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Careers and Aspirations

At The Portsmouth Academy, we believe careers education is a crucial part of a young person’s development.

By giving students impartial and independent access to information about a wide variety of possible career paths, we broaden their horizons and inspire them to achieve their goals and ambitions and to be the best that they can be.

We believe that good Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) connects learning to the future. It motivates young people by giving them a clearer idea of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. Good CEIAG widens pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. This supports social mobility by improving opportunities for all young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Portsmouth Academy is committed to providing all students in Years 7-11 with a stable programme of events and supporting activities to provide them with information and guidance about career opportunities and employment. The programme is designed to be progressive so that, each year, students will build and develop on the knowledge and skills that they have previously acquired. The programme will be guided by the Gatsby Benchmarks thus ensuring best practice.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are designed to ensure students:

  • Receive a stable careers programme from years 7 to 11
  • Learn from career and labour market information
  • Address the needs of every student
  • Link curriculum learning to careers
  • Has meaningful encounters with employers and employees
  • Has experiences of workplaces
  • Has meaningful encounters with further and higher education
  • Receives personal guidance

The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods:

  • Careers in PD through Years 7 to 11
  • Assemblies
  • Careers learning in lessons
  • Employer visits to school
  • Work Experience in Year 10
  • Careers week in Year 10
  • Careers 1:1 sessions with a qualified Careers Advisor in Years 11
  • Careers workshops and trips targeted at numerous year groups

Additionally, there are several targeted events with local colleges and universities.

The schools Careers Leader, Miss Rahman is available for general advice on careers and work experience and works closely with Year Heads and Pastoral Teams. The school’s independent Careers Advisor is Miss Dorleen Shim, from Portsmouth City Council.

Find out more about the Careers and Aspirations provision available at The Portsmouth Academy by emailing:

Are you a former pupil of The Portsmouth Academy? We would love to encourage you to share your story to our current students. Get in touch by emailing