Careers Education

Our Careers Programme Vision And Strategy

The Wellington Academy Careers logo.

Students CAN:

Challenge and be challenged to develop employability skills, independence, courage and confidence through our integrated careers programme.

Aspire to a bright future that is well-informed and transcends barriers by being inquisitive about options and opportunities, accessing up-to-date LMI, career-planning tools, advice and well-developed career plans.

Increase and utilise their network effectively by meeting a diverse range of employers and education providers to increase their ambition and discover the range of pathways on offer from this.

The programme is built around the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks that have been well-researched and commended by the Government.


We run a number of careers and work-related learning events throughout the school year. At appropriate times we also run trips to Further Education Colleges, Universities and Higher Education and Apprenticeship fairs as well as to subject-focused careers events.

Careers Activities By Year Group

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13

Careers Partnerships


We are working in partnership with Skills Builder and their Universal Framework to support our pupils in the development of their essential skills for life.


We work closely with Unifrog – The universal destinations platform. which provides careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place. All our students have a Unifrog account so they can Sign In

The Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) Programme

WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) is one of 29 regional partnerships within the Uni Connect Programme which aims to increase social mobility by raising awareness of Higher Education (HE) opportunities and progression pathways for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We work closely with our WIN Higher Education Adviser, empowering our students to overcome barriers and explore their future options and routes into education.

Students, parents/carers and teachers can find fantastic careers support and advice on the WIN website.

The Careers Team

Catherine Young

Careers Leader, WIN HE Adviser & Level 6 Professional Careers Adviser

Dave Bissington

SLT Careers Link

Penny Hockley

Careers Coordinator

Shelly Willis

Level 6 Professional Careers Adviser

Curriculum Careers Champions

Student Careers Ambassadors

Mark Freeta

Careers School Governor

Rob Dawkins

Enterprise Adviser Business Development Manager for RACPD

Rob provides support and guidance on developing our annual careers plan, attending our careers events and offering opportunities to students to engage with a local employer in the community.

Jaime Williamson

Enterprise Coordinator

Enterprise Coordinators are trained professionals who work with clusters of 20 schools and colleges to build careers plans and make connections to local and national employers.

Employers and Education Providers

Thank you to all the employers and education providers who already support The Wellington Academy. We really appreciate the time and effort that you give to our school and our students benefit greatly from your contribution.

We always welcome volunteers and support from the local business and education community.

If you are interested in getting involved or working with our students there are numerous opportunities for you to do so throughout the year. You can find details of this on our TWA Careers Programme Dates Summary 2023-2024. You can register your interest in the various areas of the careers programme via the Opportunities form.

Please also refer to the Provider Access Statement and contact Penny Hockley, Careers Coordinator at if you would like to find out more.

Before a visit to The Wellington Academy to work with our pupils, you will need to read our SAFEGUARDING GUIDE FOR VISITORS.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TWA Careers Policy, Vision and Strategy

For more information about our Careers Policy and Strategy, please refer to the following documents.

If you would like more information about The Wellington Academy Careers Programme, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Penny Hockley on or 01264 405060.

TWA - Careers in Focus

The latest Wellington Academy newsletter contains some great articles relating to careers and these can be accessed directly by tapping the images below.