Barnes Wallis Academy
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Studying at Barnes Wallis Academy provides an enthusing and inspiring education that helps students to develop the skills they need to become independent learners.

All staff share responsibility for the education of all our students. We have a Learning Support department that works with subject areas to provide additional help for students, particularly those with learning needs.


As well as encouraging independent learning we also make sure our students learn well as part of a team. We encourage students to take part in a range of extracurricular activities including competitive sports that help them to develop their ability to succeed in a team environment.


At Barnes Wallis, the way we teach is just as important as what we teach. We work hard to provide a variety of teaching approaches to maintain interest and motivation, making learning enjoyable and successful for all our students.


In Key Stage 3 we group all students by the targets they have been set. Where apppropriate, groups have support from our extensive Teaching Assistant Team. 


In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students are placed in ability groups for English, Maths and Science. In other subjects mixed ability groups are used. Students play an important part in choosing the subjects they wish to study in Years 10 and 11 from four option groups.


For all courses, we try to make learning active, practical and relevant, teaching students in whole classes, small groups or individually to suit the particular tasks  they are working on. Students will be given work that matches their ability in our efforts to make learning fun as well as demanding and challenging.


We work hard to create a friendly and welcoming school atmosphere. We want students to develop a determination to achieve to the best of their ability. You can rest assured that each and every one of our students are given the time and support to reach their full potential.


Careers Provision


The provision of Careers is highly valued at Barnes Wallis Academy, through a supportive careers education programme pupils are provided with impartial advice and guidance; please see below an overview of the careers activities that pupils can expect to be involved in throughout the year for all of our year groups.


Careers Plan at Barnes Wallis Academy


Year 7

  • “Life Skills” sessions see pupils begin to question and reflect upon areas relating to careers and aspiration such as “Who am I?” - Identifying skills and strengths and “What do my family do for a living?” -  gain an understanding of what people do in relation to the world of work.
  • Pupils meet with guest speakers from the local community and varying industries, reflecting upon the variety of work in the world around them.


Year 8 

  • Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils are given the opportunity to reflect upon the concept of careers and to begin to consider their own career goals and aspirations, allowing pupils to access relevant information which can inform decisions relating to careers and relevant subject choices.
  • Sessions relating to goal mapping/aspirations to support option choices at KS4.
  • “Option Evenings” allowing parent and pupil to meet with school to discuss pupil next steps, opportunity to meet with careers coordinator.  
  • Guest speakers from local community and vary industries to discuss the world of work.
  • Guest speakers from local colleges to discuss post 16 education, allowing pupils to reflect upon life outside of school.



Year 9

  • Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils consider career development as well as employability skills such as interview techniques and the concept of a CV and how to go about creating one. 
  • Visits to post 16 education providers. Allowing all to reflect on varying industries and the career prospects available. 
  • Sessions with guest speakers exploring a range of skills such as Goal MappingRevision Techniques.
  • Guest speaker concerning Apprenticeships.
  • Opportunity to meet with careers coordinator during parents evening. 



Year 10

  • Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme pupils, reflecting upon higher education and the opportunities gained from studying abroad.
  • Visits to post 16 education providers. Planning the next steps after yr 11.
  • Mock interview sessions with local industries/dignitaries, reflecting upon demeanor and planning for interview.
  • Sessions from guest speakers regarding revision techniques.
  • Opportunity to meet with careers coordinator during parents evening.
  • 1:1 interview with external careers advisor. Pupils discuss action plan and are made aware of next steps and relevant web sites or points of contact to support their next steps. 


Year 11


  • Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme, ensuring that all have an updated CV.
  • Further opportunity to have 1:1 careers guidance interviews. Pupils review action plan and discuss next steps.
  • Opportunity to meet with careers coordinator during parents evening.
  • Post 16 applications are made during Autumn term. 
  • Career Assemblies. 




Barnes Wallis Academy is committed to help students make informed decisions at key times in their education, for example option choices in yr 8 and post 16 plans in year11. In addition to dedicated careers input for all year groups. 

We are committed to helping students fulfil their potential through an environment which responds to the needs of the individual and stimulates and challenges each pupil in preparation for adult and working life.


Our Careers Coordinator in school is Mr Thomas who facilitates a programme of events and advises all of our students throughout their time at Barnes Wallis Academy.

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Useful websites for support and discussion: Higher Education information and university applications. - easily find the website for any University or College. - icould provides career inspiration and information for young people. Free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice. - careers films on the web. - provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. - What uni helps students find universities and courses using our comprehensive data and handy University Comparison Tool. - Careers World is your one stop website for careers advice and searching for the very best training and career opportunities within England, Scotland and Wales. - apply for apprenticeships, get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications, track your applications. - Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. - UCAS Progress provides information and advice to students, parents and teachers about different opportunities for post-GCSE education and training





At Barnes Wallis Academy we value the impact that local community/industry can make to further support our career programme. A key factor in accomplishing this is providing students with inspiration through finding out more about the world of work and the local and regional opportunities. If you are willing to support us in this we would be delighted to hear from you.  Below are a few examples of how you could support our careers programme:

  • Mock interview day with year 10 in the summer term 
  • Supporting work regarding the importance of a CV
  • Providing talks about your industry/sector 
  • Allowing a group of learners to visit your place of work