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Careers Hub


Welcome to Cliff Park Ormiston Academy’s Careers Hub

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.

Throughout their time at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, students will have the opportunity to visit post-16 training providers, colleges and universities. They will also have experiences of different industry sectors through drop-down days, trips and Insight into Industry talks.

Due to the current situation, some of these activities have not been able to take place.  Year 8 Work Shadowing and Year 10 Work Experience, for example, were both unfortunately cancelled.

Below you will find some activities that have been tailored for specific year groups. These activities are designed to get students thinking about their career pathway as they reflect upon their own skills.

We have successfully achieved the ‘LifeSkills Award’ and the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’.


Please click for our Provider Access Policy Statement (January 2021)
Please click for our Careers Strategy (2021-22) for this academic year.
Please click for our Careers Policy (September 2021)
Our current destinations data can be found here.

Careers Advice

Our Careers Leader within the academy is: Mrs Carroll ( who can be contacted on 01493 661504. Mrs Carroll is also Level 6 qualified in Careers Guidance and Development and will be making sure all Year 11 students receive impartial careers advice and guidance before they leave the academy. Other students can also speak with Mrs Carroll if they would like any help and advice in regards to careers, or post-16 options.

Parents & Carers ThumbnailParent Guide from Success at School – Helping your child begin the career journey

In Form Time and through ‘Character and Culture’ lessons, 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.

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.

Employability Skills and the Wider Curriculum

Within ‘Character and Culture’ lessons and throughout our curriculum, we are encouraging students to develop their employability skills by highlighting when the following are required to complete a task:

Character & Culture

For more information, download our Character and Culture Mapping document (2020-21)

To see how each of our subjects explore employability skills and make links with future careers, see our Gatsby Benchmark 4 (Curriculum Careers Links) document.


For Year 11

We are pleased to say that the vast majority of our students have successfully found post-16 placements. Their college or training provider has been in contact with students, introducing them to their online systems and setting transition work for them.

Guidance for Year 11 Students
Apprenticeship Podcast
Apprenticeship Podcast
Careermag for School Leavers, Feb 2021

Year 10 – Work Experience

Year 10 students will have the opportunity to experience the world of work during their Work Experience Week. This will take place from Monday 20th – Friday 24th June 2022.

As with previous years, work experience placements are organised directly by students and their families. Health and safety checks are carried out by a company called ‘WEX Norfolk’.

We strongly advise students to find their work experience placement as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. The form below (‘WEX Norfolk Student Placement Form’) should be returned to Mrs Carroll by Friday 7th January 2022.

Wex Student Work PlacementWEX Norfolk Student Placement Form, 2021-2022
work experience letterWork Experience Letter, Year 10, 2021-2022
how to write a good letterHow To Write a Good Letter


Year 9 – Option Choices

Selecting options is an important part of students’ educational journey. The PowerPoint presentation and Options Booklet below outline the options process and subjects available for students to study in Years 10 and 11.

Key Dates:

  • Thursday 3rd March 2022: Options Evening – A chance for your parents to find out about the options process
  • Friday 18th March 2022: Pupil Assembly – students will receive their Option Booklets
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2022: Parents’ Evening – A chance to talk to your teachers about option choices
  • Friday 25th March 2022: Deadline to have option choices back
  • WB 25th April 2022: Individual meetings with students if needed
  • WB 9th May 2022: Confirmation of Option Choices

Please click on the links below for key documents:

  • Options PowerPoint – This is a version of the PowerPoint shared with parents and students during the information evening and assembly.
  • Options Booklet – This booklet contains information on all of the subjects students are able to pick.
  • Electronic Options Form – Students can submit their option choices electronically if they would like using this online form.


Year 8 – Work Shadowing Day

This year, the Year 8 ‘Work Shadowing’ day will be taking place on Wednesday, 18th May 2022. This day is an opportunity for students to gain an experience of the workplace by shadowing an employee.

Students can shadow family members in their workplace or can look to organise a one-day placement with an employer of their choice. Students will be completing a number of activities after this experience as part of their Form Time programme in order to reflect upon their placement and to think about their future pathways.

In order for students to take part, they must return completed copies of the Parental Consent Form and Placement Agreement Form by Friday 22nd April 2022 to Mrs Carroll.


We always like to hear how our past students are getting on and would love to see them back at Cliff Park, delivering talks and sharing their experiences with our current students.

Students, please can you complete this online survey regarding your post-16 options, and the possibility of coming in and talking to our current students about your experiences at school and the choices you have made since leaving the academy.

Students should email Mrs Carroll ( if they have any concerns or questions about their next steps.


Further Education and Local College Information

LifeSkills Lowestoft Lowestoft Sixth Form College



Lowestoft Sixth Form College



East Norfolk Sixth Form College



East Coast College



Introduction to Apprenticeships

Parents-carers-pack Jan 2021
Parents & Carers’ Pack Jan 2021



Useful websites to explore

The following webpages provide information and activities on a huge range of career-related topics.

Engineering spotlight
Careers at Sea
Careers in Rail
Future First


Cliff Park Ormiston Academy celebrated National Careers Week from 1st – 6th March 2021

Click the banner above to see various activities which students and parents can still take part in, including the wheel of strength, wordsearches, videos to watch and information about what skills are needed in the workplace.

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