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I am very proud to introduce myself as the Careers Leader at the Hessle Academy.

If you wish to contact me, please use the email address below. I will respond to you in due course. 



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  • WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

    Published 03/05/22

    An important part of the Careers Leader role is to track destination data for three years once the students have left Hessle High School. It is great to see where our students have progressed on to study, train and begin employment. Not only do we use this information to enrich our careers programme by inviting alumni to speak to our students, but we also use this information to help with evaluating and developing our careers programme to ensure that our students have access and meaningful encounters with a wide range of training providers and employers in order to raise aspirations and support them to make well-informed decisions. This half-term, Year 11 students will be given a Destination Data Consent Form to complete in order to give permission to be contacted once they leave school this summer. 

    Please see below the destination data for our Year 11 2021 leavers:




    FE College



    School Sixth Form



    Other Sixth Form College



    Apprenticeship / Traineeship / Employment - Training






    Whilst tracking the Year 11 students this year, it was brilliant to see that so many had sorted their post-16 applications by February half-term. I have been picking up and supporting those who needed additional support and it was great to speak to a number of parents at the Year 11 Parents Information Evening. Parental engagement plays a vital role in supporting our young people with their transition and this key milestone in their lives.

    Our external Careers Advisor, Graeme Peart has been conducting careers guidance interviews with our Year 10 students, we are almost through the full cohort who will be given the opportunity for follow up interviews during Year 11. We will be moving onto Year 12 careers guidance interviews w/c 23 May to discuss post-18 plans and ideas. A reminder that our Careers Advisor is in school every Tuesday and Wednesday and available for lunchtime drop-ins in the ground floor careers office.

    We celebrated National Careers Week (NCW) w/c 7 March across all departments. The focus of NCW this year was ‘My Teacher's Journey’ since leaving school. Did you know the average person changes jobs ‘12 times’ in their lifetime? It was great to hear the excitement from the students when they heard about some of the different jobs our teachers have done prior to teaching, you may have seen some of the pictures on Twitter… Did you know that Mr Minns (Maths) was a politician and Miss Lewis (Art) was a welder? I have continued to work with different subject departments, focusing on the importance of linking curriculum learning to careers. Last half-term I met with Maths, English, PSHE, History and Sociology and we have also been increasing our links with external businesses, companies and professionals within the Technology department. Networking is an important part to developing our careers programme and enhancing our students' experiences.

    Preparations are underway for our Year 10 Careers Week in June. Students were given a ‘My Future’ Post-16 Questionnaire to complete during tutor-time, highlighting what additional support they need with regards to post-16 options, post-18, sectors/industries and personal support. This information is used as part of the planning process and will enable us to create a week of diverse activities and bespoke timetables.

    It was a busy half-term for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as both our bronze and silver students completed training expeditions in preparation for their final expedition this term. The silver students had a tough three days in very cold conditions, and covered over 30 miles on foot. They were responsible for navigating their way across arduous terrain, including two nights camping where they had to construct tents and cook their own food to fuel themselves for the three day expedition. The bronze students spent two days covering a total distance of 14 miles in the local area of Barton upon Humber and North Ferriby. Both weekends have given the students an insight into what’s to come next month… Hopefully we have some warmer weather.

    Within the careers tutor-programme we have continued to look at labour market information within a variety of jobs including more recently; animal welfare, dentistry, and crime scenes. Students also learnt about health and safety laws and the importance of following rules, regulations and procedures within a workplace. Some of the top 10 most dangerous jobs for accidents at work (2021) included construction, farming, manufacturing, nursing and office/admin. Staff and students shared some of the ‘accident at work’ stories they have heard over the years… you certainly need to be aware of risk and keep your wits about you!

    Finally, Prison Me No Way (PMNW) returned for the third time this academic year to deliver their engaging workshops to our Year 9 students, this is one of the many highlights within the calendar and it’s a great opportunity to hear from employers from a number of organisations including the Prison Service, Police, St Johns Ambulance and the Youth Justice Service.

    Upcoming Careers Events:

    • Thursday 5 May: Y8 Ambition Day
    • Tuesday 17 May: Y9 Enterprise Day
    • w/c 27 June: Y10 Careers Week 
    • Tuesday 28 June: Y10 Enterprise Day

    Take Care

    Miss H Lawes

    Career Leader


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  • WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

    Published 04/03/22

    Last half term was certainly a busy one with regards to careers activities, but I’m pleased to be saying this after the last two years of Covid disruptions we’ve had, it finally feels like we are starting to get back to some normality.

    One of the main highlights of the last half term was our Year 11 Mock Interview Day. This has always been a date in the calendar that our students and staff look forward to and we really did miss this last year, but we were pleased to get the event up and running again and welcome back many of our external visitors to interview our Year 11 students. We had over 40 employers support our event and conduct interviews from a wide variety of professions including electrical engineers, doctors, social workers, armed forces, police, construction workers, animal care, sports coaches and catering to name a few.

    It was fantastic to hear the positive feedback from the professionals and they spoke highly of our students. We should all be very proud of how well they conducted themselves and it goes without saying how smart the students looked in preparation for their interview. The feedback from the students was very positive with 96% saying they enjoyed the interview experience and their encounter with the external employer and 98% of students said they will take the advice and guidance given to them during their feedback session and use this in the future.

    A big thank you to all of our external visitors who supported the event, we couldn’t run events like this without you, thank you for giving up your time and sharing your invaluable experience and knowledge with our students!

    In order to prepare students for the event we ran CV sessions after school on Wednesdays, the CV’s were used as part of the interview process. These sessions have now changed to be ‘Application Support’ for those students who have not yet completed their post-16 applications for September 2022. Next week in tutor, Year 11 students will be completing a ‘Post-16 Destination Form’ and this will enable me to see which students have completed their post-16 applications and those students who need additional support with this in their final few months at school. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or your child needs any support: 

    Year 11 students have now received their ‘offer letters’ for Hessle Sixth Form, informing them whether or not they have received a place and any next steps to take.

    It has also been a busy few months for our Year 9 students as they have now chosen their KS4 options to study in Years 10 and 11. The deadline for options forms was the last day of term Friday 18 February and interviews will take place with students to discuss their chosen subjects.

    In order to support the students with making their decisions, they attended the Year 9 Options Fair in January and this gave them the opportunity to see what courses are available and to gain information about what they entail, how the courses are run, hear from previous students who have studied the subject and where this can lead to post-16 and onwards.

    Year 9 students also attended a ‘Future Forward’ performance which was funded by the University of Hull and delivered by ‘Performance in Education’. The focus of the performance was to raise aspirations and motivate students regardless of their background and the importance of planning for a successful future. It focussed on GCSE’s, Post 16 & 18 pathways and the many different options available.

    Finally, we also had a presentation delivered by Moj from PUSH Talks, and this was an inspirational talk that focused on transferable skills and making the most of your time in school, as well as attending extra-curricular activities and developing skills that can help you to sell yourself in the future. 

    The DofE is one of the activities that we run at Hessle High school which develops some fantastic life skills and we are back up and running with a new cohort of Year 9 students and it’s great to see so many students and staff wanting to get involved in this impactful programme.

    On Thursday 10 February, Year 7 & 8 students took part in the STEM Roadshow. The topic for this presentation was ‘Magnetism’ and links were made to careers within STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), BAE Systems (Engineering) and the MOD (Navy and RAF). The performance was fun and interactive and it was great to see the whole year group come together in the Main Hall to take part and join in.

    We celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) as part of our tutor careers programme w/c 7 February and this included information, activities and videos from people who have taken this post-16/18 pathway... Did you know, Jamie Oliver started out as an apprentice in catering and Elvis Presley trained as an apprentice electrician before his rise to fame! Many more apprenticeship vacancies for our students to apply to are now becoming available as we head into the spring onwards, please make sure you check out the ‘Y11 Careers Info’ page on Google Classroom as opportunities are frequently shared on here.

    We have a number of additional programmes that are taking place in school for selected Year 10 students and these include the Mindspan Programme and the Scholars Programme… and for the first time this year we have Year 7 students taking part in the Scholars Programme. The Mindspan programme focuses on techniques to build a more positive mindset, resilience, learning to take responsibility and planning / setting goals for the future. And as part of the Scholars Programme, students will experience small group university-style lectures delivered by a PhD University tutor, giving them an experience of university-level learning.

    Upcoming Events:

    Humber Energy Skills Training Academy Apprenticeship Recruitment Event - Thursday 10 March, 4:30 - 6:30pm

    Open Event - Tuesday 15 March, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    Hull College - Apprenticeship Vacancies

    Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Vacancies with SWIFT Group LTD

    John Leggott College: Annual Careers and Progression Fair - Thursday 24 March 2022

    Hull College Open Events

    East Riding College Open Events

    Bishop Burton Taster Sessions

    Take Care

    Miss H Lawes

    Career Leader


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  • WEEK 15 - Friday 7 January 2022

    Published 10/01/22
    At the beginning of last half term, we felt like things were calming down with regards to Covid (or so it began that way) and we were able to deliver our Year 7 All About Me Day as planned on Thursday 4 November. The day was full of different worksho
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  • WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

    Published 04/11/21

    It was great to welcome our students back after the summer break and we certainly hit the ground running with their careers journey. In order to prepare the students for the year ahead, last half term I delivered a careers assembly to each year group, discussing the importance of Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) - learning about the world, different job opportunities and career paths, as well as the different routes of study. Students were provided with information, useful websites see here  and key contacts within the school. We discussed the Careers Programme of events in which students will take part in throughout the year, which can be found here: Careers Programme and these events will support and prepare our students to make well-informed decisions at different stages of their career journey, including choosing their KS4 options during Y9 and applying for post-16 destinations during Y11. 

    Our Y11 students have a big year ahead of them, as not only will they be preparing for their GCSE exams, but students will be completing their applications for their post-16 destination, this may include Hessle Sixth Form College, other Sixth Form providers, Apprenticeships, Armed Forces, Employment with Training etc. There are many options to choose from but students need to make the right decisions for them, and support is provided along the way.

    All Y11 students have had their careers guidance interview with our External Careers Advisor, Mr Peart and we have now moved onto second interviews for those students who require them. Any student who feels they need a second interview, please contact Miss Lawes:

    Mr Peart is based in the ground floor Careers Office and will be present every Tuesday and Wednesday. Students from each year group are welcome to drop-in anytime over break and lunchtime if they have any questions or require any resources / prospectuses etc.

    We encourage our Y11 students to apply to more than one place, as it’s always good to have more than one option and a back-up plan should they need it. Final decisions on enrolment can be made when students receive their GCSE results in the summer. Myself and Mr Peart spoke with a number of parents at the Y11 and Y10 Parents Information Evening and we reiterated this same message.

    We’ve already had over 80 applications for Hessle Sixth Form and interviews will begin w/c 15 November.

    I have shared lots of information on the ‘Y11 Careers Info’ page on Google Classroom, including upcoming Open Events for Colleges and Training Providers, Career Insight Events and Virtual Work Experience opportunities (see dates below). We recommend that students attend Open Events as it’s a great way to get a feel for a place, a chance to speak to tutors and ask any questions. We had over 90 families attend our Sixth Form Open Event before half term and there were some really interesting conversations taking place with students, parents and teachers regarding courses, future plans and career paths.

    We have now started booking in our Y10 students for their initial careers guidance interview. Students were given a pre/post-interview questionnaire to complete during tutor-time noting their initial post-16 ideas; where they are thinking of applying, the types of jobs they’re interested in and there was also an opportunity to rank their priority and this will help to determine the order in which the students will be seen across the year. 

    Y10 students have also received their invite for the ‘Y10 Careers Info’ group. Please encourage students to accept this invite so that they do not miss out on useful information and updates. We have already had a number of Y10 students take part in a Law Virtual Work Experience over half term with Browne Jacobson, this event involved a variety of speakers including QC’s, Barristers and Solicitors and a guest appearance from Barrister Shaun Wallace, also known as the Dark Destroyer from ITV’s The Chase!

    I have met recently with our Enterprise Advisor, Enterprise Coordinator - part of the Careers and Enterprise Company, HEY LEP Careers Hub and our Careers Link Governor - Kallum Nicholson. All of which work closely with the school to support our careers events and securing new links with employers and businesses in the local area. Now that we can resume face to face visits, I have also started networking with Careers Leaders within other local schools. Last half term I visited Wolfreton  School and Cottingham High School and it was great to share ideas and hear about the variety of careers provision being delivered within the Trust.

    One of the highlights of the last half term was definitely Prison Me No Way (PMNW). Each year we host this event and deliver to Y9 students, but due to covid-19 disruptions our Y10 & 11 students missed we thought it was only fair that we rescheduled for this year. PMNW is a personal development event to show students the impact of what making a wrong choice can have on not just their own life but on the lives of others too. Students met employers from a number of organistaions including the Prison Service, Police, St Johns Ambulance, Youth Justice Service and even observed the Police dogs in action. It was an opportunity to see and hear about the work they do and to ask questions and get a real insight into working life.

    Our Y13 students had a busy day on 21 October as they took part in their Pathways Event. This was a full day event in which the main focus was body language and interview skills and will be followed up with more work and preparation during tutor-time.

    Plans are well underway for our upcoming careers events. This half term we have the following dates for your diary:

    • Y7 All About Me Day - Thursday 4 November 2021
    • Sixth Form Taster Day - Tuesday 9 November 2021
    • Y11 Careers Week - w/c 13 December 2021
    • Advanced notice: Y11 Mock Interview Day - Friday 28 January 2022

    Finally, please see the information below for upcoming events:

    • HETA Open Events: 13 January, 22 February & 24 February 2022

            Register here: 

            Applications now open for September 2022

    • Hull College Open Events: Thurs 4 November, Sat 4 December 20221 


    • Bishop Burton Open Events: Wed 24 November (virtual) 2021, Wed 26 January 2022


    • Wyke College: Thurs 11 November, Sat 4 December 2021


    • East Riding College: Wed 10 November 2021, Saturday 22 January 2022


    • Virtual National Apprenticeship Show - North: Wed 17 November 2021

             Register here: National Apprenticeship Show

    Take care

    Miss Lawes

    Careers Leader

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  • Careers Leader Blogs 2020/2021

    Published 04/11/21

    To view Blogs from 2020/2021 please click here

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