Careers Advice

Airedale Academy is committed to providing high quality careers education advice and guidance which supports learners in developing an awareness of their skills, talents and areas of interest. We endeavour to help students with their career paths, supporting them to make informed choices about their future.

Our work experience programmes are designed to offer students a real insight into the world of work, and during their time at Airedale learners take part in a wide range of activities that encourage them to be reflective about their skills and ambitions, and what they hope to achieve after leaving Airedale Academy.

We want our learners to have the skills they will need to succeed in the world of work by instilling in them the value of independent learning and research through a programme of Form Time activities in Years 7-11. Information, advice and guidance is offered to students in Year 8 when making GCSE Option Choices. Parents and carers are then invited to school for Options Evening before final choices are made.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement to further their understanding of the world of work. For many, this serves as an important opportunity for gaining an insight into working life and exploring the transferability of skills learnt at school.

Off-site visits and taster days are arranged for students to help them make informed choices about their next steps. In Year 10 all students can sign up for taster days with Pontefract New College and Wakefield College.

Careers education and guidance is delivered by the school Careers Adviser through one to one careers interviews and PHSE activities with Years 7 to 13. Form tutors, teaching and support staff all play a key part in raising aspirations and helping students achieve their goals.

Students are exposed to information and advice from a range of sources including speakers from local colleges, universities and training providers. Links with local industry and employers are being developed to ensure that students and their parents/ carers are aware of local job opportunities.

As a result of Raising the Participation age (RPA) all school leavers need to continue in further education or training until the age of 18. RPA does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16.

This could be through:

  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part-time education or training;
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship (more information available at

In Year 11 students are supported through one to one guidance and help from Form Tutors to make Post-16 choices and applications. Applications are made in the autumn term, online through UCAS Progress: On this site there is further information for Parents and Carers; see ‘Help and Support’

Should you have any further questions do not hesitate to get in touch with school .

You can find a copy of our Provider Access policy here