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Careers Advice and Guidance

At The Skinners' Kent Academy (SKA) we pride ourselves on our ever evolving careers support and provision for our students.In today’s economy it is vital that students develop the confidence and resilience to enable them to aspire and achieve both academically and personally. The Academy has a dedicated careers team which is committed to ensuring that all students from Years 7 through to 13, have access to exceptional independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Our Careers Team

Helena Read


Mrs H Read, Vice Principal, Achievement for All and Director of Post 16 Education

Amanda Mays


Ms A Mays, Careers & Enterprise Advisor


If you wish to contact the Careers department you can email us at or call the Academy on 01892 534377, and ask for the Careers department.

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Careers Portal

Our Raising Aspirations Careers Portal is a great resource for students and parents to find out important information regarding different careers, local employers and employability skills. It also has information on applying for apprenticeships and going to university, as well as some handy ‘how to’ guides, online work experience opportunities and how to use Unifrog. Click on the image to visit the portal.


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The government’s Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for schools leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, set out the plan for building a high quality careers system that will help young people to achieve their careers ambitions. Underpinning the plan, were the development of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, providing a framework describing best practice for careers provision in schools and colleges. SKA is committed to embedding and strengthening these Benchmarks in its careers provision to drive improvement.

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

The Academy Careers Programme

SKA's Whole -Academy Careers Programme

Our whole-Academy careers programme helps young people explore the opportunities available to them. It enables students to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to make well-informed, supported choices; and to develop plans that equip them to progress smoothly into further learning and work after leaving the Academy.

Learning and developing ‘employability skills’, becoming an attractive candidate for colleges and universities, as well as employers and is an important part of the students journey at the Academy. We make CEIAG accessible for every student in Years 7 -11 and we are committed to supporting the aspirations of all our students.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of careers events which develops their thirst for further knowledge. They engage in a range of activities around careers education, enterprise awareness and college introductions which enthuse and motivate them, raising their aspirations and ambitions.

Careers Programme

Careers Education

Delivered through lessons, assemblies, advisory sessions, House Tutor groups, one-to-one sessions and specific events and includes advice and support for option choices and work experience.

Frequent employer talks and visits support the careers education programme. Inspirational speakers include Lord Evans (Security Chief); Nikki King (CEO ITUK); Jenny McLachlan (best-selling author); Lord Dholakia (Peer) and Amanda Nevill (CEO British Film Institute).

We also coordinate work-related learning opportunities with local employer links alongside all subject areas to ensure students receive current information, experiences of work and up-to-date labour market information.

All students have access to independent careers advice and guidance, particularly at key transition stages. Years 11 and 13 students receive progress assessments and 1:1 guidance and advice meetings in order to best plan their applications to sixth forms, colleges, training providers, universities and employers, as appropriate.

Careers Advice and Guidance

One-to-one and group sessions offer the opportunity for students to discuss ideas, understand their strengths and individual skill sets, help them find out more information and to develop an action plan to make their own informed decisions about their next steps. To arrange a careers guidance and support meeting please email: 

Provider Access Policy

Assessing the impact of SKA's Careers Programme

Here at The Skinner's Kent Academy we regularly assess the impact our careers programme to make sure that the provision we provide is the best it can be for our students. Regular student voice activities provide feedback that we use to develop and improve our careers curriculum. We also have an Academy Improvement Plan which we are working towards aligning careers with curriculum learning, driving forwards sustained improvements. We also evaluate the destinations data for our former students to make sure they are going onto appropriate Further Education providers.

For further details, please take a look at The Skinners’ Kent Academy Provider Access Policy here.

Next review

We continually review our careers programme to improve it and keep it up to date. At the moment we are striving towards meeting each of the Gatsby benchmark standards. Our careers program is due to be reviewed in September 2024.

Wider Community Links and Local Businesses

SKA is part of the South East Enterprise Adviser Network and has strong links with local employers (including AXA Healthcare, Thompson Snell & Passmore and the Kent & Medway Hospital Trust), colleges (including North Kent - fomerly known as West Kentand Hadlow colleges), training providers (including Pathway CTM and Runway Training) and educational charities (including Speakers for Schools and The STEM Hub).

It is known that participation in career talks with employee volunteers can change theattitudes of Key Stage 4 pupils to education,influence their future plans and subject choices, motivate them tostudy harder, and support animprovement in academic attainment. Are you able to step forward and offer your help as a local employer? Can any of your staff offer support to our students by providing mentoring, careers talks or interview workshops etc?

We are always looking to expand our employer and local community links. For further information please contact our Careers Department on:

SKA proudly acknowledges the CEIAG support and business partnership provided by Thomson Snell & Passmore, one of the leading full-service law firms in the South East.

We are always looking to expand our employer and local community links. 

Opportunities with local businesses

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