Careers Programme

Here at the King Fahad Academy we aim to cater and support career interest, provide independent advice and work towards fulfilling the Gatsby Foundation’s eight benchmarks of good careers guidance and in line with CEIAG expectations.

Our focus is to achieve all of the eight Gatsby benchmarks and go even further with reference to our good practice and the provision of:

A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal guidance

We are now able to support our students fully from Year 7 through to the Sixth Form level by providing directed careers guidance with input from Indigo software. Through utilising numerous services provided by Indigo, careers trips/excursions, careers advice from external guests as well as visiting firms we aim to inspire, inform, support and guide our students to enable them to take independent action towards their career pathways.

Any external visitors including institutions and organisations are required to contact our Acting Careers Leader (Mr Mohammed Baba) using the details provided here, and are subject to meeting the requirements of our KFA Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

Year 7 to 13
Careers leader, Cirriculum coordinators and upper school counsellor provide support with regards to careers guidance to all students from Year 7 to 13. This includes individual guidance (by appointment/drop-in sessions), planned lessons on careers and school assemblies.

Y7 to Y9 receive workshops in ATL (Approaches to Learning) Skills which include research skills, communication skills, self-management skills

  • Y10 to Y13 students receive workshops to enhance self-development/personal skills that are transferable to the next stage of their education/chosen pathway (e.g. sixth form/college, apprenticeship, BTEC, foundation courses, university and the workforce)
  • Choosing relevant GCSE and A-Level subjects for their chosen career path(s)
  • Choosing their post-16/post-18 pathway
  • Writing personal statements, CVs, cover letters and completing further education or higher education applications
  • Individual careers guidance interviews to help students decide what to do after GCSE/A-Level.
  • Students are also given an opportunity to express their career interests as well as guidance on the different routes to achieving their aspirations.

Students’ login access to Indigo brings so much awareness to what is out there in terms of careers and job and related opportunities. Indigo allows students to access the following services: –

  • Preparing students for the leap from school to university and employment
  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Personal guidance helps create an excellent personal statement using the Indigo Personal Statement Builder

Year 10 to 13
In addition to the above, year 10 students onwards and GCSE alumni have access to the following: –

Information on University Open Days/Apprenticeship opportunities/higher education events
UCAS application process – guidance and support
Mock interview practice
Work experience related matters, help locating relevant work experience
Access to information and useful websites
Presentation assembly by National Citizen Service (NCS)
Careers Guidance Cirriculum
Subject teachers endeavour to link curriculum to careers to allow our pupils to understand the implications of what they are learning to the ‘real world’. We also offer a Careers and Self-development Programme to students, which includes workshops to help inform students about the opportunities available after GCSE/A-Level, assistance with their applications, writing CVs, cover letters or personal statements. 

At Sixth Form level, students are encouraged and supported to gain work experience both internally and externally to allow them to gain first-hand experience with employers and employees. Such experiences also help improve their self-management, social and communication skills, build their CV portfolio and can go towards their university application profile. Students are duly encouraged and supported to attend open days at further and higher education institutions.