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Careers & Options

At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, we are passionate about ensuring we provide our students with as much careers guidance as possible to enable them to make excellent decisions for bright futures.

career paths

In Form Time, students complete a range of careers-focused learning activities throughout Years 7-11 to help them to make excellent choices.

Careers Fairs, Parents’ Information Evenings and student visits to our local colleges and universities ensure students are fully informed about their future pathways. It is this support that has helped us achieve a 0% NEET figure for the last three years, meaning every year 11 students who has left Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has found employment, training opportunities or gone on to study at college.

Year 8 Work Shadowing and Year 10 Work Experience give students the opportunity to sample life within a professional, working environment, whilst our work with outside providers, such as ‘Human Utopia’, develops students’ learning skills and sharpens their team work. Our Banham Zoo trip explores many jobs involved in a successful zoo setting and is an introduction into the world of work.

On the website, U-Explore, students have access to a local, online advisor called a ‘Careers Partner’. Students are able to email this contact regarding anything related to their future plans, including career choices and college applications.

Year 8 Options Booklet

Download the CPOA Year 8 Options Booklet >

options booklet

Insight into Industry Meetings for Students

At Cliff Park, we are proud of the fact that all our students go onto college or training once they have left us, resulting in a NEET figure (not in education, employment or training) of 0%.

We are committed to providing students with information and guidance that helps inform students’ future career choices.

As part of this, we have developed a partnership with individuals working in a diverse selection of industries to create ‘Insight into Industry’ sessions.

Each session is an opportunity for students in Years 9-11 to meet an individual who is working in an industry area that they are interested in. They will be able to find out about what they get up to on a daily basis, as well as the educational route they took into this industry area.

These sessions:

  • Take place during Break Time in the Library
  • Are only open to students who have a genuine interest in this area
  • Have a maximum of 12 places available for each session

Insight into Industry Booklet
Download the Insight into Industry Booklet >

If you are interested in any of the sessions described in the Insight into Industry Booklet, please complete the very short application form by clicking here.


The web links below provide information on university applications, apprenticeships and career choices. is a website designed to educate you in the massive spectrum of opportunities we have in Norfolk and Suffolk
Russell Group universities are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.
At U-Explore we have a simple belief that careers information, advice and guidance has to be far more relevant, engaging and purposeful for young people.
Supported by Norfolk County Council, the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network has been set up to make it easier for employers and young people to find out more about Apprenticeships.
The information, advice and careers guidance website for young people in Norfolk
We provide application services across a range of subject areas and modes of study for UK higher education providers.
Swarm connects entrepreneurial young people with business owners. Our young people work through a Level 3 enterprise apprenticeship and apply their learning to make money for the small business.
Opportunities Norfolk is an initiative aimed at connecting young people with opportunities with local training providers and employers in Norfolk. Supported by Norfolk County Council.

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