Careers Mission Statement: A Destinations Programme For All

'Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for social mobility: those young people without significant social capital or home support to draw upon have the most to gain from high-quality career guidance.' Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance    The main aim of our Destinations programme is to provide our students with sufficient information to help them make the right decisions especially when: choosing GCSE subjects; deciding on KS4 Options; and identifying post-16 and 18+ Pathways. To deliver this we look to APA Staff and external Volunteers within the Professional World who provide our students with exposure to the workplace, up to date Labour Market Information and support with developing essential employability skills. We draw on Partnerships from the local community including St. William, Burberry, Multiplex and St George's Hospital to provide a plethora of experiences suited to a range of aptitudes and career aspirations. We work closely with a range of Technical & Higher Educational Institutes with the aim of raising Aspiration and Fair Access to University ​and actively promote and facilitate opportunities for students to engage with these. APA students will begin to have meaningful University Encounters from Year 7 all the way through to Year 13. We also support students seeking alternative Pathways including Apprenticeships up to Degree Level - with weekly updates on high quality programmes and 1:1 guidance with the applications process. As an Ark School:  We are driven by the belief that every child can succeed if they have the right opportunities

Our Provision

At APA we have a full time careers lead Ms.Rout on hand to assist your child in identifying a range of pathways and opportunities accesible to them. This will be done via curriculum learning, labour market information, supercurricular activities, employer and university engagement, work experience and 1:1 guidance. We have staff and 6th form subject leads to help embed careers and promote a range of supercurricular activties across the school.

The infographics below show our careers mission and your child's careers journey through APA. For students in Years 7-9 it is also recommended that they visit the Year 9 Options page, which has useful careers videos alongside  subject choices as well as additional links to other useful sites.



If you are a parent/carer and would like to book a meeting with our Destinations Manager please email Ms Rout 


Destinations Journey

Baker Clause & Provider Access Policy

Ark Putney proactively seeks to build relationships with 6th form schools, colleges, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers as we plan our careers programme and activities throughout the school year to ensure all our students have access to the most current and up to date careers information at key transition points and  that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across Years 7 -11 to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.

Ark Putney also ensures that staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support and are up to date with their knowledge through a programme of Continuing Professional Development. 

Management of Provider Access Requests

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Putney Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.  

Providers wishing to request access should contact Saoirse Rout, Destinations Manager with a minimum of 6 weeks' lead time.

All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

Telephone: 020 8161 4988  or email

Please find a copy of our PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY


The Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected. If you see any career and would like to know more book an appointment with Ms. Rout using the link at the top of the page.


Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing


Work Experience Platforms (14+)

Careers Programme Evaluation

Our careers programme is measured regularly against the careers standards of the Gatsby benchmarks using a Compass+ Assessment framework and evaluation with students, teachers, SLT and parents/carers. 

To view our most recentt Compass Survey please CLICK HERE.