Academy Life

Careers Programme Information

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. The programme is overseen by Ms W Gray, Assistant Head Teacher and our impartial careers advisor is Mrs Pauline Knowles, who may be reached via email on

[email protected]

or by phone on 0121 378 1288


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.

Fairfax Careers Statement

Note to Employers and Education Providers

Note to Education and Training Providers

As part of Fairfax Academy’s commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training routes on offer to them, Fairfax Academy is happy to consider requests from training providers, Vocational education and apprenticeship providers to speak to students and will also approach these partners ourselves when planning organising key Careers events throughout the school year.

In the first instance, providers wishing to speak with students should consult our calendar of Careers events published on the school website as we would welcome their input at our main Careers events throughout the school year.

These events provide ample opportunities to speak to students and parents both individually and in groups to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship routes. These are usually held in the school hall and timings, facilities and parking and registration details are emailed to exhibitors in good time before the event. Enquires about these events can made to Fairfax Academy’s  CEIAG lead at the email address below.

We also have a number of whole year group assembly slots which offer providers a short opportunity to quickly spread the word about their offer. These are 20 minutes slots to a whole year group of around 200 students in our main assembly hall which has a whiteboard projector and speakers for sound. If you are a provider and would like to enquire on the availability of assembly slots please email our CEIAG lead on the details below to request a CEIAG visitor booking form and complete the assembly request section.

If a provider is unable to attend these events or feels that their presentation needs require different circumstances or that they are hosting an event they wish to promote, in the first instance they should contact CEIAG lead at Fairfax Academy via email [email protected] to request a CEIAG visitor booking form.

The CEIAG visitor booking form asks for the role of the training, vocational or apprenticeship provider you represent, the aim of the presentation, if the request is for an assembly slot, the number of students the presentation or session is designed for, the length of the talk or presentation, the target year group for the session or presentation, what display or other facilities the session would require, how many provider staff (and names of staff) that will be visiting and what support from school staff you would require on the day.

All requests should be emailed at least 6 weeks (a school half term) in advance an expected date for the planned session. All requests will be given due consideration by Fairfax Academy’s CEIAG lead and Senior Leadership link and requests will be refused if:

Responses to requests will come from the school CEIAG lead. For requests that are approved, Fairfax Academy will provide clear instructions before the event on visitor parking, visitor registration, a contact member of staff and their contact details, the teaching room or school hall to be used at the session and the presentation facilities this space offers.

As part of Fairfax Academy’s wider CEIAG policy, the range of Careers provision for students is reported every academic year to the school governing body and Headteacher.

If you have questions regarding this or Fairfax Academy’s wider CEIAG statement document, please do not hesitate to contact our CEIAG lead at [email protected]