Eaton Bank Academy

Eaton Bank Academy Careers Programme and Information

The main aim of careers education at Eaton Bank Academy is to equip students to be able to make the best decisions for their future careers.  This includes:

To inform and educate students about the range of different opportunities and careers paths available in the current labour market, including Further and Higher Education options and apprenticeships.

To provide students with experiences from the world of work, for example opportunities to meet and learn from employers in school, or trips to universities and work places so students can explore their skills,  interests and abilities, and develop those ready for the workplace.

To support and guide students to make the right choices for their future by providing careers interviews and advice.

The Careers Programme

The majority of careers education occurs during the PSHE programme and ‘off timetable’ days. We do however also have careers input through assemblies, trips and visits, competitions, small group talks and seminars and integrated into the curriculum.  Leadership opportunities such as the ambassador programme support students with the opportunities and experiences to develop key work related skills, such as leadership and team building.

We regularly have outside providers coming into school to present to students and deliver these sessions.  In recent years we have had Siemens, Barclays, Bentley, Lloyds Bank, Young Enterprise, Flowcrete, Vauxhall, the Armed Forces visiting school to offer careers and work related themed sessions to our students. We would welcome requests from providers to visit us (see EBA Careers Provider Access Policy) and the attached letter requesting support from parents, alumni and friends and members of the wider EBA school community.

Below is the fixed Careers Programme which forms the core careers experience for our students.


Year 11 September

CV preparation and interview skills session












Apprenticeship Conference:

A half day conference learning about apprenticeships and meeting








December Careers Carousel session:

Students meet a variety of people who explain their career paths and current occupations


Delivered by various providers





Careers Fayre:

Macclesfield Town Hall:

An opportunity for students to meet local regional and national employers







Mock Interviews Session:

Students are interviewed for an imaginary Saturday job


Delivered by various providers





Formal Interview with independent careers advisor

Dr Anne Rowe: during year 11

Year 10 December

CV preparation and interview skills session:


Delivered by


Job Centre




Work experience:

(optional voluntary)

Ongoing throughout year self-placed





eCLIPS website lesson :students explore the careers website


Finance session:

Managing money


Delivered by


Carole Penney : the Money Charity



Year 9 July

Encounter with a workplace session:

Outside providers support our students in a range of leadership and problem solving activities


Delivered by Vauxhall



Year 8 January

Options session:

Students explore options and link those to future careers


Delivered by Young Enterprise



‘ Icould ‘session: students explore the website and test themselves for suitability for careers


Finance session:

Managing money









Year 7 October

Guess My Career session:

Students meet mystery guests and guess their careers.


Delivered by outside providers



All About Me session:Students explore their interests, skills and abilities

Charity ExperienceFundraising :BHF ‘skipathon’ 




The Careers Team

Mrs S. Bailey

Careers Officer


Organises work experience placements

Organises careers interviews with Dr Rowe

Organises work related activities/speakers/events

Tweets career vacancies
Mrs S. Gurbuz

Head of Careers Education


Plans careers in the  curriculum and specific events
Dr A. Rowe

Changing Education


Independent careers advisor ; provides formal interview for students during yr11 Changing Education –

contact through school


Preparing For Your Careers Interview yr11

A formal careers interview with an independent careers advisor supports the statutory requirements of careers education in schools.  Students will be given one interview in yr11 and may request a follow up one in yr12 or 13, if required.

Parents may request to attend the interview and should contact the school before hand to make arrangements.

Students should prepare for the interview to get the best out of it by completing their CV, and broadly researching possible career paths and choices, for example with the eCLIPS website.  This will make the interview more focussed.

The school subscribes to the eCLIPS website to support students with careers choices.    This is free of charge. It is a ‘one stop careers shop’ which as information on careers and subject choices, labour market statistics, current live vacancies and requirements. www.eclips–    password : CW12 1NT ( our school postcode). Other websites available are:           ( government websites )

Where to Find Information about Careers at EBA, such as Vacancies and Events

For students :

  • Form tutor notices
  • Careers board outside the LRC
  • Careers Library within the LRC including university prospectuses and information
  • Ask the team

For parents and students :

  • Vacancies are ‘tweeted’ on the website
  • Website pages
  • eCLIPS online

For providers :

  • Website pages

See Career Provider Access Policy

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