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Careers & Work Experience 

At The Bourne Academy, all students are given the information, guidance and skills they need to make good choices for their future. All careers research indicates that parents/carers are the number one influence in the career plans of their child and from Year 7 onwards students will be offered a variety of opportunities to develop their career aspirations.   The Bourne Academy employs a full time professionally qualified careers guidance practitioner and a full time work experience coordinator.

Students will have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways such as interactive workshops, drama productions, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, business mentoring and trips to colleges and Universities.  All students will have a one to one guidance appointment delivered by an impartial qualified careers adviser in Years 11, 12 and 13.  Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 9 options, Year 11 career planning and into the Academy 6th Form.  Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance specialists will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support.

Investors In Careers

We are proud to announce that the students and staff of The Bourne Academy are committed to the assessment for Investor in Careers. 

We received accreditation in September 2023 for the third time. This Quality in Careers Standard award is a bench mark for quality in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and is recognised nationally across the country.  It is awarded to schools who have demonstrated a commitment to provide impartial, independent CEIAG to young people, to improve students’ awareness of opportunities, to raise their aspirations and to work with them to ensure they achieve their full potential.

Assessment is based on standards required by legislation or nationally produced guidelines on good practice, so we are not asked to do anything that is not already established as being of value to our students.  The Award has been written and revised by careers education and guidance professionals, teachers and senior managers in schools.

The Award is structured around four key elements relating to the management of CEIAG:

  • Commitment
  • Organisation
  • Delivery
  • Evaluation

For more information about the Award please visit Quality in Careers or please contact Mrs Vicky Woodings, who will be leading the re-accreditation for the Quality in Careers Standard, on


If you require further information on Work Experience, please contact Miss Megan Boome on 01202 528554 or email

If you require further information on the Careers Programme, please contact Mrs Vicky Woodings on 01202 528554 or email