At the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, you will be starting your career journey. Whether you are in Year 7 or the sixth form, you will be taking part in a careers programme, delivered during lesson time and other activities. We want all students to be aiming high and be aspirational – and Miss Woods is always available to help you on your journey.

As a student you are entitled to:

  • Participation in the Frances Bardsley Academy Careers Programme
  • Learn through real work experience
  • Access to a range of different careers activities including:
    • Guest speakers
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Tutor time activities
    • Big Activity Days
  • Guidance; all students are entitled to appropriate guidance. All students can request an appointment either with Miss Woods or Prospects careers adviser
  • Learning in a safe environment that challenges stereotypes
  • A series of different encounters with employers
  • Access to a range of careers related resources, including Unifrog
  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, and the different pathways available at post 16 and post 18
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • To understand how to make applications, CV’s and how interviews work
  • The opportunity to relate what you earn in lesson time to life and career paths beyond school

Of all the Year 11 students who have been interviewed, 100% of students said the careers events in school have been useful in helping them to make decisions about their future.

Opportunities will be given to you throughout your time at Frances Bardsley to evaluate the events and provide feedback and suggestions as to what can be improved.

Where to find useful information:

Unifrog website & Unifrog log in and guide

List of useful websites

London Labour Market Information

Overview of programme KS3 and KS4

KS5 – If you decide to stay on at the Frances Bardsley Academy Sixth Form, in years 12 and 13 there will be further opportunities for you to learn about the different educational and employment options, as well as taking part in the CARERS programme, work shadowing and much more (link to the sixth form page).

Who do we engage with?

At Frances Bardsley, we are lucky to have support from some brilliant employers and education providers, and you will get the chance to meet with some of these at events such as the careers fair, plus many more throughout your time at the school:

Careers in the curriculum:

Whilst you are in school, you will follow a broad curriculum. In all lessons, you will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding, and whilst not all subjects will be your favourite, they will all help you on your career journey.

What do Frances Bardsley Students go on to do?

For more than 100 years, students have left Frances Bardsley and have gone on to do some amazing things. In recent years, students have left to work on conservation projects, to become midwives, doctors, veterinary surgeons, solicitors, complete degree apprenticeships with Barclays, and some have even set up their own companies. Students have also gone onto a wide range of Universities – such as Royal Holoway, Queen Mary, Nottingham and many more up and down the country.

What will you do? Where will you go? Here is what former student Grace had to say about her time at Frances Bardsley:

‘I left Frances Bardsley in 2017, and after I left FBA I went to study media and communication at Liverpool Hope University. I have just finished my degree and in September 2020 I will be starting my PGCE to become a media teacher. My future hopes are to qualify at the end of my PGCE year and be a NQT. I have so many favourite memories of my time at Frances Bardsley, trips to New York and Berlin, roast dinner on a Thursday, school birthday celebrations, sports day, my time in the sixth form, and of course my amazing teachers. My advice and words of wisdom for the current women of Frances Bardsley, is to never stop reading and work hard. Never stop reading around your subjects as it really does help you develop in your writing and understanding, but also enjoy yourself, I look back on my time at FBA with such fondness, it truly is such a special place so enjoy yourself and immerse yourself into school life.’

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