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Primary Academy

Careers at RPA

Career Lead: Sara-Jayne Hawes

Linking in with the wider curriculum and PSHE sessions, the Greenwood Academies Trust Careers and Employability Strategy aims to provide all young people, in all of our academies, with a stable programme of inspirational careers activities and opportunities in order to develop important employability skills.

Using the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance, careers leads in all academies strive to provide a varied offer, to pupils of all ages, which is relevant to the local labour market and job opportunities that are likely to exist for our school leavers.  We are working in partnership with Career Mark to provide external validation of the Gatsby Benchmarks through the Quality in Careers Standard.


Last year, our career driver has been to share with the children what their teaching staff did before working at Rushden Primary Academy. This display board allows the children to try and match up the adult with the job they once did.

With the help of the Skills Ambassadors, children can also use their inference skills to link the job with a short description.

So far, nobody has guessed that I (Miss Hawes) used to work in a bakery!

At RPA, we firmly believe in encouraging aspirations. Therefore, every class is asked to share what their aspirations are for the future. This is tracked and addressed every term to discover what interests change and how we can best support children to make these dreams come true. Knowing this information and having a reference point on the door of each classroom, allows the adults to directly challenge children to complete certain tasks that might support their job aspiration in the future.

Furthermore, during the Spring term in 2023, RPA had some lovely visitors from HSBC come to explore the understanding of money with every child across the school (from EYFS to Year 6). Within every classroom, an age specific task was launched for every child to conquer. Some children explored ways to plan their own birthday party under a budget, some helped some furry friends learn what the different coins represented and some investigated ways to save their pocket money and the benefits of not just blowing it all on sweets! Every child enjoyed the experience and surprisingly was rewarded for their efforts as we received the HSBC Smart Money Award 2023. We were given a beautiful trophy, which we will cherish as a reminder of this event. Thank you HSBC for identifying the excellent children we have at RPA!


Career's Week 2022/2023

Last year, RPA had their first Career's Week, where parents, family members and friends came in to school to immerse, motivate and inspire our children on a chosen career path that they could pursue in the future.