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.

Information, advice and guidance is offered to students at key transition points including in Year 8 when making GCSE Option Choices.  Parents and carers are invited to school for Options Evening before final choices are made.

Students are further supported in plans for when they leave school during Year 10 and 11 with information and advice around their Post 16 options. They also have the benefit of attending college taster days prior to making applications.

A wider programme of activities from Year 7 – 11 is also provided which include the school careers fair, mock interviews, university visits, enterprise days, workplace visits, assemblies with speakers from different industries and careers lessons within the Student Wellbeing curriculum.

Careers Advice and Guidance extends to our students in 6th form who complete a Progression Module and receive support around next steps to university, theatre schools or apprenticeships.


At Airedale Academy we are keen to raise aspirations for our students to consider Higher Education as a possibility for them.  Currently with the support of Go Higher West Yorkshire we are providing students with a wide range of opportunities such as university visits, taster days, enterprise activities and projects with local employers.

This programme is led in school by Mrs Heptinstall. For more information see Go Higher West Yorkshire


As a school we are continually building links with businesses in the local area to inform and inspire our students about job opportunities. Supporting us with this, and especially with opportunities in the Construction Industry, is our Enterprise Adviser Graham Ratcliffe from Northern Regeneration.


Locally and nationally there continues to be a demand for people with skills and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  STEM Careers are promoted widely through a range of activities in school and we have links with Wakefield College who offer inspirational activities in their STEM Plus Programme.


The Careers programme at Airedale is evaluated annually and will be reviewed at the end of the academic year July 2019. Feedback from students is used to help us further develop our careers programme and to make sure that this is having a positive impact.  .


In the last academic year 2016/2017, 93% of Year 11 Leavers progressed into Further Education or Employment with Training.


Watch this space for updates on our 2018 leavers!


The Careers Leader in school is Mrs T Chambers and the Careers Adviser is Mrs J Sergeant.

If you wish to get in touch please contact the school direct on 01977 664555 or email by following this link


Information for Students

Options at 16 FAQ’s

Options after Year 11 - FAQ


Exploring Career Ideas?  Here are some useful websites to get you started.

Try the Buzz Quiz for to find out what kind of jobs could suit you. 

Search the video library to hear stories of how people got to where they are today.

Career Pilot

A great place to start for information about your option choices, apprenticeships, university,  jobs and careers.


Use this website for information about options when you leave school.  You can also use this to search and apply for courses at college or university.

Get in go far

The National Apprenticeships website; this is where you can find out more about apprenticeships and also search and apply for apprenticeships with local businesses.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Take a look at Vacancy Snapshot to keep an eye on vacancies coming up with big national companies.


Jobs, Opportunities and Growing Industries in Yorkshire

Are you looking for careers advice or inspiration?  Why not take a look at the Yorkshire and Humber Careers Service on this link  

Careers Y and H . 

Find out more about job opportunities in your local area. There are guides to different areas of work in everything from construction, to hospitality and health and social care.

Here you will also find help with applying for jobs, applications forms, CV’s, interviews etc.

Also, you will find ideas and inspiration for jobs and careers on this link Moving on Magazine


Future Goals is a new website with information about exciting opportunities and growing industries in our region.

Future Goals


Click here for a list of Open Events at local colleges and 6th Forms in 2018 – 19.

Open Days 2018-19


How can I get help in school?

Year 11 students will be seen for guidance both in small groups and one to to one, however any student in school can request an appointment with the school Careers Adviser, Jo Sergeant.  She is available in school three days a week based in the Careers Office next to classroom L36.

Appointments can be requested in person or through a member of staff e.g. Form Tutor or Head of Year who can make a referral.


Information for Parents and Carers

At Airedale Academy we recognise that parents / carers also need information and advice to help support their children through the process of making choices about their future.

Events such as our annual Careers Fair and Choices at 16 Evening are open to parents / carers and actively encourage parents to attend!

Appointments can be made available with the school careers adviser on request.  Please contact the school office in the first instance via email

Here are a couple of websites with information about Post 16 choices, apprenticeships, university, making job applications etc.

Parental Guidance

Another website which has information aimed at parents / carers is Career Pilot.  See the ‘Parent Zone’ section!

Parent Zone