Close

Twitter Wall

31/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Geography

popped into to redo one of the display. Not quite finished yet, but once complete students will be able to track their geography journey from year 7 all the way to A Level. https://t.co/3GUn95MejZ

17/07/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

Well what a 9 year adventure that was at So overwhelmed with all the presents, cards and very kind words! Will miss staff, pupils and parents a lot! 😢. But onto a new chapter! https://t.co/OrdlD638xv

17/07/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

As a trust we could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our students and staff over this academic year. Thank you! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer. https://t.co/TbeQKhLJ8O

17/07/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

Sun, ice cream, playing games, music, what more could you want from the last rewards event of the year! 😎 https://t.co/usqwKMb22O

17/07/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Mr Stuttle says “Summer is here!” Thank you for an amazing year in RE. ❤️🤝💬💡 https://t.co/Sq2BAyHR1M

15/07/21

Retweeted From Miss H Burlton

Our year 12 geographers were showing off their knowledge of the United Kingdom counties with a friendly game of https://t.co/SoRvedR4eP

15/07/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT have decided that this years Non-uniform Day money will go to…. . ❤️🤝💬💡

15/07/21

JLT have voted for all money raised to go to 'Cancer Research UK' Don't forget to donate £1 via ParentPay. https://t.co/F4TptsLMfT

14/07/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Great new posters made by Mr Hammond to increase awareness across of inspirational people from different cultures. ❤️🤝💬💡 https://t.co/cJBn80FrrX

13/07/21

Day 1 of 2 of new photos for school website and prospectus with ⁦ https://t.co/YvxvuKoGE6

13/07/21

Reminder: https://t.co/E4XBpMehKb

09/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Business and IT

NEW to Sept 2021! Mr Hagley looks forward to welcoming the first ever cohort of Year 9s to the course 👨🏻‍💼🧑🏽‍💼👨🏾‍💼👩🏼‍💼#btec https://t.co/s9LcAsVYPj

09/07/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Reception buddies sing a farewell song go their Year six buddies …so special https://t.co/X5XfrbMluh

08/07/21

Retweeted From Rav

It’s been a lovely to see our new staff, for their induction this morning. A real buzz in the room . A great plan for the day lead by . https://t.co/C7UQsNLC9L

08/07/21

Retweeted From Rav

All set for our New Staff Induction tomorrow . We are looking forward to welcoming you all! https://t.co/4eqpQW2Wkj

08/07/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Bug houses, pots and a totem pole were painted in our garden at this week's Gardening Club to make it even more wildlife friendly and also decorative. It was a lovely relaxed session in the sunshine as we enjoyed being in the garden that we created https://t.co/bOS2XhkhRk

08/07/21

Retweeted From Aisling Cowan

Isn’t it great to have a culture where an NQT can deliver excellent training at our New Staff Induction day alongside SLT? Our ECTs have so much to give! (Collaboration is still my favourite teaching word. ‘TechnoloTREE’ is Mr Cook’s 😂 📱) https://t.co/vA25gRKymE

07/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Business and IT

Welcome to the NEW Twitter page for the Business and IT department 🎉🎉🎉 New and exciting times are ahead! Mr Hagley and Mr Leon look forward to working with our students and celebrating their success! 🌟🌟🌟#business https://t.co/TECOUcrRSV

06/07/21

We are very much looking forward to welcoming new Year 7s to our "Get Set for RBA" Summer School this August. Please contact the school (if not done so) to sign up. Welcome to the

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

RBA Thought for the week! https://t.co/oiG3ePuTt6

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Creative Arts

Year 8 kick started the Creative Earth Competition today. Plenty of inspiring ideas showing how they want their world to look in the future. Finishing these next week https://t.co/pUXAdkEcYn

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Year 8s finding creative ways to use iPads as props in Blood Brothers!! https://t.co/BTxfPx0dhj

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Amazing to see Sophie in her graduating performance of Rent!! An incredible performance, well done!! https://t.co/2STIBCePQz

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Lovely delivery from this morning!! Great posters to add to the display! https://t.co/CTyiN90cQj

06/07/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Thank you ! I will proudly display this in my classroom & tell all of my students. 😀❤️💬🤝Keep up the amazing work! https://t.co/QSAhtVGaqz

05/07/21

Year 12s (to be) are enjoying and excelling in their Year 11 into 12 transition masterclasses https://t.co/qLUaBTHqPb

04/07/21

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 10, Please see very important email sent to you this evening (Sunday 4th May). Thank you,

02/07/21

The sun is out, it’s Friday and…..it’s more importantly our ⁦⁩ Annual House Sports Day (Covid Style)! We look forward to all the competitions later today and good luck to all the Houses - it may be coming home! https://t.co/OBkpRH7yVu

01/07/21

Join us on our GCSE Pod journey. Open to all GCSE students. https://t.co/85A4Fvl6sB

30/06/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Mr Cook led the Gardening Club in assessing the school today for its wildlife friendliness in all different areas of the grounds, rating each area on a scale of 1-5. The future is green for RBA 🌳🌿 https://t.co/zfaR1IRRNw

30/06/21

Retweeted From Rav

Our Sixth Form Experience Day is underway . It’s lovely to welcome both internal and external students. https://t.co/XAIRQkay6r

29/06/21

Retweeted From Rav

It was wonderful to see & hear all of the Literature for Learning projects staff have been working on, to improve T&L . Staff collaboration should never be underestimated, as a tool to drive T&L. Thank you to the Professional Development in helping to pull this together! https://t.co/zavd0xEv87

29/06/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Today colleagues from across the Scholars’ Education Trust have the opportunity to come together with thanks and praise led by CEO Claire Robins OBE. A chance to reflect and refocus on the vision of the Trust “produce responsible young people of whom we can all be proud” ... https://t.co/oMYNoAn9ly

29/06/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

A vision which in underpinned by The ACE. Our students and staff have shown over these past 15 months, how each member of our community embodies The ACE through their commitment and contribution to the education of the 4,000 children within our schools.

28/06/21

Retweeted From Rav

Looking forward to our Literature 4 Learning Showcase tomorrow. Sharing good practice and celebrating mini projects that staff have been working on. Here’s a little preview from Tina’s project on implementing Rosenshine’s Principles https://t.co/lRv9KSc9ui

28/06/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Cross-Trust RE meeting. Brilliant to meet & collaborate together. Team work! ❤️🤝💬😀 https://t.co/1rl8A3c3a4

28/06/21

⁦CEO of ⁦⁩, Claire Robins, addresses and thanks all staff for their efforts this years, and shares the Trust’s 3 priorities 1. Well-being 2. New Technologies 3. Sustainability https://t.co/rjrCg6dkmy

24/06/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Gardening Club have been sowing pepper, carrot and cress seeds, planting out a courgette plant, dead-heading flowers and weeding today. We also admired our potatoes, lettuce seedlings, pea shoots and honeysuckle, and cleaned the pond! Oh, and the poppies are appearing! https://t.co/XBuS6gGiSn

24/06/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Second GCSE RE mock paper underway. Year 9 students working hard for 1hr 45mins to get the best results possible. Well done Year 9! ❤️🤝 https://t.co/rwz7eTlLGF

23/06/21

👍 😊

Careers

Follow us on Twitter RBA Careers for the very latest recruitment information, advice and guidance.   

The information contained here will have relevance for students, teachers, parents and employers.

If you would like to find out more about Careers at Robert Barclay Academy or if you are interested in providing support, please contact our Careers Leader Mr M Rome, Assistant Headteacher.

Through our curriculum at RBA, we aim to develop ambitious students who are aspirational and fully prepared for their future lives beyond school in an ever changing world. We aim to promote an aspirational culture and encourage students and parents to engage with careers education in partnership with YC Herts, the Local Area Enterprise Partnership. Since 2018 we have had a close working relationship with Reynold’s food, who have provide assemblies work placements and interview preparation for our students.

In order to achieve this, there are a number of key events in careers information, advice and guidance on the journey through the school. In addition to year group activities, we also give parents information at planned events through the year and listen to student voice regarding careers education through an annual workshop and questionnaire. Each subject area displays posters about careers linked to that subject, alongside a central careers display (main corridor by the library) and dedicated area within the library.

We are working to the new Gatsby benchmarks for Careers Education and also recognise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework and encourage the development of these employability skills through the wider curriculum.  A copy of these documents can be found in the appendices.

Key organisations supporting RBA careers provision:

YC Hertfordshire

www.ychertfordshire.org

 

RBA Personal Advisor

Anna Johns

  • Raise aspirations so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with students across the school
  • Be on-hand each week to offer Careers drop-ins in the library (Tuesdays)
  • Help to increase awareness of Careers Education through displays and presence across the school
  • If students would like to arrange an extra appointment please contact your Head of Year.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership/ Careers and Enterprise Company

www.hertfordshirelep.com

www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

RBA Senior Enterprise Coordinator 

Gareth Dace

  • Raise aspirations and awareness so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance, support, resources and strategy to assist in the delivery of effective Careers Education at RBA 
  • Be a challenge partner when co-reflecting on RBA’s progress towards achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Local Enterprise Industry Partner

www.reynolds-cs.com

 

RBA LEP Advisor

Meeta Khatani from Reynold’s Foods

  • Raise aspirations and make Careers education ‘real’ so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance and support from a local employer to give context, real-life experience and guidance to support Careers provision at RBA
  • Careers talks from their staff give our students insights into the journeys that successful people have been on from sitting in an assembly hall at school to where they are today
  • Visits to their premises with students in subject related areas, for example our Food and Nutrition GCSE students have worked in their ‘Development Kitchen’ and our KS5 Financial Studies students have visited their Finance and Accounts Department

 

Employer engagement: Can you help?

We are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work. We currently engage with a range of different employers through work shadowing placements for our Year 10 students. We welcome further support from employers from a range of industries. If you would like to help, please contact Mr M Rome, Assistant Headteacher.

Guidance for parents/carers:

Clearly parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students to make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers should be encouraged to discuss with their child about options and future aspirations. We welcome parents and carers’ input and recommend that you always attend activities at school such as GCSE and A-Level Options’ evenings. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we recognise that all students must be able to make informed decisions avoiding pre-conceived ideas or stereotypes. There are further suggested web-links at the end of this document that give useful additional information.

Scholars' Education Trust Provider Access Statement

Careers Map

Year 6

Gatsby Benchmark

Aim for prospective/new students:

  • To establish the fact that at RBA, all students are expected to ‘Aim High’ and be the very best they can be in preparation for life in an ever changing world.
  • To make the link between doing well at school and getting the very best career, and how aiming high and having strong aspirations can enhance students’ life chances.
1, 3, 8

AUTUMN TERM (Year 6)

  • Prospective Parents’ Evening
  • Parents get the chance to see the school in action ahead of their selection, and ask questions about careers education, destinations and educational philosophy.

 

 

1

1

SUMMER TERM (Year 6)

  • Individual interviews with students and parents before taking up their place in Year 7.
  • Secondary Transfer Day in which we start to understand the needs of each individual student, hear about their aspirations and ambitions in order to tailor the curriculum and opportunities accordingly
  • Transition Evening in which we invite parents to the school to set out our values, goals, curriculum aims and expectations for students and parents.
  • There will be an entry questionnaire about their aspirations and goals to inform careers provision.

 

 

8

1

 

1

1, 8

 

Year 7

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 7 students to:

  • Start to plan their learning journey by recognising what they are good at
  • Know more about the jobs people do to help us in our lives
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 7
  • To understand the concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers available and routes of entry

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Students begin secondary study. Introduction to ACE Values (Achievement, Care, Excellence) and our curriculum aims ‘Raise Aspirations’
  • ‘Navigate Your Future’ YC Herts module: ‘Reach for the Summit’ undertaken in form times to explore students’ aspirations and set short-term and long-term goals

 

1, 4

 

3

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP - Local Enterprise Partnership)

 

5

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week – Year 7 focus on STEM through a joint project with Science, Creative Arts and Maths departments
  • ‘Navigate Your Future’ YC Herts module: ‘Careers Expedition’ helps students to know about opportunities in the local area and how to research these.
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 7

 

4

 

2
 

Year 8

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 8 students to:

  • They start to think more about their strengths and areas that they need to develop
  • Know more about the different jobs that people have
  • To have independent careers advice as needed
  • Know what to expect in Year 9, and are able to choose options that support their future

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Options guidance begins, including parental Options Evening, individual interviews with senior staff and personalised support with pathways – including up to University/ Post-16 options

 

5

1, 3, 7, 8

SPRING TERM

  • Subject leads speak to Year 8 in assembly about where their subject could lead them in terms of careers.
  • Targeted support from YC Herts Personal Advisor as identified

 

4

8

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week – Work shadowing day (1 day)
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 8

 

6

 

Year 9

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 9 students to:

  • Consolidate high aspirations, including consideration of higher education and top careers options.
  • Begin to consolidate their strengths and recognise their areas of development
  • Know some of the careers and training opportunities that are available in the community
  • Begin to recognise the skills needed for certain careers

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Start to explore their future – www.Start.co.uk – linking strengths and interests with career specific information

 

5

1, 2, 3

SPRING TERM

  • Anglia Ruskin University Visit (LEAD2) to raise aspirations and awareness of future pathways

 

1, 4, 6, 7

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week - Apprenticeships
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 9
  • Targeted support from YC Herts Personal Advisor as identified

 

7

3

8

 

Year 10

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 10 students to:

  • Understand explicitly the link between working hard, gaining the best qualifications and careers opportunities, including access into the Sixth Form, colleges or other training places post-16
  • Be aware of the world of work and that there are a range of jobs
  • Know how to act appropriately and know how to ask for help in the world of work
  • Continue to identify their likes and dislikes to help them make decisions and choices
  • To have independent careers advice as needed

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Dragon’s Den Event (LEAD1)

Continue to explore their future – www.Start.co.uk – linking strengths and interests with career specific information

 

1, 5, 4

2, 3

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)

 

5

SUMMER TERM

  • Work Experience/ shadowing opportunity including build up work to include advice on interview skills, CVs and personal statements
  • Involvement in Careers Week – all to have interviews with YC Herts Personal Advisor
  • University Talk/ workshop – Higher Education
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 10

 

3, 5, 6

 

8

7

3
 

Year 11

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 11 students to:

  • Focus on high aspirations making the link between their qualifications and experience to the very best and most appropriate next step/ career path
  • To understand, first hand, the full post-16 options available and to be able to take independent control of this process

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Sixth Form Open Evening – explains the pathways available through RBA Sixth Form and beyond
  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Personalised careers interviews – external provider (YC Herts).
  • Independently utilise www.Start.co.uk  – linking likely qualifications and interests with career specific information

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 8

5

8

3, 8

SPRING TERM

  • Personalised futures interviews with the Headteacher to review current progress
  • Future’s Day – linking mock exam results with future pathways (making it real) to include expert Apprenticeship advice, University information and a college trip for identified students.
  • Personalised Sixth Form/ Futures interviews with DHT and Sixth Form team
  • College/ Sixth Form interviews as appropriate

 

4, 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

8

8

SUMMER TERM

  • Sixth Form Induction Week (for students who stay at RBA)
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 11

 

4

3
 

Sixth Form

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Sixth Form students to:

  • Focus on high aspirations, making the link between their qualifications and experience to the very best and most appropriate next step/ career path
  • Understand, first hand, the full range of post-18 options available and to be able to take independent control of this process

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Employability lessons in the curriculum focus on key skills needed by employers
  • University visits/ Open days
  • Personalised careers interviews – external provider (YC Herts).
  • Independently utilise www.Start.co.uk   – linking likely qualifications and interests with career specific information
  • UCAS workshops and personalised intervention, including information about student finance

 

1, 3, 4,

3, 7, 8

8

3

7

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Personalised futures interviews with the Headteacher to review current progress
  • Apprenticeship provider visits/ Open days.
  • Careers Fairs (Sir John Lawes School Careers Fair – March)

 

5

8

7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week
  • Sixth Form Work Experience opportunity

 

TBC

6

 

Next review September 2021

Gatsby Benchmark

At RBA we work to the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ in order to fulfil our requirements to students about good careers guidance. Gatsby

Hertfordshire Skills Framework

We are also informed and utilise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework to guide our Careers provision based on the skills that local employers have recognised make good employees.

Personal & People

Hertfordshire Understanding

Motivation and ambition

Actively participate

Show enthusiasm Knowledge of the sector Pursue aspirations and goals

Confidence

Willing to meet new people

Able to hold conversations with peers, managers and customers

Recognise own strengths and able to present these

Respect and good manners

Listen and learn

Recognise the feelings of others

Be polite

Remain calm

Determination and resilience

Commitment to get things done

Learn from mistakes and accept criticism

Resist distractions

Adapt to changes

Adaptability

Flexible to cope with changing demands

Able to apply knowledge to different situations

Teamwork

Cooperate with others

Recognise skills in others

Value contribution from others

Technical & Practical Skills

Hertfordshire Understanding

Numeracy

Apply simple mathematical concepts

Understand simple arithmetic

Understand costs and expenditure

Literacy

Able to express yourself in writing

Understanding of business etiquette verbally and in writing

Able to explain yourself verbally

Business and customer awareness

Understand commercial realities

Able to professionally communicate with customers

Manage your time effectively

Analytical and problem- solving skills

Investigate systematically

Identify problems

Look for better ways and suggest solutions

Plan and organise tasks

Digital technology

Understand the development in technology for business

Basic knowledge of IT

Qualifications

Achieve qualifications valued by employers

Useful Websites (for students, parents and carers and teachers)

National Apprenticeship Service https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship Allows you to search for live apprenticeship vacancies across the country. 
Amazing Apprenticeships https://amazingapprenticeships.com/ Find out about apprenticeships as well as live vacancies.
YC Hertfordshire https://www.ychertfordshire.org/ The leading provider of CEIAG provision for young people both inside and outside of school in Hertfordshire.
UCAS https://www.ucas.com/ All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you.
Hertfordshire Labour Market Information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxEnwYjtk5w

An infographic video to explain the types of jobs available and skills required in Hertfordshire

Hop into Hertfordshire

 

https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

Powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, students, employers, residents wishing to upskill, are now able to HOP into all the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.

See also Hertfordshire Skills Framework.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×