Find Your Future Event – 22.10.2016

On Saturday 22nd October, GROWS and Yes2Jobs are holding a ‘Find Your Future’ Event.

The world is full of possibilities, it’s time to start your adventure!

Have a go at inspiring hands-on activities, listen to awesome real life stories and get top tips from experts – it’s your future, you can make it happen!

Aged 11-14? Book free tickets for you and your family.  Visit or call 01242 714 447

Ticket holders will receive a fantastic goody bag, entry to a prize draw and a free packed lunch!

Address: Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, GL2 9HW


The Big Music Project – Careers Advice

The Big Music Project are now providing Careers Advice on the Music Industry.  You can access it here:

Find Your Future – Family Event POSTPONED

In our May Newsletter we advertised our upcoming aspirational event for young people and their families to discover and explore the possibilities for their futures.

The event was scheduled for Saturday 18th June at Oxtalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

Due to a high level of interest from schools, activity suppliers and employers, we have decided to move the date of the event to Autumn this year to allow us to make ‘Find Your Future’ as useful and exciting for families as possible.

As originally planned, we will provide local schools with promotion packs for this event (including flyers, posters and an e-invite).

We will send you the new date in our June Newsletter, so keep a look out for that!

If you’d like to get in touch with us about this event, please email us at

The GROWS Team”

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FREE Family Discovery Day

When? Saturday 18th June, 11am – 2pm
Where? Growth Hub, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester GL2 9HW

  • A fun, FREE, family day with activities for everyone. Relaxation and information for parents, fun activities for teens, games for the whole family!
  • An opportunity for young people to take a look at what the future could hold for them and have a taste of different future careers and education pathways.
  • Presentations from local experts about supporting your child with their future choices and a relaxing parent zone for parents and carers to find support and advice.
  • Free parking, lunch, refreshments and activities provided as well as entry to a prize draw!
  • Information zone with a wide range of local providers, employers, careers advice and support organisations.




Exploring Careers: Y8 – Information for Parents

This term, Year 8 and their tutors have been invited to attend the Careers Area, in the Learning Resource Centre, to find out about Careers at The Dean Academy during tutor time. We have shown them our dedicated Careers Room and let them know what they can access when they visit.  Mrs O’Regan met the students and talked then through the different ways in which they can access information, support and guidance.

Students are now invited to return to explore the Careers Room in their own time at allocated break and lunch times which are exclusively for Y8 only during the week commencing Monday 23rd May.   This will give them the chance to meet our new Careers Ambassadors and visit in an exclusive Year Group Only time.

Tutor Time Activity:

After half term, students are invited to familiarise themselves with Kudos, our Careers software package. Again, this is presented on a carousel basis for tutor groups at tutor time.

Students will set up their username and password.  Once they have these, they can access Kudos anywhere, anytime.  They can access from home too!

The next activity that Y8 may be interested in will be the Careers Fair in the Autumn Term.  Attending this event will help them make decisions ready to make their options choices in the Spring Term of Year 9.

If you have any queries, please email

Year 9 Careers Day – 25.5.16

Year 9 Careers Day

Wednesday 25th May 2016

This Wednesday 25th May, Year 9 will be taking part in one of two Careers based activities:

  • STEM trip to Gloucester to Energise your Future (40 students)

Students will be leaving school at 8.15am and return about 12.45pm.

  • Collapsed timetable day focusing on skills and development Carousel of activities planned to support the students in developing key employability skills, goal setting and identifying career pathways. The day has been designed to inspire students and to encourage them to start thinking about their futures.

Students in School:

All students must attend school in clothes suitable for physical activity – PE kit or tracksuit and trainers.


The Royal Agricultural University – Goal Setting

The Royal Agricultural University – Study Smart

The Army – Presentation and Team Building

CragRats – Understanding Yourself Using a 3 pronged approach of Interests v Values v Skills to help students identify what Careers/Industries/Pathways are most appropriate to them as an individual.

CragRats – Standing Out from the crowd How to promote yourself and highlight what you have to offer?  Explain a CV, examples given to review.  Students are taken through a basic CV structure and by the end of the module they should have the building blocks of their first CV ready to be word processed.


The day will coincide with our school day (9:05 until 3:15) with a break for lunch and mid-morning break.

We will be running 5 sessions of each presentation/workshop on a rotating carousel. Each group will experience all 5 as follows: Registration (as normal in usual rooms)

9:05-10:05 – Session 1
10:05-11:05 – Session 2
11:25-12:25 – Session 3
12:25-1:30 Session 4
2:10-3:15 Session 5

If you have any feedback from your child after the event that you would like to share, please email

Work Experience 2016 Year 10

We have been receiving a number of queries with regards to Work Experience the following information is being communicated to tutor groups this week in the hope of alleviating some of the current confusion:
– The deadline for submission of completed forms has been extended to Friday 27th May.  After this time, we will not be accepting forms and placement requests will be denied.  This is in order for us to complete the required admin before placements begin
– Spare forms can be collected from either Mrs. O’Regan in D2 or Mr Stanley on a Tuesday and Wednesday in the Careers Office
– Health and Safety check certificates/reports are required for all submissions which are for a work placement which has not been selected from the pre-approved and checked list in the Careers Office.  Submissions returned without these will be rejected and returned to students.
Some placements have been checked by other schools and organisations.  In these cases, we simply need a copy of the certificate or report.
– Students working directly with their parents still require a Health and Safety check and certificate. 
However, we would discourage students from selecting this type of work experience, as part of the focus of the week is building on your skills and ability to go into a workplace as you would in ‘real life’ i.e. not knowing anyone and make new relationships and overcome nerves. 
If students have any further questions, please ask them to come and see Mrs O’Regan ASAP.  The original letter to parents can be found here: WORK EXPERIENCE LETTER

Rotational Healthcare Assistant Apprentice Vacancies

Working with aVida Care I am very pleased to let you know that we are currently advertising for 4 rotational healthcare assistant apprentices. This is a new apprenticeship opportunity where apprentices (employed with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust) will gain experience in both a domiciliary (home care environment) and on our Geriatric Old Age Medicine wards.

These opportunities are for a young person aged 16 and over to begin their apprenticeship in September.  The apprenticeship gives the young person an opportunity to gain a health and social care Level 2 diploma whilst working differing healthcare environments.

The closing date for applications is: 29/04/2016

Please see click the link to take you to the NHS Jobs page:

Shortlisted applicants will have to complete Literacy and Numeracy Initial assessments prior to interviews which will be held: 30/06/2016** at Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital

Successful applicants will start as apprentice HCA (on placement with aVida Care or Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust) on 05/09/2016** and if enrolled to Level 2 will remain on programme for 12 months and 6 days.

**No alternative dates can be arranged**

For further information please contact Lucy Blandford 0300 422 5113