Careers and Pathways Programme

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 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.

Ark Alumni Join now

Ark has launched an alumni programme which will enable former pupils to keep in touch with their old school, inspire other pupils, be an Ark ambassador and network with other former students. After completing their GCSEs, our Year 11 students can join the online platform and download the app which offers a wide range of benefits and resources. With over 5,000 former Ark students, the programme can support ex students by providing financial assistance, help to develop skills, and provide an invaluable peer network. It can also assist in finding graduate jobs, internships and apprenticeships with over 300 of the world’s top employers

In addition, Ark Alumni is offering a number of students work experience this summer, where you could gain valuable marketing, communications and program design skills and experience, and help to further develop the platform. You will also be able to engage with your peers in contributing and expanding the community.

Every student is offered a chance to sign up when they collect their GCSE results. To stay connected go to the Ark Alumni site, fill in the online form and submit. Your request will be approved within 24 hours and you will receive an email with a link to activate your profile. You can also download the mobile app, and log int to access resources and opportunities and post on the platform.
If you are interested in this then please click here

Careers Overview 21-22.pdf

Pathways and Enrichment Policy - March 2020-March 2022.pdf

Baker Clause Policy Statement for Schools SEPT 21-22.pdf


Dr Aslam, Head of Y12 at Ark St Albans, presenting to Year 11s at Ark Victoria.

Rubi Sarang - Enterprise Adviser 

Careers, Opportunities and Apprenticeships Event - 3rd November 2021

Please click here to see more information on an upcoming Careers, Opportunities and Apprenticeships Event: CAREERS EVENT NOV 2021.pdf

Careers Service

Our careers service offers the following:

  • Online resources about a wide range of career opportunities
  • A focus on choices for Year 8
  • A focus on choices after Year 11 - further and higher education, sixth form, apprenticeships and employment. Help with the application process and CVs
  • Support for individual students (and their parents) to discuss training and career possibilities and requirements
  • Workshops, presentations and career events with support from external organisations

For advice and support please see your YLM who will signpost you to the most appropriate person.


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. 

Helpful Links

UCAS Progress



Science career pathways

Careers box

National careers service

Careers advice for parents

Future Learn Choices

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Career Pilot

Skills Route

Buisness Birmingham