Unsworth Academy

Careers At Unsworth

Here’s an outline of our Careers Programme for 2019-20. If you require any further information about the Careers Programme, please contact Mr T Orrell (Lead for Careers)

Year 7 Residential

A super three day residential giving the new Year 7’s an opportunity to develop their key life skills in preparation for successful secondary school life and their future world of work. Skills developed include confidence building, interpersonal skills, being resilience when challenged, meeting new people and tackling new challenges.

University Visit - History

Year 9 and 11 learners experience a day in the life of a University student at Manchester Metropolitan University. This includes lecture style presentations relating to their GCSE History course, advice and guidance on Careers relating to History, as well as the opportunity to explore the campus and speak to undergraduates. Learners are inspired to consider applying for university in the future.

Barclays Lifeskills Programme

Castlebrook was the first high school in Bury to sign up for this programme and make the most of this amazing opportunity. Working alongside Barclays, the programme aims to raise the aspirations of an identified cohort of learners through a programme of out of school activities designed to:

Explore Personal Strengths
Develop 21st Century Skills
Inspire an enterprising mindset
Develop Financial Capability
Develop CV and Interview skills
Provide Group mentoring and Mock Interviews

Barclays Lifeskills Programme

Castlebrook was the first high school in Bury to sign up for this programme and make the most of this amazing opportunity. Working alongside Barclays, the programme aims to raise the aspirations of an identified cohort of learners through a programme of out of school activities designed to:

Explore Personal Strengths
Develop 21st Century Skills
Inspire an enterprising mindset
Develop Financial Capability
Develop CV and Interview skills
Provide Group mentoring and Mock Interviews

Introduction to Apprenticeships

Led by an outside speaker from Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network, this Summer term event is aimed at year 10 learners and aims to raise the awareness of Apprenticeships and the variety of Careers in which they are available.

NCS Programme launch

During the autumn term, colleagues from the National Citizen Service (NCS) speak to all our Year 11’s and give them an insight into their fantastic programme, which takes place in the summer after the GCSE examinations have been completed. NCS is an experience designed to make year 11’s feel challenged, engaged and empowered.

The four-phase programme is just the beginning of an exciting journey that will give them the confidence and skills needed to seize an incredible future.
The four phases are adventure, discovery, social action and celebration. (For more information please use this link https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/summer)

The programme is subsidised by the government; hence the cost is only £50. However, this is still a significant amount of money, so financial assistance is available if needed.

Inspire to Aspire Programme

This inspirational programme is run in partnership with Salford Foundation and JD Sports. The sessions include activities about the world of work and the skills that the learners will need in the future. The programme involves six one hour mentoring sessions, spread over a six week period. At the end of these sessions they visit the JD Sports Distribution Centre in Rochdale to see in action the variety of careers and job opportunities available within their workforce.

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Year 8 Future Pathways Evening

This highly informative evening takes place during the Spring term and outlines the curriculum plan for year 8’s as they prepare to move to years 9, 10 and 11. The Careers fair runs on the same evening, giving learners and parents/carers another opportunity to explore the post 16 pathways available to them with stands and speakers from a range of post 16 providers.

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Year 9 Careers Speed Dating

This highly motivational event provides a fantastic opportunity for year 9’s to listen to speakers from a variety of post-16 providers, including colleges, apprenticeships, local businesses, public services, etc. The providers will specifically highlight what they offer, the qualifications required and the opportunity for Career progression within their establishment. During this event learners will “speed date” at least 10 different types of provision. Within this time they will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the different career pathways on offer.

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Assemblies from Post 16 providers

At the start of the academic year and during year 10 and 11 assembly time, representatives from the five main local colleges (Bury College, Holy Cross, Salford College, Bolton College and Hopwood Hall) come into school and present an overview of the post-16 qualifications they offer, how to apply and application deadlines.

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College Applications

Following on from the Post 16 provider assemblies, year 11 learners are fully supported by their form mentors and heads of house to complete their college applications. Miss Ross and Mr Zubair run dinnertime sessions for any year 11 learners who require additional support.

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Mock Interview Day

All Year 11 learners have a Mock Interview conducted by members of the academy council and leaders from local businesses, e.g. Barclays. Prior to their mock interview, all learners are guided to prepare a CV as well as practice their interview skills in their PSHCEE lessons. At the end of the interview, time is allocated to provide feedback to the learners, which they will take on board in preparation for their actual college interview(s).

GCSE Support Evening

Again aimed at year 11, this event takes place early in the Spring term and is a follow on from the ‘Flying Start Evening’. The evening covers the preparation needed to be successful in the GCSE examinations and highlights all the support in place for the learners. The evening also covers the transition process to post 16 education, employment or training.

Science Week – STEM Activities

Led by the Science department as part of the national Science week, we offer an exciting week of assemblies and class activities, which promote the diverse post 16 careers available within the field of Science.

Year 8 World of Work Day

This provides Year 8 learners with a great opportunity to listen to speakers from a variety of post-16 providers, including local colleges, apprenticeships, local businesses, public services, etc. The learners find out about at least 8 different types of post 16 provision. Within this time they will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the different career pathways on offer.

Year 8 and 9 Careers Fair

A wide range of post 16 providers, including Colleges, apprenticeships, local businesses, public services, are present at the fair which continues the thought process for post 16 provision, if not already started, enabling learners and parents/carers to gather information and ask questions about future careers pathways.

SET Graduation Ceremony Keele University

This event provides a fantastic opportunity for an identified cohort of learners to experience what it feels like to graduate from university, complete with cap and gown. The purpose is to reward learners in year 8 for the progress they have made so far, as well as encourage them to continue to work hard and aspire to take up a place at university in the future.

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Year 10 Motivational Guest Speaker

This year Adam Corbally – Ex-Apprentice Finalist took our Year 10’s on a thought provoking and inspirational journey back to his school days, and the difficulties he had to overcome, some of his own making, and some not, in order to succeed in his future career.

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Year 11 Flying Start Evening

At the start of September, all Year 11’s and their Parents/Carers are invited to the ‘Flying Start Evening’. The purpose of the evening is to outline the key milestones in the academic year ahead all the way through to their Summer term GCSE exams, as well as prepare them for their post 16 education, employment or training.

Apprenticeship Workshop

This Spring term event is aimed at Year 11’s who are considering an Apprenticeship. Ably supported by a member of the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network team, the workshop enables the learners to log onto the apprenticeship website to see the apprenticeships available as well as understand the application process.

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College Interviews

The majority of interviews take place out of school hours at the college of the learner’s choice. However, some colleges do prefer to conduct the interviews at Castlebrook, e.g. Pendleton College.

Careers Programme Calendar

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7 ProgrammeYear 7 ResidentialScience Week – STEM Activities20th-22nd November 2019
Year 8 ProgrammeInspire to Aspire Programme -cohort 1Science Week – STEM Activities.
World of Work Day
Year 8 Future Pathways Evening
Careers Fair
Inspire to Aspire Programme- cohort 2 & 3
Inspire to Aspire Programme –cohort 4
Year 9 ProgrammeInspire to Aspire Programme – cohort 1Careers Speed Dating
Careers Fair
Science Week – STEM Activities
Inspire to Aspire Programme-cohort 2 & 3
University Visit- History
Inspire to Aspire Programme –cohort 4
Year 10 ProgrammeBarclays Lifeskills Programme – Enterprise Skills
SET Graduation – Keele University
Duke of Edinburgh
Barclays Lifeskills Programme
Science Week – STEM Activities
Motivational Guest Speaker
Duke of Edinburgh
Barclays Lifeskills Programme
Duke of Edinburgh
Introduction to Apprenticeships
Careers Advisor meetings
Bury College Taster Day
Year 11 ProgrammeAssemblies from Post 16 providers
College Applications
Mock Interview Day
Year 11 Flying Start Evening
Careers Advisor meetings
NCS Programme launch
GCSE Support Evening
University Visit- History
Careers Advisor meetings
Apprenticeship Workshop
College Interviews
College Interviews
NCS Programme begins after the GCSE Exams

GCSE Results 2019

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Entering EBacc

EBacc Average Points Score

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Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSE

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Maths 4+ (Standard Pass)

Progress 8 Score

Attainment 8 Score

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% Staying in Education or Entering Employment

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English 4+ (Standard Pass)

Get In Touch

Location: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane, Bury. BL9 8LP

Telephone: 0161 796 9820

Email: information@unsworth.shaw-education.org.uk

For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager

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Unsworth Academy collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Unsworth Academy is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is The Lodge Wolstanton High, Milehouse Lane, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, ST5 9JU. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy: natalie.kennedy@shaw-education.org.uk.

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