Hollinwood Academy

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We aim to provide our young people with clear, evidence based employment pathways with opportunities for volunteering.

We give our pupils the guidance and knowledge around post 16 careers and employment to help them with their decision making.

Hollinwood Academy aims to follow the eight Gatsby benchmarks.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from careers and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Employability – Primary

The primary curriculum is delivered through HRE using Kapow and the PSHRE Association resources.

The employability and careers lessons at primary are covered in the Economic Well Being topics within the HRE scheme.

Employability – KS3

The curriculum is delivered through RSE and the EHCP intervention lessons, the topics are:

Year 7 – Financial decision making (saving, borrowing, budgeting & making choices, careers, teamwork & enterprise skills, raising aspirations)

Year 8 – Digital Literacy (Online Safety, Digital literacy, media reliability, gambling hooks)

Year 9 – Setting Goals (Learning Strengths, career options and goal setting as a part of the GCSE options process)

Employability – KS4

The curriculum is delivered through Employability and the RSE lessons that are differentiated depending on ability and final outcomes.

Some of the topics are:

Keeping safe online, digital footprint, CV writing, How to revise, Application form filling in.

Local employer links are used to help deliver some of these sessions as well as workplace safaris and mock interviews.



Vicky McManus, who is Hollinwood Academy’s designated careers advisor meets with students every Thursday to give regular careers advice. Students start to meet with Vicky from year 9 onwards


As a part of the employability qualification, students are given the opportunity to participate in work experience. 


College visits to support transition

As KS4 students prepare to leave Hollinwood Academy, students visit colleges within and outside the MAT with the support from the staffing and pastoral team.

More information on careers can be found here: 


Careers Programme & Impact Statement 

Hollinwood Academy Compass Report - Jan 2024

Hollinwood Academy Moving On Report - 2023

Hollinwood Academy Compass Report – Feb 2023

Hollinwood Academy Moving On Booklet –Year 11 Summer 2021 Leavers

Career Sector Information 

 Green Economy SectorFinancial Technology Sector 

Emergency Services Sector 

Education Sector

Creative Cultural Sector  

Digital Sector  

Construction Sector  

Accounting, Finance and Law Sector