Careers, Aspirations and Pathways Plan

At Ark All Saints Academy, we believe that all scholars should be prepared for “University and beyond”. Our Careers, Aspirations and Pathways Programme at AASA promotes academic excellence and ensures scholars can make their own choice about going onto study at University or following another pathway such as an Apprenticeship. It also includes preparing them for future careers success and ensuring they have the tools to navigate and excel in the field or pathway they choose.

The AASA Careers, Aspirations and Pathways programme aims to work within the Gatsby Framework and Oftsed parameters, whilst also imbibing our school motto, ‘To grow in confidence, to live responsibly, to act with integrity and to be successful’

  • To grow in CONFIDENCE; we recognise the importance of helping to develop our scholars belief in their self and their abilities. We aim to expose them to a wide range of experiences, industries and insights to help them progress in their chosen pathway. We always aim to invite and partner with people and organisations that scholars can relate to and from culturally diverse background. The aim is to have a clear understanding of how our scholars’ skills, qualities and interests can be maximised and developed to achieve success.
  • To live RESPONSIBLY; our scholars will have a greater understanding of the expectations and the need to act with RESPONSIBIITY in their careers. We will achieve this through employer engagements, and training providers, and Higher Education and Further Education interactions.
  • To act with INTEGRITY within the workplace and the wider community. We aim to foster their own sense of duty and responsibility towards achieving their own academic and career goals.
  • To be SUCCESSFUL; scholars are encouraged to be successful academics. There is also the recognition that academic results alone are not only an indicator of success. We recognise and aim to foster and develop habits that will enable them to become independent young men and women and be successful in the world of work, in their community and everyday life.

Delivery of AASA Careers, Aspirations and Pathways Programme:

The AASA Careers programme is overseen by: Naseem Khanam

The careers programme is delivered through a variety of activities. In Years 7-8, activities are integrated through PSHE activities which focuses on the personal development of our scholars, values and key life skills. In the upper school, the careers programme is fulfilled by:

  • 1-2-1 Guidance sessions
  • Whole school Labour Market and Careers Info sessions
  • Citizenship Week
  • Enrichment programmes
  • Visitors/Speakers
  • Trips
  • Assemblies
  • Workshops
  • Tutor time
  • Onsite Further Education and Careers Fairs
  • Work shadowing and World of Work opportunities


Our careers programme is enhanced by a range of partners, such as Into University, NCS, and corporate partners such as PwC, Capgemini and Ernst Young and London College of Communication. We welcome interest from organisations who would like to be involved in the AASA programme. If you would like to contact us then please email

In addition to the Gatsby and Ofsted guidelines, our programme follows the guidelines set by:

We are working towards meeting all of The Gatsby Framework Benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme: Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information: Every pupil and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil: Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees: Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces: Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education: All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance: Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
  9. Extra and Super Curricular Enrichment: Every pupil can access a range of extra and super curricular enrichment activity


To support careers, learning and pathways research, the websites below are highly recommended. - for a list of all Southwark and nearby post 16 colleges and 6th forms – lots of career information. Go to Job Profiles section to research career ideas. – careers explained including real life career journeys to help with choices. Also includes other useful career and progression ideas. – UCAS – holds all Higher Education course information. You can research courses and entry requirements. - The Russell Group represents Britain’s leading universities – this website gives some useful information on post 16 subject choices – look under students and then click on school and college in the UK. - helps with A level choices –looks at career and study option - for apprenticeships vacancies and information.

Another really useful website to try out is The Student Room. they cover everything from preparing for GCSE and A level exams, to university interview tips, how to find some of the most competitive apprenticeships to general forums about everything related to learning, student finance and careers.

For the latest labour market information, click here.

Pathways and Enrichment (Careers) Policy with Baker Clause - May 2021.pdf

Careers Plan 2021-2.pdf

For questions on this or about Ark All Saints Academy’s wider Careers and Aspirations programme, please contact the Academy’s Careers Lead, Naseem Khanam at or James Chapman (Vice Principal)