Careers Programme

At the Hewett Academy we run a careers programme to help students understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make. Our team helps students to find out about different courses, qualifications and opportunities. 


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Careers lead contact details:

Suzy Pearce

Careers Lead

01603 531564

Careers Coordinator contact details

Careers Coordinator 

01603 531564


Careers Advisor

Siobhan Whiddett




This information sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997


We want to ensure that every student at Hewett Academy leaves us with the skills and knowledge to make informed and ambitious decisions about their future. We want every student to set their sights on a future and we will support them every step of the way. 


The aims of our Careers & Aspirations programme at Hewett Academy are:


  • To support students in developing an understanding of their interests, skills, likes and dislikes and how this affects choices about their education and future career choices

  • To ensure students understand the connection between their education and their future career

  • To provide students with exposure to the university experience and to develop students’ knowledge of university study and life

  • To provide students with a wealth of information about the different pathways available to them when they finish Year 11

  • To help students be able to complete high-quality applications for post-16 education, jobs, training and apprenticeships

  • To support students in understanding how to be successful in a professional environment


All provisions listed below intend to be implemented during the 2021/22 academic year. Due to issues presented by Covid-19, many have not been able to take place during 2020/21.

Year 7

  • Workshop on debunking career stereotypes

  • Targeted Aspirations Intervention

  • Support from University of East Anglia at Parents’ Evenings

  • Guest speakers from industry

  • Access to university events and workshops

  • Access to a range of careers resources in our Careers Hub

Year 8

  • Workshop on debunking career stereotypes

  • Targeted Aspirations Intervention

Year 9

  • Norfolk Careers & Skills Festival

  • Options Interviews

Year 10

  • Mock Interviews

  • CV Writing and Application Support

  • Work Experience Placement

  • Professionalism Workshops

Year 11

  • Post-16 Interview

  • Post-16 Options Events

  • 1:1 support and guidance

  • Sixth Form Taster Sessions


Message to employers


We are reliant upon the support and co-operation of local employers to further the aspirations of our students. Throughout the year we hold a range of events designed to broaden our students’ knowledge of their opportunities and raise their aspirations. We welcome any support you can offer us in doing this. This could involve offering to speak to our students about your organisation or sector, offering work experience placements or allowing students to visit your organisation to experience a workplace setting.

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 18% more during their career. We thank you in advance for your support in ensuring our students have these opportunities.


The impact of our careers programme is monitored regularly through the use of the Compass evaluation system. This programme enables us to identify gaps in provision and ensure that we quickly rectify any issues so that we can be confident about the programme that we offer our pupils.  We also receive support and guidance from the New Anglia Enterprise Network and the Norwich Opportunity area to develop strategies to fill the gaps identified in the Compass evaluation system.


97.75% of our Year 11 students went on to further education, training or employment.

Useful links


Useful Links 

Exploring Careers and Sectors

  • Explore different sectors and roles to find your dream role.

  • Use the icould buzz quiz as a place to start if you are undecided.

Post-16 Options

  • Explore the different options available after year 11.

  • Use ‘Help You Choose’ to see all choices in Norfolk.


  • Explore and learn about various apprenticeships in our local area.

Higher Education/


  • Find out what university courses have to offer and how you get there. 

Additional Employment Support 

  • Support with CVs.

  • Explore individual sectors and the roles within them.


How to get involved

If you are a student or staff member

Visit Siobhan Whiddett in the Careers Office in the library to find out more or email 

If you are a parent

If you would like to offer support for our programme or speak about your child’s pathways or aspirations, please email or call 01603 531564 to book an appointment

If you are an employer

If you would like to work with us to further the aspirations of our students, please or call 01603 531564.

Our facilities

Our school site has ample internal and external space to host careers and aspirations events or workshops. In addition to AV facilities we also have performance spaces, science labs and art spaces along with our library. Any of these facilities can be used to support employer visits or events.




If you would like to leave feedback on our Careers & Aspirations Programme, please speak to or email our Principal, Antony Little (


We will seek regular feedback as part of surveys in the year.