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Expert careers guidance is a core pillar at Hinckley Academy, allowing our students to raise their aspirations and be supported to explore destinations they had never even considered before. Our most important aim is to support, guide and advise students in order to make them confident, independent and able to make well-informed, realistic careers decisions. Our careers programme ensures students leave us prepared for the world of work, higher education or apprenticeships.

Providing Outstanding Careers Guidance for All Students 

We provide impartial guidance and advice on further education, training or employment across KS3 and KS4 and involve many outside agencies such as employers and education providers. We strive to inspire and motivate our students in all year groups in order to fulfil their potential. The academy adheres to the Careers Strategy and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks in order to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers, this is done whilst reflecting Hinckley Academy’s ethos of ‘Students First, It’s About Learning, No Barriers’.

Hinckley Academy provides a safe and secure environment where all students can flourish, where everyone is treated in a fair and consistent manner and all careers related information will be open to all students irrespective of age and sex, to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Our Careers Leader is Ms Pathan and our Careers Advisor is Ms Thompson.  If you have any queries about careers, higher education or work experience please contact him on 01455 632183 or / 


How we Assess Impact

How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme

Hinckley Academy works closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Careers Hub. This is an external organisation that supports us to develop and strengthen our careers education strategy across the whole school.

At Hinckley Academy we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute Framework as a foundation when planning our Careers programme. The effectiveness of our provision is reviewed by the LLEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Plus Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice.

This ensures the development of our careers strategy is ongoing. Hinckley Academy is a member of the LLEP Careers Hub. We will benchmark our schools against the Gatsby Benchmarks once a term.

In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences in our stakeholder evaluation group. Hinckley Academy will also be holding an annual Future Skills Questionnaire with the scholars during their transition years so that the programme has a youth voice.

Why we evaluate – This careers programme is evaluated every year to assess its efficacy and areas for improvement. Key stakeholders (students, parents, teachers and employers) provide feedback on their participation in activities via questionnaires, surveys and focus groups throughout the year. We use the evidence collected to inform continuous improvement of the programme.

How we evaluate – Hinckley Academy evaluate the career programme through student and parent voice and focus groups.

The school careers leader combines their own knowledge, evidence and information with feedback from parents, carers and students and provides a short report with recommendations to SLT towards the end of the summer term.

What we evaluate
Stakeholder Feedback – We review samples of stakeholder feedback collected using various methods after activities, events and experiences
Implementation – We review what was actually delivered against the programme of planned activity and how well it went.
Impact -We measure key performance indicators linked directly to our vision and desired outcomes for our students


Are you a former student from our school?  We’d love to hear your story and perhaps feature you on our website or invite you to call back to our school and talk about your career pathway.  Please do get in touch!

01455 632183 or 

Leicestershire's Labour Market

We think Leicester and Leicestershire is an amazing place to live and work.   As one of the most vibrant areas in the East Midlands there is a lot to shout about.  In this section we will start to share information about different industry sectors, careers pathways, types of jobs and lots more for both parents/carers and students.

Quick fact… did you know in Leicester and Leicestershire over 99% of local businesses are micro (0-9 staff), small (10-49 staff) or medium enterprises (who employ 50 to 249 staff). 

If that sounds interesting, you could visit the World of Work website which has much more information on the local labour market with easy-to-read facts and figures.

Download: Labour Market Area Profile

Download: Latest Labour Market Information 


KS3 Careers Journey

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Developing skills and aspirations

  • How to develop student leadership skills

Community and careers

  • How to work collaboratively and communicate confidently
  • How to set goals
  • How to plan to achieve targets
  • What career opportunities are available


  • About equality of opportunity in life and work and
    challenging stereotypes in the work place

What shall I be?

  • What different career paths there are
  • What sort of qualifications do you need to access different careers

Choices and pathways

  • About different career pathways in relation to GCSEs and further qualifications
  • Setting targets and planning how to reach them

Employment rights and responsibilities

  • About young peoples’ employment rights and responsibilities
  • Employability skills
  • How to act upon and give constructive feedback

Setting goals and for success

  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development as you begin your GCSEs
  • How to confidently ask for support when you need it
  • Set targets for success


KS4 Careers Journey

Year Group Topic Students will learn...
10 Preparation for work experience
  • How to prepare for the world of work
10 Global world of work
  • About the range of employment opportunities there are
  • About the need to challenge stereotypes about particular pathways
  • About the information and guidance available for next steps
  • About local, national and global opportunities for work
  • About employment sectors and types and changing patterns of employment
10 My CV
  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development
  • How to effectively communicate your successes
11 Further education and work
  • How to use feedback constructively when planning for the future
  • How to achieve targets
  • Effective revision techniques and strategies
  • About options post 16 and pathways
  • About application processes
  • How to manage on line presence and maximize employability
  • How to manage work/life balance
11 Professional conduct in the workplace
  • How to develop moral values and self-efficacy, including motivation, perseverance and resilience
  • How to present yourself positively and maintain a healthy self- concept
  • How to be assertive


KS5 Careers Journey

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Making informed decisions about your future

  • What next? The main routes after Y13
  • Application skills – CVs, applications and interviews
  • Work experience – tasters, visits, shadowing
  • Futures Fair alongside Y12 Parents’ Evening – Universities and Apprenticeship providers
  • UCAS Fair trip for Y12
  • ‘Assessing your skills’ self-review and targets with tutors
13 Making next step plans
  • Choosing your course
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Student loans
  • Sourcing additional finance
  • Making final UCAS choices
  • Supporting ongoing applications and decisions
  • Positive relationships – in and out of the workplace


For additional information and support please contact our Careers Advisor directly:
Mrs H Thompson, Careers Advisor -