Intent:  To develop responsible, respectful and confident individuals who will provide a positive contribution to society in life after Grace Academy. Our careers curriculum exposes learners to local, national and global markets, and meaningful encounters that build employability skills to aid successful transitions into positive destinations.

Grace Academy Aims:

Throughout student’s time at GAS, they will receive a range of workshops and experiences to support them in making important decisions about their future and next steps, whether it be further education at Post 16 GAS or college, apprenticeships and training, university or employment.

The Careers Information Education Advice and guidance will begin in year 7 and supports students through to year 11 and 13 when they leave Grace Academy. Our students will take part in 1:1 or group interventions and will receive career interviews from a careers advisor, learn how to create an employable CV, visit universities, gain support with apprenticeship choices, broaden their knowledge on UCAS applications and participate in business run assessment days. Grace Academy Solihull also works very closely with START, an online career platform. Students can explore their future careers and education options within school or at home with their personal logins. Our programme is designed to enable young people to make excellent choices about their futures and inspire them throughout their time at Grace Academy. Our stable career provision links well to the Gatsby Benchmarks and we aim to address the needs of each student through the personal profiles.

The Career Lead for GAS:

Mrs Louise Knight – Head of Year 11:  01213294600

ALT link – Mrs Kelly Williams

Governor link – Mr Grant Kearns

Student Entitlement:

All students in years 7-13 at Grace Academy are entitled to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of our careers programme which provides information on a range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including education and apprenticeships.
  • Understand how to make applications for a full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities and Action Plan:

A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school and speak to students and/or their parents/carers:

All students at Grace Academy will experience an outstanding careers programme which is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our students.  Our careers programme will ensure students will be equipped with the skills, confidence and knowledge to prepare them for life after Grace Academy.  They are encouraged to aspire for success and aim for excellence and to achieve their full potential and will leave the academy with a clear direction of their career plan.

Please see our Careers Curriculum Map by clicking the link below.

Careers Curriculum map

GA Provider Access Statement

Help your child explore their future career and education options at home by encouraging them to use Start – a fantastic online careers learning resource. Start is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices, and is designed to enable young people to make excellent choices about their futures.

Start allows young people to:

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

A Guide to using Start can be found in the link below

Guide to using Start

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. We have built Grace Academy’s Careers Strategy around the eight Benchmarks.

With our current provision in place and measures to further develop our provision Grace Academy will meet the “Gatsby Benchmarks”, by the end of 2020 set out by the Department for Education.

Our strategy outlines our whole school approach to delivering Careers guidance to all of our learners throughout their journey through education.

Careers activities will take place across Y7 through to Y13.

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

Start mapped to the Gatsby benchmarks

Inspiring Students To Create Their Own Vision Of Success

We don’t believe careers guidance starts and finishes with a one-off interview in the careers office, it is ongoing and U‑Explore/Start is there for the whole journey.

Introductory videos about Start are below:

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If you or your child have not already registered, go to and use the code [SOLIHULL]

For more information on Start or the careers guidance in place at Grace Academy Solihull, please contact: or visit


If you forget your password Please contact: or Please DO NOT register an extra account.

Grace Academy Careers Advisor

U-Explore also provide Grace Academy with a fully qualified, independent and impartial Careers Advisor.

  • One to one and group guidance
  • Help with UCAS applications
  • Help securing and making the most of work experience
  • Providing alternative options to University
  • Helping students prepare for the world of work (CVs, interviews, making a good impression in the workplace

Links and Policies:

Useful websites for both students and parents who would like to research careers further: Please click icons below for relevant websites.

Other policies:

Safeguarding policy

Curriculum policy

Monitoring CEIAG:

The school’s arrangements for managing the access of CEIAG and training providers to students is monitored by Mrs Louise Knight – Careers Lead.

Our Careers policy will be reviewed by Mrs Kelly Williams annually. At every review, the policy will be approved by Mr Darren Gelder and Mr Grant Kearns