-site work experience placements as appropriate.  They spend time in Mary Rose 6th Form to gain an understanding of opportunities Post 16 and to prepare for transition. 
Year 12 to 14 The programme builds on the experiences pupils have had in KS4.  Pupils continue to follow the Preparation for Adulthood (PFA) curriculum and there is a strong focus on the development of skills for independence and communication.  There is a comprehensive system in place to support pupils and their families to understand and make choices about the opportunities Post 19 whether in FE College or the offer available through social care. 


Additional Information

For enquiries please contact:
Kate Buckingham
Phone: 023 9285 2330
The careers information is reviewed in July each academic year