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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. 

The Bourne Academy now has fellowship status to the Careers Development Institute. Please click HERE for further information.

The Performing Arts Team have put together a presentation about careers in Performing Arts, you can view it HERE.

Winchester University visit with Alumni March 2018

The Bourne Academy has been recognised for its excellent work in careers and is now one of the top 3 performing UK schools for the Gatsby Good Career Guidance the gold standard of careers guidance measurement.

The Bourne Academy has yet again, successfully completed and achieved the Quality In Careers Standard, through Investor In Careers and is now a full holder of the award for the next three years. The Bourne Academy has been accredited as “Fully meeting all the accreditation criteria, incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.”

In 2013, Gatsby was commissioned to research what actions could improve career guidance in English schools and uses eight clear benchmarks as a framework for improving careers guidance.  These have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders. 

The benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme

  • Learning from career and labour market information

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees

  • Experiences of workplaces

  • Encounters with further and higher education

  • Personal guidance

Please click on the following link for further information about the Gatsby benchmarks:

We have held the Investors In Careers award since 17th July 1998 continuing to deliver outstanding careers throughout Covid and the lockdown challenges. This is a robust process to ensure our careers provision is meeting the needs of all our students.


The Bourne Academy is looking for re-accreditation and is working towards achieving The Quality in Careers Standard Award, through the Licenced Awarding Body-Investor In Careers. 

Below is a list of websites which provide further advice:


All students have access to the Unifrog online careers programme and session are supported in subject lessons, tutor time and to record careers activities. Students can also use this platform to compare every undergraduate course in the UK additionally to international opportunities, including a comprehensive list of apprenticeships including higher degree apprenticeships.

To log in first time students will need a sign-up code unique to their form group.

If you are a parent/ carer and would like to use Unifrog, there is a parent/carer login to allow you to support your child every step of the way. Contact Unifrog at for your unique login information.

Work Experience
Wagamama Enterprise Day Finalists 2017

Work experience is compulsory in Years 10 and 12 - all of these students are expected to participate. They will be given packs and instructions on how to access the database.

Parents or carers who have any queries, or would like further information about the work experience programme, please do not hesitate to call Mrs Jo Warren on 01202 528554 or email


What is an apprenticeship?

Throughout an apprenticeship, you are able to work and train at the same time and have to do a required minimum of 30 hours per week, usually 4 days work with 1 day training, or block releases. The training provider is usually at college or in the workplace. Apprenticeships are available in a variety of jobs and industry areas, eg hair dressing, beauty technicians, plumbing, carpentry, mechanics.

There are various levels of apprenticeships: Traineeships, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher and they all have the same elements; competencies qualification, technical knowledge qualification and key skills.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

You get real employment experience, and it increases your skills and work opportunities.  You could get paid on average £171 per week and receive holidays, pension and travel.  You have the opportunity to gain credible qualifications, up to degree and even Masters level, without paying university fees.

Is an apprenticeship for me?

You need to be aged 16 – 24 years old and committed to an industry area or specific job.  You will have to show you have researched the area of work you want to do and that you are the right person. You will be responsible and prepared for further study, be happy to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to use your own initiative.

What next…?

Research and register with the relevant training provider or college that covers your specialist area.  They may have some employers waiting for an Apprentice.

It is YOUR responsibility to secure a job.  Research local employers you are interested in and contact them direct, with a quality CV.

There are many useful websites available to you:

For further information contact Vicky Woodings, Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise at


Digital Media presentation to year 11 & J P Morgan Final Winners
Most Able Students

At The Bourne Academy we are committed to stretching our most academic students. We appreciate the importance of academic ability and also of nurturing and supporting our most able students with their confidence, motivation and aspirations. We offer a variety of activities to support this including Southampton University sessions, additional mentoring, careers support, trips, employer visits and workshops. We work closely with Canford School to ensure our students get the very best opportunities and all the support they need to achieve.

Oxford University Most Able Students visit March 2018

This year our year 9 group took part in young enterprise programmes and visited J P Morgan and Bournemouth Airport.  We are also fortunate to be taking 40 students from year 10 and 12 to Cambridge University for a 2 day residential in May where they will have the opportunity to attend lectures and take part in an application masterclass for the most highly selective universities. Many of our most able students continue to study with us at sixth form and gain places at some of the most prestigious universities and highly competitive higher apprenticeships. We look forward to future Oxbridge applications from the Bourne Academy!