The Government’s careers strategy, published on 4 December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. At Fairfax, we aim to support our students throughout their time here in finding the right options for them at Post-16 and Post-18. We are proud of the high numbers of our students going on to positive destinations such as universities, apprenticeships, further education colleges, technical employment routes, in order to be the very best they can be in life.

Fairfax students in all year groups have access to a planned and progressive Careers Education programme. Many opportunities are provided for students to consider their own career planning, as students have full access to impartial careers advice and guidance. Fairfax works in partnership with external sources to inspire and raise career aspirations.   Both Post-16 and Post-18 providers work with the school to engage with learners at school, ensuring that they are aware of a full range of post-school opportunities.


Opportunities available include:-

Careers Advisor: – one-to-one appointments with an impartial Careers Advisor. The advisor is also present on important options evenings for Year 8 and Year 11 as well as both Year 12 and Year 13 parent evenings, to speak with parents and students.

Guidance Lessons: – students in Year 7 and Year 8 receive Careers Education through Guidance lessons, covering topics such as: KS4 Choices; Career pathways; Work in the Local Area; Steps to Success; Learning Styles; Self-employment.

Tutor Time: – Students in all years receive guidance in tutor time on topics such as:- CV Writing; Payday Loans; Debit and Credit; Mortgages; CVs; Work Experience

Careers Events: – In previous years, Fairfax has participated in the Careers Fayre in Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. We have now brought this event in-house so all students in KS4&5 attend. Our Careers Fayre runs in October and sees employers such as the Civil Service, ErnstYoung, Jaguar Landrover and Specsavers in attendance. Many local colleges, universities and private training providers are also invited making the event a one stop shop for young people to ask questions and gain valuable information about their future. A similar event focusing on apprenticeships is organised in the spring term. This provides an opportunity for would be apprentices to link with local employers and gain employment before leaving school.


Opportunities available include:-

We also support our students through:

Enrichment Days: – External providers such as the Military Preparation College, UCAS, EEF Manufacturers have helped with enrichment days offering different career related workshops. In 2016 we held a practice interview afternoon for Year 11s with over 27 local employers staying to put our students through a mock interview. In addition to this internal sessions on ‘Discovering your ideal career’ and ‘Preparing for the world of work, are also delivered by our Careers team.

For Year 12 and 13, a specialised programme is in place for each of the Enrichment Days that supports all students no matter where they choose to go after A Levels:  Sixth Form Enrichment Programme for 2017-2018

Extra Provision: – A wide range of extra provision is offered to students, where-by students can develop employability skills, as well as trips where students can see how the world of work functions in subjects/areas they are interested in.

E.g. Guest speakers from local businesses for students of Economics and Health and Social Care (Y12); Duke of Edinburgh Award (Y9-13); Arête Outdoor Education week (Y8);Theatre trips for Drama students; Geography trip to Iceland (Y12-13); Oxford University trip (Y11);  City Council trip; Skills Show at NEC (Y10); Battlefields trip to Belgium (Y9); German language trip to Cologne (Y8); French language trip to Paris (Y8); Humanities visit to Ironbridge (Y7); Wolf Mountain Outdoor education trip (Y7); Vue Cinema visit for Business Studies students (Y12, 13)

House Council:- Members of the House Council gain valuable employability skills through their regular meetings, which discuss a wide variety of whole school as well as global issues.

Useful information for both students and parents/carers

We hope that the following documents and links are useful in helping students and their parents with their discussions about the future.

Students can contact our Careers Advisor, Mrs Knowles via email on

Destinations data

This section provides destinations data about what Fairfax students do when they leave school. The official figures are in the link above. Students’ university destinations are also mapped out in the above link. It is so wonderful to see so many of our students go on to study at so many different higher educational institutions.