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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Careers and Guidance

Have you thought about your future?

College? Sixth Form? Apprenticeship?

What is your ideal job? What careers interest you?

At Thornhill Academy we strive to offer impartial and realistic careers information, advice, and guidance to all of our pupils from year 7 to 11. We recognise our pupils will be entering a competitive labour market and because of this, we aim to equip all of our pupils with, not only the knowledge they will need, but also skills such as financial capability, enterprise, and employability.

Each year group has information and resources that will be used to deliver the CEIAG program in school and that pupils may use independently to find out more.

Please contact Mrs Crane on gemma.crane@consilium-at.com for more information regarding careers and post-16 transition.

We strive to achieve the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks at Thornhill Academy. These are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs f each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning t careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences f workplaces
  • Encounters for further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Our current progress towards meeting the benchmarks is shown in our termly Compass report

Guidance Programme

Our program incorporates a range of activities that take place both inside and outside the classroom.

We aim to meet the needs of all pupils.

We add to and enhance our program when new opportunities arise, in line with our Provision Statement.

We have a clear policy for our CEIAG program in school which can be viewed at the bottom of this page. 

We welcome the input of a number of outside agencies, providers and partners to our program.

Our policy for provider access can be viewed below.

Please contact Mrs Crane on gemma.crane@consilium-at.com for more information regarding careers and post-16 transition.

Year 7

In Year 7, we introduce the idea of careers by thinking about the question “Who Am I Now?”

In tutor groups, our Year 7s think about the skills and qualities they have and how they can improve these. We talk about the difference between a job and a career and how to find out about jobs that might suit us.

In Guidance, Year 7 learn the basics of financial literacy and look at how we pay for things and how to keep our finances safe and within budget.

Year 8

In Year 8, we concentrate on the types of jobs that exist in a range of organisations and answer the question "Who could I be?.” All pupils take part in the "Step into the NHScompetition during Guidance lessons, in order to learn about the vast range of jobs that exist within one organisation.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils concentrate on developing their Enterprise Skills.

Every Year 9 will take part in the National Enterprise Challenge where groups compete for the chance to present a business idea to a panel of nationally recognised business leaders.

Pupils should be starting to think in more detail about their options Post-16 and should visit our Careers Convention or any websites listed to find more information.

All Year 9 pupils will have the chance to participate in Work Discovery Week and in targeted speaker talks and visits to local businesses such as Tyne Tees and Software City. A selected group of Year 9 pupils will also complete the Nissan Industrial Cadetship designed to promote careers in Engineering.

In the spring term, Year 9 pupils will complete a Pathways Program. This is designed to help them make sensible option choices ready to begin key stage 4.

Year 10

In Year 10, all of our pupils take part in the Building my Skills program run by the ESH group. The program aims to develop softer employability skills in the pupils and helps them to produce a portfolio of careers documents to use in the future.

During the program, the pupils have five workshops delivered by local business organisations and then complete five checkpoint activities.

Successful completion of this program can lead to mock interviews, work experience, and training opportunities.

Year 11

Year 11 is decision time for our pupils. During this year we support pupils in making a decision about their Post-16 options.

All pupils will complete a careers interview with a Northern Rights Pathfinder personal advisor and will receive an action plan. They will all visit our careers convention to talk to colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeships, training providers, and local employers. They will also have PDL time to complete application forms, write their CV, and complete their progress files.

Careers Convention

Earn to Live is our whole school careers event held in the spring term. During the two days, all pupils will take part in a range of careers related activities such as:

Year 7 Destination Uni at University of Sunderland
Year 8   Mental Wellbeing and Careers with Sunderland College
Year 9 FutureMe, Medical Mavericks and Career Options with Newcastle College
Year 10 Experiences of the Workplace
Year 11 Being a Top Student at Durham University
Being Employable with DWP
Where Am I Headed? With East Durham College

There is also a series of 90-minute “Careers in…” workshops which offer every student a meaningful encounter with an employee from a different industry sector and a hands-on experience of a task that this job involves.

Thornhill Academy is working as part of the North East’s second careers hub with the NELEP. This is allowing us to work collaboratively with schools from across the region to share best practice and innovate.