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. Our impartial careers advisor is Mrs Pauline Knowles, who may be reached via email on or by phone on 0121 378 1288 ext 452

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. This programme is reviewed bi-annually and is due to be reviewed in January 2019.

Fairfax Careers Statement

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: – Our Careers Fayre runs in the autumn term 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. The spring term sees us ‘Meeting the Professionals’ as guest speakers inform our students of the different pathways, including apprenticeships, into various careers.


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.


The main apprenticeship website is ,however,  not all employers advertise on this site.

If there is a particular employer that you are interested in working for then follow them on Twitter as you will then hear first hand when their opportunities become available.

You may find the following websites useful in your search for an apprenticeship.

Working with employers

With the new Gatsby Benchmarks implemented by the government: (, schools need to align their career programmes accordingly.

Here at Fairfax we have already increased our links with local, national and international employers. Over recent years we have worked with local employers such as Seesaws Nursery, Pickford Solicitors and Magic Lantern Media through to national and international employers such as Jessops, Adi Ltd, GVA, WSP, BMW and JLR.

We are, however,  always looking to improve our links. We strive to make connections with all types of businesses so that our students can benefit from a range of career expertise.

If you or your employer would be willing to participate in any of our career events for students from ‘Guessing your job’ through to having a stall at our Career Fair we would be delighted to welcome you here at Fairfax. Please contact stating your company’s name and area of business.

Support for teachers