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The academy believes that every individual should be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and that this preparation should be an important and distinctive element of the curriculum. 

The academy will ensure that each student’s curriculum is broad and balanced to meet career aspirations as they develop, and that there will be equality of access to all teaching and learning strategies irrespective of gender, race, creed and ability.  This will be achieved through consultation with the Local Board of Governors, teachers, students, parents/ carers, and the statutory Independent and impartial careers advice commissioned by the academy

There is a comprehensive careers programme throughout the academy, beginning in Year 7. Work experience is undertaken by Years 10 and 12 during Term 5 and support is given to our students in their post-16 applications. Students follow a Careers Education & Guidance course as part of the PSHE curriculum. All students in Year 11 have access to our independent Careers Advisor for a guidance meeting and will receive a personalised action plan. All other year groups can make a self-referral if they wish to speak to the advisor. Lunchtime drop-in sessions are also available.

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In Years 10 and 11 all students will follow Essex County Council’s Employability for Life charter.  It provides full information about a student’s qualifications, abilities, achievements and experiences and thus provides a full record of his or her academic life.  This document becomes the property of the student and may be shown to prospective employers.  Students will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold EfL certificate once external moderation has taken place. 


Throughout their time at Greensward, students are given an understanding of industry in its wider sense, learning how companies are structured and function.  They are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of occupations via personal contacts with industry representatives; visits to various work places; Industry Day, work experience in Years 10 and 12 and the Insight into Leadership event in Year 12.  

Greensward Academy has established a number of strong links with a number of companies, both local and national and these include the British Transport Police, Essex Fire & Rescue, Anglian Water, Southend University Hospital, The British Army and South Essex College. 

The academy currently holds the RoQA (Recognition of Quality Award) for Work Related Learning and also for Careers Education, Advice and Guidance.  

Contacts:  Mrs L Vitone, Careers and Alt Ed Co-ordinator (   
                Mrs A Young, Work experience enquiries and careers interview bookings (      

 National Careers Service  Essex County Council  UCAS

 National Apprenticeship Website  plotr  Get in Go Far



Greensward Academy was one of the chosen schools in the Rochford area to host a Career option programme for Year 9 students about to embark on choosing their GCSEs. The aim of the day was for students to experience different possible industries they can gain work in i.e; Health care, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics. The students received talks from employees from; Hollands, Ford, NHS and DP world who discussed the possible roles within their organisations, qualifications of that role and the type of personal skills needed within that role.  After each talk the students were faced with a challenge from that industry.  The most exciting activity of the day was when students had to build a tall structure with marshmallows and spaghetti, that was able to withhold the weight of two cream eggs. The day was very enjoyable and all the students said how informative the programme was.  We also had a number of students who were awarded a certificate, for their outstanding input throughout the day, the students were Kyan Tasker, Elsie Gibb, Yasmin Rose, Toby Kempton, Jack Bracken, Aaron Sealy.