Ark Victoria Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

Ark Victoria Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Victoria Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Victoria Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Mr M. Nandi - email m.nandi@arkvictoria.org with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

For questions on this or Ark Victoria Academy’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Mr M Nandi.

Link to our Careers programme:  Careers Overview 21-22.pdf
Pathways and Enrichment Policy: March 2020-March 2022.pdf

Please read a letter from Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Further and Higher Education, to students and parents about the education, training and work choices available to young people after they finish their GCSEs, to coincide with National Careers Week 2022: Letter to parents, carers and guardians

Meet our Team

Name Title Main responsibilities 
Mr Brown Deputy Headteacher for Culture and Outcomes To oversee character development within the school.
Mr Nandi Assistant Headteacher for KS4 achievement and Pathways To be the strategic lead of all student destinations and careers engagement.
Birmingham Careers Servixe  Guidance Advisor To offer 1:1 interviews to all students with a qualified careers advisor.
Ms McPhilimey SENDCo Ensuring that all SEN students engage fully with the careers programme.
Rubi Sarang Enterprise Adviser To liaise with Careers lead to ensure that the business community provides experiences for students of the world of work.

Destination information:

Confirmed Destinations Data 19/20

Institution

Number

A-level

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Ark St Alban's Academy

12

9

2

1

BMetC - Birmingham Metropolitan College - Generic - All Sites

7

2

1

3

1

Cadbury Sixth Form College

4

2

1

1

Fairfax School

1

1

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College (JCC)

48

13

14

21

SCCB - South & City College - Generic - All Sites

8

3

5

Solihull College - Blossomfield Campus**

20

12

8

King Edward VI Aston School

1

1

King Edward VI Five Ways School

1

1

King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy

1

1

Solihull Sixth Form College

14

9

3

2

Swanshurst School

2

2

The University of Birmingham School

7

7

Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst

1

1

Tudor Grange School

1

1

Other

1

1

Total

129

50

21

43

15

Percentage

38.80%

16.20%

33.30%

11.60%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y11s who left our school in July 2020, 38.8% went on to study A-levels, 16.2% went on to study a level 3 course, 33.3% went on to study a level 2 course and 11.6% went on to study a level 1 course. 

51.1% of pupils went on to study at an outstanding provider, 38.8% went on to study at a good provider therefore 89.9% of pupils went to either an outstanding or a good provider.  5.4% of pupils went to a requires improvement provider and 4.7% of pupils went to a provider where OFSTED have not inspected the school (new provider). 

Provisional Destinations Data 20/21

Institution

Number

A-level

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Access Creative College

2

2

Ark St Alban's Academy

2

1

1

Aston University Engineering Academy

2

1

1

BMetC - Birmingham Metropolitan College - Generic - All Sites

10

1

3

5

1

Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form

1

1

Cadbury Sixth Form College

17

10

4

3

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

1

1

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

1

1

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College (JCC)

24

8

11

5

Sandwell College

1

1

SCCB - South & City College - Generic - All Sites

15

2

10

3

Solihull College - Blossomfield Campus**

14

1

6

6

1

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

1

1

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

1

1

Solihull Sixth Form College

23

17

6

The University of Birmingham School

6

6

University College Birmingham

4

2

2

Other - international

1

1

Other - apprenticeship

1

1

NEET

3

Total

130

51

39

32

5

Percentage

39.20%

30,0%

24.60%

3.80%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y11s who left our school in July 2021, the provisional data indicates that 39.2% went on to study A-levels, 30.0% went on to study a level 3 course, 24.6% went on to study a level 2 course, 3.8% went on to study a level 1 course and 2.3% are NEET.

23.1% of pupils went on to study at an outstanding provider, 50% went on to study at a good provider therefore 73.1% of pupils went to either an outstanding or a good provider.  10% of pupils went to a requires improvement provider and 14.6% of pupils went to a provider where OFSTED have not inspected the school (new provider). 

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Careers Guidance:

Our careers service offers the following:

  • A full careers programme from EYFS to Y11.
  • Dedicated careers guidance officer, who is level 6 trained in offering impartial and tailored advice to Y11.
  • Pupils using Unifrog – our dedicated online platform for Destinations.
  • A focus on choices after Year 11 - further and higher education, sixth form, apprenticeships and employment. 
  • Support with the application process and CVs.
  • Workshops, presentations and career events with support from external organisations.
  • Additional support and workshops for our most vulnerable pupils.

Rubi Sarang - Enterprise Adviser

 

Links to support careers:

National Careers Service: 

They provide careers information, advice and guidance. They can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages of your career.

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ 

eCLIPS: 

eCLIPS is an easy-to-use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. The site also offers advice on topics relating to options at key stages, education and training, employability skills, job seeking and lifestyle choices.

Unifrog:

Unifrog holds the world's biggest database of Post 16 and Post 18 opportunities. Every pathway is covered – from A-levels, BTEC to Traineeships and Apprenticeships. 

https://www.unifrog.org/ 

Please see this presentation on what Unifrog is: Parent Launch Presentation.pdf

Other useful links: 
UCAS Progress
Icould
Science career pathways
Careers advice for parents
Future Learn Choices
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Career Pilot
Skills Route