Careers Education at Serlby Park

It is essential that students of all ages at Serlby Park are aware of the educational, vocational and career options available to them at every stage of their learning.

We view the changes introduced by the Education Act of 2011 as an opportunity to be more innovative and creative in our approach to careers guidance. We work closely with our highly qualified Careers Consultants at CareersInc – an impartial and independent careers service that operates across the Delta Academy chain.

The menu of support includes individual careers guidance for those students who need it, but it also extends to group work and other activities, such as support for accessing and researching information. Dedicated information sessions on both Higher Education (HE) and apprenticeships are offered, led by specialist consultants from external providers to share expert details of the pathways available.

Independent, impartial careers advice can be found at




Apprenticeships and HE

After studying at Serlby Park, some students may wish to take up an apprenticeship. This is a job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Most of the training is delivered in the work place, with an element of ‘off the job’ training which usually takes place with a training provider or at a college.

Anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education can apply. Apprenticeships are increasingly being recognised as the gold standard for work based learning. There are over 250 different industries to choose from with more than 1,400 different job roles and up to 15,000 vacancies available at any one time.

Many students want to continue academic study once they complete their sixth form studies at Serlby Park . We guide students through the UCAS process as successfully, smoothly and early as possible with the help of specialist support, including contacts at UCAS, the University of Cambridge and the University of Huddersfield. We also encourage students to attend open days at universities where they may be interested in applying, in order to experience the institution first hand. The UCAS process starts in Year 12 for all students who wish to apply for Higher Education. For further information please visit or find some helpful videos on the UCAS youtube channel.

For more information about careers, you could visit an independent website such as

Careers Information & Guidance

CareersInc work in partnership with Serlby Park Academy to deliver external, independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. We have two advisors – Rachel & Vanessa - working with students in Years 7-13.  They provide impartial advice to students on:

  • Planning for the future – if you have a career idea but want to find out the best route for you or if you have no career ideas – they can help you create career ideas around your interests and skills.
  • Choosing your options and what would best suit you.
  • Choosing and applying for a course – college or university.
  • Completing application forms, CVs and letters of application.
  • Finding work or an apprenticeship.
  • Job hunting techniques including mock interviews


During term time they are in school on the following days:

Sean Panting- every Thursday

You can call into the Careers Room at break or lunchtime for a chat or to make an appointment.

Parents/Carers:  If you wish to attend your childs careers interview or just want to chat about their future, please contact Mrs Timmins. 

Useful links/websites for Careers research – interactive careers website. 

For careers information and advice -

National Careers Service – job profiles and support with CVs -

Delta Academies Trust Post 16 Partnership – sixth form courses -

National Apprenticeship Service –

National Citizen Service - a government programme for 16-17 year olds to build confidence and independence - 

Voluntary opportunities -



Careers Event 21.05.2018 

Throughout the year our Careers Team organise different events inviting external organisations into the Academy. Today, we welcomed visitors from Sheffield Hallam University to deliver one hour Careers/Higher Education sessions to our Year 8, 9, 10, 12 & 13 students. 

Years 8 & 9

SHU Bitesize

A food-themed bitesize roadshow session covering, what is HE, courses, entry requirements, sports and societies and brief finance.

Year 10

SHUniversity Challenge

It’s competition time as pupils take part in this cheesy higher education gameshow complete with myth busting university facts and an opportunity to win prizes. Covers courses, making choices, university locations and types, brief finance, budgeting and student life. 

Year 12 & 13

Employability / Interview Skills

Interactive employability skills workshop designed to get students thinking about what employability means, what makes them employable and the skills they might want to develop for employers.