Careers Education

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Barbara Priestman Academy is committed to ensuring that the statutory duties related to careers education are fulfilled.

Our Careers Leader is Natalie Preece. Natalie is based here at Barbara Priestman Academy, and you can contact her on 03339991453.

Incorporated in our Careers Education programme we will ensure that independent guidance is;

  • Presented in an impartial manner
  • Includes information on the range of education and option choices
  • Is given in the best interests of the young person

The Careers program includes careers education sessions, careers days, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews with Connexions Personal Advisor), information and research activities, work experience, work related learning and individual learning activities.

The Careers curriculum follows the core aims of the Careers Development Institute (CDI)

  • Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education
  • Learning about careers and the world of work
  • Developing your career management, employability and enterprise skills.

The curriculum is key stage appropriate and will be differentiated to meet the needs of each student.

CEIAG Policy

Provider Access Policy

Useful resources for students and parents

Café Ascent

Cafe Ascent Menu

Café Ascent aims to provide students with hands on experience in catering and hospitality in a supported environment.

This exciting new project forms part of the 16-19 study programme offered in each of the Sixth Forms across the Trust designed to prepare post 16 students for independence and develop skills for the future.

The 5 star hygiene rated café is located within Springboard at the Pallion site in Sunderland and is open 9-2pm each day during term time.

Café Ascent, Unit 2 Rivergreen Industry Centre, Pallion Sunderland SR46AD.

The students look forward to welcoming parents and friends.

Click here to see our Facebook page for Cafe Ascent

Careers Advice and Guidance

Students can access impartial careers guidance from Jill Materic, a qualified Careers Advisor working for Together for Children.

Jill will attend EHCP reviews to support with transition planning. Jill can be contacted via email:

National Careers Week 2nd – 7th March 2020

National Careers Week 4th – 9th March 2019

National Careers Week 5th – 10th March 2018

It is currently National Careers week in school. We currently have posters around school where students and staff are answering ‘In the future I want to be a…..’

Software City

Students from Sixth Form and year 11 took part in the digital Sector Day organised by Software City and Sunderland Council Work Discovery Team.  The event held in National Careers Week raises awareness of the opportunities for the future in a fun and interactive way.

The event encourages students to find out about opportunities in this exciting sector and explore local businesses and take part in workshops.

Students took part in animation workshops with  three  motion video production and animation company based in Newcastle, Learned about Nissan and how technology supports their business.  Learned about Web design from local business owner  and were amazed by Sunderland college lecturer and games designer.

Did you find the workshops interesting? 

they made me feel inspired

I enjoyed the experience

yes because we learned some new things

enjoyed trying different things

yes… to see how they do their jobs

yes… they were fascinating especially the animation and walk cycle one

yes i learned a lot about Nissan and gaming it was all very interesting

What was the best part of the morning?

I’m not sure i could decide! but i think the VR headset

the process of indie games

film and stop motion workshop

playing VR games

coming to software city

What did you learn about jobs available in the IT and digital sector?

I learned how people can start their careers and there are plenty of opportunities that i might be interested in

learned about the technology in Nissan

that your first game might fail, there will be one to make your money!

Visit to Liebherr


ASK ( Apprenticeship Support & Knoweldged visited us to talk to our pupils and inspire them about becoming Apprentices, and to promote their website



Students also learned from an Apprentice from Accenture about the company and opportunities available working for a global company.


Work Discovery

Work Discovery Sunderland


Software City 16th – 23rd May 2018

Some of our lucky sixth form students were given the opportunity to take part in a work experience week at Software City, Sunderland. They said;


‘It was eye opening about the tech sector!’ – Jordan   

‘It was inspirational and enjoyable, because you get to try out new technology.’ – Benjamin



‘After going to Software City, I may now consider going to Bede to study Games Design, when I leave school.’ – David

‘I really enjoyed it but felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of information we were given.’ – Daniel

‘It has inspired me to work on some new projects.’ – Daniel

‘Excellent, I am now aware of the different job roles available in ICT.’ – Jacob

Hospitality Sector Day

We visited the Roker Hotel and made Pizza and had a tour of the Hotel and also visited Hilton where we took part in activities such as banquet setting and guest check in, then were lucky enough to have a tour.

Lastly we visited the Marriot and had a tour and practiced some
housekeeping tasks.

Software City

Some of our students took part in the Go Reboot programme at Software City, which was an intensive 6 day work placement.
Students got to visit employers and to work to a real live brief and critique a website.
They worked in teams to present their ideas.
They learned about the different job opportunities within the sector.

Our students said :

‘ I now feel more confident about working in the tech industry’

‘ I have improved on skills such as working in a team and communication skills’

‘ I didn’t think I would be able to work well with strangers… I worked well with strangers’

‘ I now have a better understanding of how to construct a CV after the work placement independently’.


North East Skills exhibition September 2017

Sixth form students visited North East Skills exhibition on Thursday 21st September.  The visit was arranged as part of the careers education curriculum to encourage students to find out about progression opportunities and to learn about different careers.



Students in Sixth form visited Liebherr to find out about their apprenticeship scheme and how their business operates.
We enjoyed a tour of the factory and workshops and learnt how huge cranes and other machines were manufactured using traditional and modern technology.
Sixth formers also visited Caterpillar to attend a Careers Fair and talked to colleges and learning providers about options for the future.
Gateshead College also visited to talk to Sixth form about Apprenticeships and on Tuesday 4th April we had a fantastic visit to Sun FM.



A group of students visited Sun FM for a tour of the radio station and to learn about how the radio
station works as a business.

We even managed to stay quiet during a live broadcast!


Please click the link below which will take you to a short survey on Careers Education. Your feedback is important to us.

Many thanks for your time, Natalie Preece.

Parent/Carer Survey