Pathways & Enrichment


Ark Acton Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers & Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational providers to speak to students.

Click here for our Careers and Enrichment Policy Pathways and Enrichment Policy - January 2018-January 2019.pdf

Time of year  KS3  KS4  KS5 
  • Career Guest Speakers
  • Icould via tutor programme
  • Career Guest Speakers
  • Icould via tutor programme
  • Career Guest Speakers
  • UCAS focus weeks and open days
  • Icould via tutor programme
Autumn Term
  • Growth Mindset programme and raising aspiration
  • Post 16 pathway assembly
  • University Campus trip
  • FE and Apprenticeship speakers
  • What Career Live trip
  • Imperial College Campus trip
  • UCL Campus trip
  • Varsity Oxbridge games
  • FE and Apprenticeship speakers
  • Alumni talk
Spring Term
  • Career Carousel day
  • Year 9 Option evening
  • 6Th form choices
  • Ealing Apprenticeship
  • Employers workshop including mock interviews
  • Ealing Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship applications
  • Coaching & interview skills
  • Alumni talk
Summer Term
  • Career Bus
  • STEM workshop afternoon
  • Career Bus
  • STEM workshop afternoon
  • Career Bus
  • UCAS focus weeks and open days































For questions about the Careers programme, please contact Jenny Lok, Career Leader, on 02031102400 and Shaminder Bahra 02031102400


Enrichment/Extracurricular programme


Click here to view our enrichment programme : club timetable autumn 2019.pdf

Music Clubs : All clubs take place in the Band Room.

Tuesday :  School Choir : VOX – Lunch time

Wednesday : GCSE Music Ensemble : lunch time and after school

Thursday :  Big Band  Lunch time


Monday and Tuesday lunch time - Christmas rehearsals - Year 7 and 8

Friday after school - Christmas rehearsals - Year 7 and 8

More enrichment activities are coming soon.

For questions about the Enrichment programme, please contact Eoin Rocks, on 02031102400

Providers - How to get involved

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.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Careers & Enrichment Lead with a minimum 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planed activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

For all questions on this or Ark Acton Academy’s wider Careers & Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Careers & Enrichment Lead, Jenny Lok, on 02031102400

Monitoring & Evaluation

The Careers & Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams, including;

  • access to and opportunities to engage with technical, vocational and training providers
  • monitoring against the Gatsby Benchmarks

Student destinations (2017-18)

Student destinations

Last year we had 209 students complete their Year 11 studies with us, of which;

  • 83% are now in education or training
  • 25% are studying Level 3 A level and BTEC Ark Acton Sixth Form

Of our Year 13 leavers;

  • 24% have progressed on to a top third university or a top 100 apprenticeship provider
  • Overall, 87% have progressed to university
  • 2% have progressed on to an apprenticeship or another form of employment
  • 11% are continuing in the sixth form for another academic year.