Academy Life

Information for Parents

Job of The Week – Marine Biologist

Please click here to find out more!

Summer 2021 Transition Programme for Year 11

For full details on the programme, please click here.

Parents Careers Pack – April 2021

For the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, please click here.

The Virtual Birmingham & Solihull Careers Fair – 4th March 2021

Find out more about the available career, study or training options when you leave school and gain an insight into the future world of work by visiting the Virtual Birmingham & Solihull Careers Fair.

Student NHS Healthcare Work Experience starting 7th February 2021

We are pleased to inform you that the NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme is now available to support all of your aspiring healthcare students with work experience opportunities during the pandemic. Students now have access to their own specific work experience programme that will be highly relevant to the following healthcare careers:

Occupational Therapists
Art, drama and music therapists
Operating Department Practitioners
Prosthetists and orthotics
Speech and language therapists

Students will receive certificates upon completion, but places are limited and therefore they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to keep this fair. If you are interested, you can register through the website link above. Places are just £10 a day to cover administrative costs. If you have students from low-income backgrounds, they can attend for free.

Webinar for Parents & Carers – Years 9/10/11

Join Aimhigher Plus at our free Transition from Year 11 Webinar  (Years 9 & 10 can also attend if they wish to) for Parents and Carers on Tuesday 19th January (7:00-7:30pm). We’ll be talking about how to support your son/daughter in choosing the right course and how to help with their college and sixth form applications. We’ll also be discussing the main differences between Year 11 and college/sixth form and how to support your son/daughter during this transition.

Register your interest using this link:

Parents’ Pack March 2021

Please click here for the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Helping your child with career decisions:

Below are some websites that are helpful for careers exploration and research;

Parent Information Pack – November 2020:

Please click here for the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by The National Apprenticeship Service.

My Choices – Information and Support from Birminghams Careers Hub:

For information please click here.

Careers Exploration:

It is never too early to start to explore the many different careers choices available.  Below is a selection of websites which will help you to find out about the different pathways you can take and the many, different careers available within each sector.

Careers advice for Parents & Guardians

Parents & Carers Guide

Success at School are starting a parents newsletter – useful sign-up-link for parents. They are creating a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. The full guide will be out next academic year – but  a preview version to help you as lockdown continues can be obtained by signing up to their special mailing list for parents. This link to a special sign-up form explaining the eBook:

Future study options, current careers labour market:


Apprenticeships are an alternative pathway that you could pursue either directly after leaving school or as an alternative to university.  As an apprentice you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to gain nationally recognised qualifications. The benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining industry standard qualifications.
  • learning job-specific skills.

Apprenticeships are not for everyone, but if you have a clear idea of an industry or sector you want to work in they are a good destination choice. Please use the below resources to find out more about apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Service: Parents’ and Career’s Apprenticeship Information Pack


In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we use Unifrog an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 now have access to this excellent website. For more information please click here.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need is: parentserdington and you can sign up here:

T levels

T Levels are due to be introduced from the academic year 2020 to 2021. General guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website here. New updates have been added to existing guidance, including information on 2022 T level providers and updated course titles.