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Careers Guidance

The Dorcan Academy follows a planned programme of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from years 7-11. Students are given the opportunity to evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, skills and interests, understand the various educational pathways that are available to them and assess which pathway is most suited to their ability and learning style through a comprehensive mentoring programme.

At The Dorcan Academy, the Careers Programme is overseen by Mr Morgans (Deputy Headteacher), Careers Lead Mr Brownlie and Mrs Koza. Our Link Governor is Mr Corkish.  We are extremely proud of the support and guidance that students receive at The Dorcan Academy; this is supported by the excellent figure of 95% of our students from 2015/16 on leaving school entered into Education, Employment or Training, an increase from the previous years, as well as being higher than the national average.  Of these, 10% of our students joined Apprenticeship schemes, double the national figure of 5%.

We provide high quality, impartial careers guidance that supports our students to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. We are confident that our students are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.  Our current Careers Adviser is Carla Knowles. If you would like to arrange an appointment with Carla please contact Mrs Koza who will arrange an appointment on your behalf.

Through our extremely thorough Option Process and careful curriculum planning alongside the high quality and impartial careers guidance offered at The Dorcan Academy we are ensuring that learners follow study programmes that build on their prior attainment and enable them to develop clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future. Learners understand the options available and are informed about local and national skills needs.

On a termly basis Mr Brownlie and Mr Morgans review The Dorcan Academy CAIEG development plan. After major events such as the Year 10 interview day, stakeholders are asked to reflect on the event and complete an evaluation form; this is used to further develop future events at The Dorcan Academy.

The Dorcan Academy Business Group meets three times a year. In these meetings the Careers Leader shares published information with local employers.

We are working towards the Government guidance and are advancing in our work towards meeting The Gatsby Benchmarks (The Governments career strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks - these define a world-class standard of excellent careers guidance).

A stable careers programme – through an extensive programme of education, intervention and support. Our plan for 2019/20 can be downloaded below.

Learning from career and labour market information – through the careers programme, students have access to a wide range of information as well as through the use of websites such as Eclipse. Students also have access to our independent Careers Advisor, Mrs Carla Knowles.

Addressing the needs of each student – we know our students well at The Dorcan Academy, and aim to provide independent and clear support and guidance for each student, based on their desired pathway to employment. We aim to raise aspirations of all our students, by breaking down the barriers to achieve their career goal..  

Linking curriculum areas to learning – all our departments display career opportunities that studying their subject will open up opportunities for. All our schemes of work have clear links to specific Pathways to Employments.

Encounters with employers – we already have an excellent series of links with both local and national employers that include presentations in assemblies, an apprenticeship evening as well as specific workshops and visits. We also have a fantastic interview day held each year for our Year 10 students.

Experiences of workplaces – through our links with employers we are looking to build greater opportunities for visits for students to the job sectors they have shown an interest in. This is in addition to their Work Experience in Year 10, where students are supported to apply to an area of their choice.

Encounters with Further Education and Higher Education – We have a growing series of links with FE and HE, through Villiers Park, Study Higher, as well as through local colleges, and Commonweal sixth form.

Personal Guidance – as mentioned in how we address the needs for each students, we have excellent Independent Careers Guidance as well as a rigorous Options Process.

The Dorcan Academy CAIEG provision is updated at the start of each academic year. The careers leader reviews the website on a termly basis to ensure the information provided is up to date and current.

For further information please contact Mr Alan Brownlie at The Dorcan Academy, or via telephone 01793 525231

Website Links

Find out about careers linked to your subject  

National Careers Service:

Career pilot:  plan your future route using career pilot: and

Information on future routes for parents:

Apprenticeship information:

List of local training providers and which apprenticeships they deliver.

Students can click here to access the eClips website and view further information and resources to assist with choosing your next path. You will need to enter DORCAN20 into the box on the page to continue. 

A range of videos about different careers:

A 20-minute career test and advice:

Advice for students who are not looking to attend university:

CV writing tips:

Careers in construction:

Tomorrow's Engineers:

Teachers can find jobs related to their subject by clicking this link

We welcome providers contacting the school should they wish to offer opportunities to our students.  Please see the Provider Access policy below.



Available Downloads For This Page Upload Date
The Dorcan Academy Careers Action Plan 2019-20.pdf 03-Oct-2019
Dorcan CEIAG careers provision 2019-20.pdf 03-Oct-2019
Apprenticeships-Parent-Pack-December.pdf 14-Jan-2019
Labour Market Information.pdf 14-Jan-2019
Revision_Guide_Price_List_Oct_18.pdf 16-Oct-2018
4_places_to_find_out_more_about_apprenticeships.pdf 02-Oct-2018
Useful_Websites.pdf 28-Sep-2018
Wiltshire College Open Events.pdf 10-Sep-2018
48A Provider Access Policy 2018.pdf 16-Apr-2018
34C TDA Work Related Policy 2018.pdf 16-Apr-2018
35C TDA Careers Education Information Advice policy 2018.pdf 16-Apr-2018
Info on 100s of jobs!.pdf 02-Oct-2017
Gloucestershire_and_Wiltshire_Apprenticeship_Training_Directory.pdf 08-Dec-2016