Careers Guidance

Here at Lydiard Park Academy we are committed and passionate when preparing students for both Higher Education and entry into the labour market.

Careers Education is embedded into the Curriculum from Year 8 through to Year 13. With an emphasis based upon apprenticeship support from Years 11-13.

We support the student body by offering a combination of activity based learning but also direct links within our curriculum in order for students to have impartial advice which helps them to consider their future plans.

Visits from/to local businesses are regular features of the school calendar. In Year 10, we enlist external business support and offer mock interviews whilst at the same time hosting our annual careers fair. We are fortunate to have prestige businesses such as Intel, Great Western Hospital, Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland working with us to support such events.

Vocational routes and apprenticeships are given the same focus when preparing students for Higher Education. We strive to offer impartial advice in order to help our students make informed decisions regarding their futures.

To support this further we work very closely with 3aaa who are one of Swindon’s premier apprenticeship providers allowing us to conduct mock interviews, CV creation and assess employability skills.

This section will allow for a one-stop location for all things ‘Careers’ so please browse the webpage.

Mr M Godley
LPA Careers Lead

Swindon JobFest 2018 – TBC
Vocational Grants Flyer – click here for further details.

‘Post 16 / Post 18’ moving on plans

Over the course of week beginning 10th July we have embarked on a number of initiatives to support our Year 10 and Year 12 pupils with advice on a variety of key areas such as:-

Careers and apprenticeship advice
Career opportunities utilising Destination’s Expo
Interview techniques (Year 12)
Financial awareness workshops
6th form and University talks

Our pupils have benefitted from practical workshops and discussions with members of the wider community to enhance their awareness of what’s on offer both here at LPA and beyond when considering Post 16 and Post 18 options.

A particular highlight was the financial awareness workshop supported by staff from Nationwide – it was great to see all the pupils engaged and suddenly realising just how expensive it can be to work and live in the UK.

We would like to thank a number of external visitors who came to support our workshops:-

Swindon College
Excalibur Communications
Fontana Fasteners
Great Western Hospital

We are already planning for next year and look forward to continuing delivery of impartial and constructive advice for all our pupils to enable them to make informed decisions in regard to their futures.

Ofsted Quote

“Inspectors should explore the extent to which the school has developed and implemented a strategy for ensuring that all pupils in Years 8 to 13 receive effective careers guidance.

How well the school meets the needs of all vulnerable groups of pupils, including reducing the numbers who do not continue to education, employment or training.”

Click here to view more from OFSTED.