Click here for careers information for students 
Click here for careers information for parents/carers We have high expectations for all our students and work hard to raise aspirations. We recognise that our students have often had a difficult journey and we work hard to understand the local context and what opportunities are available for our students. We strive to support students to achieve their goals with a range of meaningful careers experiences. Not everyone has a dream, for those of who don’t know what they want to do we will explore options and ensure they experience a range of opportunities to leave us ready for their next steps. We couldn’t achieve this without the support of our amazing partners in industry and education, so thank you to all who have supported us so far. If you feel you can support us to provide the GATSBY Benchmarks outlined below please see the Provider Access Policy, or alternatively, contact the careers team:  

Charlotte Poynton charlotte.poynton@theedgeacademy.co.uk
Elizabeth Richards elizabeth.richards@theedgeacademy.co.uk  

  1.  A stable careers programme.Our careers programme is published on our website. We are always looking for new experiences for our students and there are a range of ways to get involved, from attending our careers fair to hosting a visit from a small group of students.  
  2. Learning from career and labour market informationWe have students from a range of backgrounds, from across the midlands. We try hard to challenge stereotypes and hope this is reflected in the advice and guidance we offer. We are always looking for relevant, up to date labour market information we can share with our students.  
  3. Addressing the needs of each student.We offer generalised careers education and bespoke packages for students. We want to support our students to explore a range of options and welcome input from all sectors.  
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers link curriculum learning with careers but we often do not have direct experience of the current labour marker. We are particularly interested in engaging young people in STEM subjects for future career paths.  
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.We aim to provide students multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.  
  6. Experiences of workplaces.Every student is offered first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.  
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.In the first instance this may be site visits and raising awareness of further and higher educational institutions. In KS4 we aim to provide students with opportunities to experience what it is like to study in a further and higher educational establishments as well as apprenticeship providers.   
  8. Personal guidance.All staff at the Edge work towards delivery of high quality careers education. Our careers lead is Elizabeth Richards, supported by Assistant Principal Charlotte Poynton. Students receive one to one careers guidance from Birmingham Careers Service.    


 If you need any more information speak to the careers team, Charlotte and Liz.

Charlotte.Poynton@theedgeacademy.co.uk
Elizabeth.Richards@theedgeacademy.co.uk