Leeds West Academy


Careers & Work Experience

Careers Team

Janie Jennings - Assistant Principal - Personal Development


Janie Jennings qualified as a Design & Technology teacher specialising in Fashion & Textiles after completing a BSC(Hons) in Textile Technology and a 16-year career working in the Textiles Industry. After completing a PGCE in Design Technology with a specific focus on Textiles, she began teaching at Intake High School in 2002 and on completing her NQT year, she became Assistant Area Leader, primarily focussing on the work-related learning subjects in the faculty.


She then became Area Leader for Design Technology & WRL at Leeds West Academy, where she led the department into improving the GCSE A* - C range. The main focus was to provide a broad curriculum of design and work-related qualifications, which prepared students for STEM-related careers. She also introduced vocational subjects to options; Hair & Beauty, Childcare and Health & Social Care have become very popular subjects at KS4.


Janie became Assistant Principal responsible for Physical, Social, Health, Citizenship & Economic education (PSHCE) and Work Related Curriculum at the Academy in September 2016, and is fully focussed on improving the delivery of PSHCE so that all students at Leeds West Academy acquire the knowledge of how to become a well-rounded young person, fully equipped with the skills and qualities needed to have positive relationships, a rewarding career and economic success.

Janie has assumed responsibility for the Personal Development of students through all learning outside the classroom promoting extra-curricular and educational trips/visits, Transition, Student Leadership, a personalised careers programme for all, the house system, and all aspects of PSHE, SRE, Citizenship and RE.

Judah Chandra - Go Higher Progression Officer


Judah works as a part of Go Higher West Yorkshire in school. Go Higher West Yorkshire is part of the government’s Uni Connect programme to improve access to, success in and progression from higher education, for those from under-represented groups. He organises a wide range of career and aspirational activities for students, ranging from assemblies, 1-1 careers appointments with students, trips out to careers fairs, local universities, and local businesses, parents’ evenings, online careers resources, online tutoring, in-school workshops and after school sports sessions with Leeds United. He is a key link in school for employers, charities and Universities to connect with the school, and he has brought high profile people into school to inspire students, such as the Leeds West MP, Rachel Reeves, the NHS director Phillip Marshall, and the Geosciences lecturer, Bill Mcaffrey. He is also involved with setting the curriculum on school drop down days to ensure Leeds West Academy students are inspired, equipped, and ready to progress into the next stage of their careers.


As part of his role, certain data from students is collected in a secure manner for the government to track student destinations. You have the right to opt out by contacting ghwy@leeds.ac.uk.


More details are in the GHWY HEAT privacy notice which can be accessed in the Key Documents section below


Jackie Danby - Careers Adviser

Jackie Danby is a qualified L7 Careers Adviser who provides the following in school:


  • All year 11 students will be offered an individual interview with the Careers Adviser to discuss post 16 options. Years 7 – 10 can also arrange an appointment with the Adviser. The interviews aim is to inform, inspire and raise aspirations. Parents / Carers can request an appointment or phone call. 
  • Introductory assembly talks delivered by the Adviser. Talks arranged with post 16 providers to increase student’s awareness of opportunities available. 
  • Available to discuss options at parents evenings and option choice events 
  • Links developed with employers, training providers, FE and sixth form schools and colleges. 
  • To provide the most up to date information for students in the Careers room, including prospectuses and careers software. Helping students to use the resources. 
  • Advocate for students re post 16 options. 
  • NEET (not in education, employment or training) follow ups and advice and guidance offered to those ex students 

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.??We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. 

We work hard across the academy in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employer’s value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.?

Leeds West is committed to carrying out the Department of Education’s Career strategy guidance for school from January 2018, making the most of everyone’s talents from December 2017 

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require.  

We are committed to the vision laid out in the Department of Education January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that: 

  • The academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader Mrs Jennings.
  • The academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events.
  • The academy offers every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11. We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and employers require.
  • The academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision. Please see the next section for more information.
Gatsby Benchmark How we achieve this


Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.


Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Every student, 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.


Up- to -date LMI available on the school website. The students and parents will be supported to make best use of post 16 study options information. LMI information will be available that is relevant both nationally and locally. 


Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. 


The schools careers programme will embed equality and diversity throughout. It will challenge stereotypes and enable students to make informed choices. 


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.

Information will be available for teachers to link curriculum learning. Posters are available that link subjects to career paths. 


Every student 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. 


Visiting guest speakers attend assemblies and class talks. Opportunities for encounters with employers on space days including mock interviews.  Students have the opportunity to visit careers fairs and apprenticeship events. 

Every student 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. 


Visits to employers to be aware of different opportunities and raise aspirations. Year 10 work experience  

All students 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. 


Open events at further education colleges for students and parents. Visits arranged to local colleges and universities. Guest speakers attend assemblies, parent’s events and space days. 

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career 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 students but should be timed to meet their individual needs. 


Students have the opportunity for guidance interviews with a L7 Qualified Careers Adviser. Drop in sessions available at lunchtimes and after school. The Careers Adviser attends parent’s evenings. 

Key Documents


Provider Access Policy Careers Programme 2020-2021
CEIAG Policy Student Entitlement
GHWY HEAT Privacy Notice


Post-16 options- information for students and parents


How does it all work? - Post 16 Options


Personal Statement


Paragraph 1 - Introduction to the subject

  • Where you want to study and why. This can be changed for each application?
  • Why do you want to study your chosen course?
  • Specific aspects of the course that interests you.
  • If you are studying at GCSE let the college know how much you enjoy / are good at this subject.
  • If it is new subjects explain why you are interested, you can relate if it is relevant to a potential career.
  • If you have a career idea explain why this subject would be useful / relevant.

Paragraph 2 - Introduction to the subject

  • Work experience or Voluntary work in this area.
  • Helping out at school events and open days.
  • Part time job.
  • Charity work.
  • Work experience completed in Year 10.

Paragraph 3 - Skills and give examples

  • Good communicator including listening.
  • Can work well in a team, or individually.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Forward thinking and versatile.
  • Time management- ability to work to deadlines. Plan and prepare work.
  • Attendance- put if this is excellent or very good.
  • Timekeeping- punctual arriving at school and to lessons on time.
  • Leader do you take the initiative and lead groups.
  • Flexible and adaptable.

Paragraph 4 - Achievements

  • Duke of Edinburgh award.
  • Prefect.
  • Examples of awards e.g sporting or drama award.

Paragraph 5 Hobbies/ Interests

  • What do you like to do in your free time e.g sport / captain?
  • Musical Instruments you play.

Finish with a closing comment; this might be how keen you are to go to that college

Send to Miss Danby if you want me to check danby.j@whiteroseacademies.org

START Careers Online Platform

Start is a student experience that will allow you to make informed decisions about career options and job opportunities. Start will help you to discover your future and navigate your journey through education into the world of work and training. Your knowledge about different opportunities will increase year by year.

You will be able to continue to use Start throughout your school life. The programme will help to motivate and inspire you towards your future goal.

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

Start includes: A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information. Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time. Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work. Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs. Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Start overview video:

Key Websites

University courses and Higher Education information

The links below are helpful websites to find out about what universities are out there and to start exploring what courses you may be interested in.



UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression.



Go Higher West Yorkshire is a consortium of Higher Education (HE) providers in our local area, working together to ensure that higher education in all its forms is open to all who can benefit, regardless of background. The core aim of the partnership is to connect partners to improve access to, success in and progression from higher education, for those from under-represented groups.


Discover Uni is there to help you search and find the right courses for you. There’s lots to choose from, so it’s important you do your research. Use their course search to find and compare information and data for individual undergraduate courses across the UK.


The website brings together a wealth of video resources by us and universities across the UK in one place.


This is the main government website to apply to apprenticeships.


This website provides helpful information on what apprenticeships are and showcases the range of apprenticeships that are on offer.

Job profiles

The websites below will help you search professions and see what the routes are to get there and key headline figures such as working hours and wages.

Prospects use insight into what graduates do, where they go and what their motivations are to guide and inspire career choices throughout the student journey.

This is the main government website which provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

A quick and easy Careers quiz to help you start thinking about what careers would be best suited to your skills and interests.


Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV and learn transferrable skills at the same time. See below for volunteering opportunities in Leeds.


Doing Good Leeds

Local Market information

What is Labour Market Information?

Labour market information (LMI) is information about the current economic and employment situation, and is relevant when you are looking into career and employment options. LMI includes data on graduate destinations, average-starting salaries, current trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns.

Future Goals

The future goals website is run by he Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is a good source of information on the local labour market, so students and parents can see what the growth sectors are in the local economy to help them think about which jobs they would like to do in the future. See the website here to find key information about the following sectors: Creative, Digital, Heath and Social Care, Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering, and Financial and Professional Service.

You can view the main booklet here

START Website

Once students log into the START website, they can then see what local colleges and universities are around based on student interests.


Create a profile or login here

Key Local Market Information


LMI for ALL widget

Please use the widget below to type in a profession to see the predicted growth for that sector over the next few years.

The Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Parent/Carer Information

Top tips on supporting your child

As the key influencers in your child’s decision making it is important that you can offer support with choices. Learning more about post 16 – options can help you to understand the choices available. Here are a few ideas:

  • Find out about the choices your son / daughter has to make. This may start with GCSE option choices or post 16 options.
  • Discuss careers in general; find out what they are interested in, their strengths and skills.
  • Attend open events at colleges, school sixth forms and apprenticeships.
  • Check websites that are listed on the school website.
  • Speak to the Careers Adviser at your son / daughters parents evening.
  • Encourage your son / daughter to speak to the Careers Adviser in school. They can drop in at lunchtimes (year groups have allocated days) / arrange an appointment via their tutor.
  • The Careers Adviser offers one to one careers advice to all year 11 students.

Your money matters booklet

See this link for a helpful booklet aimed at equipping young people in dealing with money and understanding the world of personal finances.

Careers in the curriculum


See document link for how school subjects link to specific apprenticeships

START Website

Once students log into the START website, they can then see what local colleges and universities are around based on student interests.


Create a profile or login here


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