Gatsby Clause Statement

Ark Boulton Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Careers 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 Boulton Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Careers 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 Boulton Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personal 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 Boulton Academy’s Pathways and Careers programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment Leads, Harleen Assi [h.assi@arkboulton.org] and Craig Hetherington [c.hetherington@arkboulton.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 Boulton Academy’s wider Pathways and Careers programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment Leads:

KS3 (Lower School) Lead: Harleen Assi

KS4 (Upper School) Lead: Craig Hetherington

How we measure and assess the impact of our pathways and careers programme:

At Ark Boulton we continually measure and assess the impact of our careers programme through regular monitoring of the quality of all elements of our careers programme including using student voice and termly questionnaires to analyse the quality of the activities we engage with. We work with local careers advice providers, universities and local employers to ensure our students receive a wide and varied programme so that they can go on to make well informed decisions that will lead to successfully applying to a university or apprenticeship of their choice.

Labour Market Information for Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Between 2016 and 2030, Birmingham will see the largest growth in the following sectors and will result in extensive opportunities to gain training and employment in:

  • Advanced manufacturing and Engineering
  • Business, Professional and Financial Services (BPFS)
  • Energy and Low Carbon
  • Creative Industries
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare