Transition & Careers

Transition & Careers



Please click here for a copy of our Milestone Academy Access Statement 2019


The principal aim at Milestone Academy is to prepare all of our young people for life beyond school and college. Students need to develop an awareness of themselves as individuals and be made aware of the opportunities that are available to them in their future. We pride ourselves at Milestone Academy that we prepare the students for their adult life and the transition from full time education into the world beyond the Academy. Structured careers education provides students with focused opportunities for personal and social development which supports transition into the adult world.

Ofsted have recently investigated the importance of young people gaining good quality  Impartial and Independent Career Education, Information and Guidance throughout their education. It is well known that young people who have focused career ideas will achieve more through their adult life.


  • Students will have access to a wide variety of appropriate careers information
  • Students develop knowledge of the different options that are open to them after year 11 and year 14
  • Students and families have the relevant support and guidance so that they feel fully informed about the opportunities open to their young person
  • Students develop an awareness and understanding of different roles in the workplace
  • Students will be informed of the differences between school, college and work
  • Students will begin to have an understanding of the concept of equal opportunities in relation to gender, ethnicity, socio-economic group, ability/disability and occupational choice
  • Students will develop an understanding of differences between work and leisure and how to present themselves differently depending on the circumstances
  • Students will be supported and prepared to make choices and discuss the importance of a back-up plan just in case their first choice proves prohibitive
  • Student will develop the skills and confidence to help them make realistic and informed choices about their future in consultation with others.
  • Students will be supported to complete an application form and prepare a Curriculum Vitae as required
  • Students will be given the opportunity to develop their full potential at school
  • Students will be given the opportunity to decide on post-16 options along with others
  • Students in 6th Form take part in work experience both in school and with external providers
  • Adult support is provided by the Academy if appropriate to support students on external work placements
  • Students will be given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the world of work within the careers education programme
  • Students are given the opportunity to complete ASDAN units developing their skills for the world of work, delivered as part of the curriculum
  • Students will be supported to be aware of their abilities, skills, qualities, needs and values and explore how these may relate to different job areas
  • Students will be supported to develop a positive self-image and have the ability to feel positive about their own future prospects
  • Students will be prepared by increasing their level of self-confidence about the world of work and the role of employers
  • Students may be given the opportunity to access a supported internship if appropriate


Annual Careers Day

Each April Milestone Academy hold an annual Careers Event which students in the secondary years and their families are encouraged to attend. It is an opportunity for students and families to speak to external providers including local FE providers, independent specialist colleges, residential care providers, support agencies and service providers about the different provision that may be available to them when they leave Milestone Academy. At the careers day it is an opportunity for families to gather information and to establish if the different providers can meet the needs of the young person.


Careers Education 

Students receive a comprehensive careers education programme which is within the curriculum and following the Gatsby Benchmarks. Our students have the opportunity of individual and group career guidance. Our students have an access to accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive careers information appropriate levels and through a wide variety of media. We aim to offer a bespoke curriculum so that all students can access the different vocational courses if there is a specific interest. This may lead to vocational qualifications. Students have opportunities to listen to external speakers who will come into the Academy and talk to students positively about the opportunities that are available to them after year 14.

When I grow up

Milestone academy were previously involved with a National ‘When I grow up’ project, supporting young people to be aspirational regarding future employment. This project has now been completed but has left a lasting legacy regarding supporting pupils to develop career paths leading to employment.

Transition to Adult Life useful websites

Entitlement and Timescales

During your time at Milestone Academy you are entitled to:

  • A careers education programme: lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days
  • Regular feedback on your academic progress and how to improve so that you can achieve your goals
  • Support to develop better self-awareness so that you can recognise your own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities
  • Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open day, jobs, colleges, and apprenticeships
  • Independent information, advice and guidance on your future career when you leave Milestone Academy
  • An understanding of the opportunities that are available and how to access them, so you can make positive decisions for your future
  • Access to Independent and Impartial Guidance so that you can make choices and plans that are best for you
  • A transition plan so you can plan your future with our help
  • Access to comprehensive, user-friendly web-based information to help you when making decisions
  • Support with letters of application, filling in forms etc
  • Help with choices in years 9, 11 and 14

Who can help?

  • Class teachers
  • Phase leaders and Assistant Principals
  • Careers Adviser