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Our Careers Team

Mrs Rachael Brodrick-Walton, Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mrs J Farnworth, Careers Co-ordinator
0161 688 3900

Miss C Littlehales – Head of Citizenship

CEIAG Provision

At Co-op Academy Failsworth we guide and inspire students as they plan for the next stage in their lives by:

  • Providing opportunities for students to develop career management and employability skills
  • Working with Parents/Carers to ensure they are informed of the opportunities and options available to their children
  • Equipping students with knowledge, skills and attributes to make informed decisions through a relevant and up to date Careers Programme
  • Supporting students with personalised information, advice and guidance about Careers and the world of work
  • Inspiring students to consider ambitious options to achieve their full potential
  • Building strong links with Employers and other training providers
  • Facilitating opportunities to experience the world of work

Click here to see an outline of what each Year group do as part of our Careers programme.

Positive Steps – Personalised information and Guidance

This is impartial careers advice that focuses upon each individual students needs by offering every Year 7 -11 student a one to one personalised interview. We encourage parents to be part of their student’s choices and parents are welcome to attend the one to one interviews or to contact Hugh through the school. Hugh is also available for support and advice at year 8 – 13 Parents Evenings.  During school holidays Andy is available at the Centre, Union Street Oldham.  Positive Steps work with targeted young people and support the school 1 day per week.

Contact Kathy Cox
0161 621 9363

Measuring Impact

Impact of both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities will be tracked and monitored by the senior leadership team periodically. As an academy, we are working towards the Gatsby Benchmark framework.  This data is collected three times a year in collaboration with the Careers and Enterprise Company.  In addition, termly meetings with our link governor, Mr Mike Greenacre review the impact of the careers programme.

Year Group: 2022

Cohort Size: 273

% moving on to a positive destination: 98.52%

% of students applying to FE College: 60.80%

% of students applying to VIth Form/other training: 28.20%

% of students gaining an apprenticeship: 9.16%

% in employment with training: 0.36%

% NOT moving on to positive destination: 1.10%

% of NEETs: 1.10%

% not known: 0.00%

Pupil Entitlement

All pupils in Years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at appropriate transition points.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for Access from Providers and Employers

Are you an employer who wants to get involved with us?

Please fill out out employer engagement form.

A provider wishing to request access should, in the first instance, contact:

Mrs Rachael Brodrick-Walton
Senior Assistant Headteacher

0161 688 3900



A number of events, delivered as part of the school’s careers and progression programme will offer providers (parents, training providers, colleges, employers) an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Access to pupils and/or their parents/carers will be granted at the school’s discretion, taking into account both the school’s legal obligations and the best interests of the pupils.

Access will be granted on the understanding that the information and guidance offered by providers is related to technical courses, apprenticeship opportunities or other aspects of CEIAG as agreed, in advance, by the Senior Assistant Headteacher (CEIAG).

Providers and/or their representatives will be expected to meet the school’s safeguarding requirements.

Careers Access Provider Statement


Premises and Facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and pupils, as appropriate to the activity.

The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations.

This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Senior Assistant Headteacher (CEIAG) or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to request that a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature be added to Careers section of the Futures Hub.  This resource is available to all pupils at lunch and break times.

2023/24 College Open Days


When applying for college they ask for a student’s Year 10 attendance to school NOT Year 11. Students have been refused a place on the course of their choice because of low attendance.  Make the last full term after Easter count.