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Careers and Aspirations

Bexhill Academy is committed to preparing students for the world of work and supporting them to make informed decisions about their future options. In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, titled ‘Good Career Guidance’. Eight benchmarks were identified and these are the core aspects of good careers and enterprise provision – these are referred to throughout our Careers Programme (Gatsby Benchmark 1 - A stable careers programme) and can be viewed on our careers information page.

Further information about the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and support can be found on the following link:

The Careers Leader at Bexhill Academy is Mr Lee Starkey and can be reached at (There is no direct line for Mr Starkey, however please feel free to call reception and be transferred to Ace, where you may be able to reach him when he isn't teaching).  

The information on this page is due to be reviewed in September 2024.

College Events and Information 2022-2023

(Gatsby Benchmark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education)

We are hoping that visits to the local colleges will be possible this academic year.We will also have local colleges and universities in school during parents evenings and year group assemblies.

Please check this page for updates and for links to the events.

Bexhill College

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Institute for Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre)

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Join Our EdYOUcation

East Sussex College Welcome

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Military Preparation College (MPCT)

Start Your Future Today

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Plumpton College

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Year 10 Work Experience

(Gatsby Benchmark 6 - Experiences of workplaces)

Why take part in work experience?

Taking part in work experience offers students a really valuable opportunity to experience the world of work, and encouraging young people to step out of their comfort zone is so important. It encourages them to think about what sort of job and work environment might suit them and to then reflect on the skills and experience that are needed for the work place. It is something really positive that students can include in their CV or personal statement, and it gives them something to talk about at interviews. Above all it can really help to develop confidence, a sense of responsibility and independence.

Aspire Database - Student Manual


Choosing Placement Choices from Aspire

Online tutorials for Aspire

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Focus SB

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Work Experience - A Guide for Parents


Work Experience - A Guide for Students


Work Experience Guidance

Contacting Employers


Work Experience Guidance

Finding your Own Placement


Students with SEN needs and Transition to College 


LMI for all

(Gatsby Benchmark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information)

Labour Market Information (or LMI) can be a confusing concept to begin with but in truth, it’s much simpler than you might think.

LMI can help visual what the job market is like in a particular area of the country, or in a particular industry. It can outline how many people in a given area work within a particular industry (such as manufacturing, or health and social care) and which industries are set to grow in the next few years. This can be very useful when looking at changing careers, or planning future career ideas as it helps identify the likelihood of finding local opportunities in the future.

It can also show the average wages for a location or industry and average working hours to help you make well informed future decisions.

The expert advisers at the National Careers Service can help you understand the LMI in your area for free– call anytime between 8am and 10pm everyday on 0800 100 900 for free, impartial advice.

LMI For All

How much could you earn?

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Our new careers on-line platform preparing you for the next steps in life

Morrisby - On Line Careers Platform

Use this code: MC986KHL to sign up. Please use your school email in the email section.

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Informed Choices - The Russell Group

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.

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Choose Your Future - Explore your options, apply to university, and more

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CEIAG policies

CEIAG Policy


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Latest research shows that as well as online support, young people want face-to-face advice and guidance from businesses when they are starting to think about their future career. Building on our work to improve our students career aspirations, we are working with local business Hastings Direct, so that our Year 9 and 10 students can experience Futuready, a programme of inspirational events focussing on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability.

A collaboration between Hastings Direct and social enterprise Humanutopia, the Futuready Programme positively impacts and shapes the future workforce at the same time as offering businesses a fantastic opportunity to make a tangible, measurable and life changing difference to local young people. Futuready focusses on qualities and life skills that support qualifications and success. In a mixture of larger group work, smaller breakout groups and 1-2-1 sessions, the young people and business volunteers are able share their views, day-to-day issues and concerns, and aspirations for the future. The students are invited to look at the influences of others, peer pressure and the culture of conformity and will reflect on their attitude, behaviour and impact on themselves and others.

Futuready helps young people to understand what positive changes they need to make in order to realise their aspirations and what qualities are required to be successful in business and the workplace. Business volunteers from Hastings Direct provide support and advice throughout the Futuready journey, acting as positive role models and guides, and helping to inspire the students with their ideas and encouragement.

Bringing the corporate community to students who are preparing for their next career steps, Futuready is designed to support young people on their life journey and open their eyes to the world of work and the possibilities it can bring.

Futuready Programme Objectives are to:

  • Build stronger, more sustainable relationships between businesses and schools, colleges and universities
  • Encourage increased business mentoring at schools in Sussex and Surrey
  • Develop the life skills and employability skills of young people
  • Create peer-to-peer networking opportunities for young people
  • Connect schools, providing opportunities to share best practice in CEIAG
  • Establish more meaningful work experience opportunities for young people
  • Educate young people and teaching staff on the effective use of the employability microsites
  • Inspire young people to think seriously about their futures and all of the opportunities available to them
  • Enhance the employer profile of the businesses involved in the programme and improve their long term employee pipeline

A bit about Humanutopia…

Humanutopia is a social business that creates and runs inspirational courses in schools for students and staff. Their courses are based on personal, social and workplace skills development, and improve the hope, confidence, happiness, relationships, and employability of participating students.

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Keep in Touch Days 

What people say about us:

"Thank you, we are extremely grateful for the staff's time and efforts to organise all the community events you host."

"Bexhill Academy is a great school that listens to parents and takes appropriate action."

"I love going to school here, the staff are great and I get lots of opportunities to do things I am good at."

"An amazing supportive school! "

"Great support from the school to get our kids through their exams. Really going above and beyond. "

"Thank you to all of the staff who have put on after-school or extra revision sessions. They have been really beneficial. The commitment to support students get through their GCSEs is amazing!"