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Careers Education

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.

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We are committed to achieving the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ by the end of 2020.

Please click here to view our certificate of intent
Please click for our Provider Access Policy Statement (January 2020)
Please click for our CEIAG Plan 2019-20 for this academic year. 
Please click for our Careers Policy (January 2020)
Please click to view our Careers Hub

Careers Advice

Our Careers Leads within the academy are:

Mr Keeble ( who can be contacted on 01493 660218

Mrs Carroll ( who can be contacted on 01493 661504

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy is also working in partnership with the county Enterprise Coordinator (North Norfolk, South Norfolk & Gt Yarmouth) to lead on additional CEIAG opportunities throughout the year, as well as careers workshops for Years 9-11.

In addition to this, Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has access to START, a program that enables students to explore their career pathways, develop their own CV and research local post-16 courses and jobs.

Please note, due to the current situation, both the Year 8 Work Shadowing Day and Year 10 Work Experience have been cancelled. For further information please read this information letter.

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 excellent NEET figures for the last three years, with every year 11 student who left Cliff Park Ormiston Academy last year finding employment, training opportunities or a college placement.

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 Africa Alive! trip explores many jobs involved in a successful zoo setting and is an introduction into the world of work.

Year 11 2019 Leavers Destinations Data

All of our Year 11 students successfully entered further education, employment or training. We congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to ensuring that all our future students realise their full potential.

Total Year 11 students East Norfolk Sixth Form College % East Coast College % Norwich City College % Lowestoft % Other % Left Area % Apprenticeships % NEET % Total
167 58.7 34.7 1.2 2.4 1.8 0.0 1.2 0.0 100.0
Total Pupil Premium Year 11 students East Norfolk Sixth Form College % East Coast College % Norwich City College % Lowestoft % Other % Left Area % Apprenticeships % NEET % Total
56 53.6 44.6 0 1.8 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0
Total EAL Year 11 students East Norfolk Sixth Form College % East Coast College % Norwich City College % Lowestoft % Other % Left Area % Apprenticeships % NEET % Total
15 64.3 29.0 0.0 6.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0
Total SEN Year 11 students East Norfolk Sixth Form College % East Coast College % Norwich City College % Lowestoft % Other % Left Area % Apprenticeships % NEET % Total
25 32.0 64.0 0.0 4.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0

Year 11 2018 Leavers Destinations Data

Insight into Industry Meetings for Students

At Cliff Park, we are proud of the fact that all our students go on to college or training once they have left us.

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.

For more information, please download our Insight Into Industry Booklet (2020).

We are always looking for parents and local businesses to present at our Insight into Industry sessions. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Mrs Carroll ( for more information.

Business Links and Our Curriculum

As part of our ‘Curriculum Innovation Project’, we have mapped out where careers education is embedded into our schemes of work. An overview of this work can be found here. We believe, however, that students’ understanding of the world of work is best developed by giving them experiences of it. As a result, we have worked hard to develop business links that go beyond our Year 8 Work Shadowing and Year 10 Work Experience.

Throughout the year, students across all year groups have the opportunity to engage with local businesses in a number of ways. As detailed within our CEIAG Plan, these include:

  • Drop-Down Days – working with local employers, colleges and/or universities
  • Visits to colleges, universities and local businesses
  • Workshops – including mock interviews and CV writing tips

We are always looking to develop new links with businesses and post-16 providers and run a January Business Breakfast. If you are interested in helping Cliff Park Ormiston Academy students develop their understanding of the world of work or joining us for our Business Breakfast, please complete this booklet and return it to Mrs Carroll.

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.
START is your own personal portal to careers education, information, advice and guidance. Ask your Form Tutor or Mr Keeble for your username and password.
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.

University Interview Guide -The guide showcases some of the most common questions asked during an interview, as well as tips on how students can best answer them. It also shares advice on how to present oneself to make a good impression; such as being assertive (but not overbearing), using strong and confident body language, type of clothes to wear, and plenty of other practical and useful information.

The Ultimate Guide to Completing an Application Form – This guide offers helpful advice on how to prepare and submit a job application. It also includes sample questions and responses and other useful tips to help give an application the best chances of success.

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