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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 2020)
Please click for our Careers Strategy (2020-21) for this academic year.
Please click for our Careers Policy (January 2020)

Careers Advice

Our Careers Leader within the academy is: Mrs Carroll ([email protected]) 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.

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Parent 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.

Please note, due to the current situation, both the Year 8 Work Shadowing Day and Year 10 Work Experience are still to be confirmed.

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 – Virtual Work Experience (VWEX)

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Year 10 Work Experience will be done differently this year as students will not be able to go out to work placements. Instead, we are working with Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), Speakers For Schools and The James Paget University Hospital to provide every student in Year 10 with a Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) through an online programme.

Please see the booklet below which outlines the activities available to the students. All the students have been given a copy of this and also the sign-up sheet (see below) which needs to be handed to Mrs Carroll at the academy on Monday 21st June 2021.

VWEX sessions will be based in the Library at the academy, with students accessing the programme online.

Although each experience will differ, they will typically include:

  • Live webinars
  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live Q&A sessions with industry experts
  • Online and/or paper-based activities
  • Real life scenarios and projects

When students are not participating in a VWEX session, they will attend their normal lessons.

Yr 10 Virtual Work Experience Booklet
Yr 10 Virtual Work Experience Sign-up Form

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:

Year 9 Virtual Parents’ Evening is on 25th March 2021.

Students should return their forms by the 26th March 2021 to Mrs Carroll or submit them electronically here. One-to-one meetings will take place with students and parents after Easter (wb 26th April).

Guided Choices Booklet
Guided Choices Form
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Guided Choices Powerpoint

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.

Please encourage your son/daughter from the class of 2020 to complete this online survey regarding post-16 options and the possibility of talking to students who will be in their shoes over the next few years.

Students should email Mrs Carroll ([email protected]) 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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