Welcome to the Knole Academy CareeRs

Information and Guidance Section



All staff at Knole Academy are involved in enabling our students with their future choices. The information below is designed to support this process.

Students at Knole Academy are encouraged to explore a wide range of career choices through our Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme (CEIAG), which has been designed to fulfil the Gatsby Benchmarks as follows:

  1. A Stable Careers Programme
  2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
  4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  5. Encounters with Employers and Employees
  6. Experiences of the Workplace
  7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  8. Personal Guidance

Knole Academy is proud to work with the Career Education Company, The Career Development Institute, The Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce, The Education People, Education Business Partnership, Kent and the National Citizenship Service (NCS), Unifrog and Fast Tomato. We aim to prepare our students from Year 7-13 for future opportunities in the world of study and ultimately their working life. Students gain knowledge and develop skills in employability awareness through work experience, shadowing and active participation.

A broad careers guidance and education programme for all years is provided through RHSE lessons and the curriculum, encouraging students to problem solve in order to gain a wider insight into their future choices and outlining the many opportunities available today in the world of work.  

Key Stage 4 students have discrete careers lessons and in-house impartial careers guidance with our Level 7 qualified Careers Advisor Mrs Grant. This takes the form of individual and group career exploration on sixth form pathways, apprenticeships and training, Further Education college and Higher Education courses. This facilitates them in keeping on track with their GCSE studies. Post 16 students are offered one to one meetings to explore options at university, apprenticeships and employment. As a follow on from this, we would like to inform students and parents that individual and group career guidance meetings are available by appointment, students may also be accompanied by parents/carers.

Post 16 students can attend the UCAS Higher Education fair and the Apprenticeship Fair (at present these are virtual events). Links are regularly sent to Years 10,11, 12 and 13 for all meaningful career events and opportunities. Trips and business, authors and speakers are invited to give presentations to assist students in understanding their future choices.


To book an appointment with Mrs Grant (Careers Coordinator and Adviser) either email or call the academy on 01732 454608.

Work Experience/Shadowing

Year 10 and 12 students complete a one-week work placement/shadowing or volunteering at the end of the summer term. to give them an insight into the world of work. This opportunity raises self-confidence and interpersonal awareness, whilst giving them valuable skill sets to enhance their personal statements and CV’s, whilst enhancing their future employability knowledge.

Labour Market Information:

Students and young people find Labour Market Information (LMI) very helpful when looking at certain job roles and the skills and requirements that are needed within businesses and industries. It helps to enlighten them about the job market, supporting their decisions in assessing what subjects they may need to study at Post 16, Further Education and Higher Education to support their future career choices.


Gap Year Information:

  • The benefits of taking a gap year
  • How to organize a year abroad step by step (e.g., accommodation, transportation, entry requirements & travel restrictions)
  • Itinerary suggestions and tips for traveling in Europe on a budget
  • Volunteering in Europe (10 suggestions)
  • How to successfully find and apply for an internship in Europe

You can find all the articles here:


Your child’s decisions for their future career choices can become a source of some anxiety for parents. The links below have been designed to help you to support your son /daughter with their future thinking and career development. Parents can also contact the careers adviser at Knole Academy to speak about any concerns they have.

Feed back:

The Careers Department would be very grateful if students and parents would complete a short generic survey to assist us with the careers programme within school and to help us continue to support our students by offering impactful careers advice and guidance information. Please click here 

Useful Websites:

Listed below are a selection of websites that students and parents may find helpful:

Fast Tomato
My Week Of Work Registration - Learn LiveCareer Map

School Leavers Jobs

National Careers Service

Which? University


Government Apprenticeships

Not Going To University?

Careers Programme For Students (This Is For KS3/4 Students With Interactive Quizzes To Assist With Career Options And Choices)   

Fast Tomato now Morrisby

Fast Tomato Login Info: Student Code MC921519 to set up profile page.
Type in first name/last name, DOB, School Email
Then set up password for Fast Tomato access

Neuvoo  - Job Search (This Website Is Useful For Trainees, School Leavers And Apprenticeships)


JST Year 13: “Mrs grant has been beneficial in exploring my post-18 options. Utilising her expertise, I have been able to investigate and gain answers in relation to my initial university choices. Shortlisting these, Mrs Grant supported me throughout the course of my application, from providing a starting point for my personal statement, to assisting me in refining my final draft. I am extremely grateful for all of Mrs Grant’s help and would recommend that those who are currently deciding on their choices for after sixth form, whether that be university, apprenticeships or employment, to book an appointment.”


KB Year 12: “I am extremely grateful for all of Mrs Grant’s guidance throughout my last years of school. During my GCSEs Mrs Grant helped me to figure out what my next step was going to be and what I needed to do to get there. Whilst in year 13 Mrs Grant was always more than happy to help me when applying for apprenticeships and helped me in preparing for each stage of the application process, including interviews. I encourage all of my peers to seek careers and education advice from Mrs Grant.”


AM Year 11: “Mrs Grant is an amazing person if you want help with what you want to do in the future, without her I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve achieved recently with getting offered a place in the Miskin theatre at North Kent College.”       

Local Business Support and Alumni

Knole Academy regularly invites speakers from local businesses and colleges, universities, the NHS and the world of media, to give our students an insight into their own career pathways and the opportunities available to young people.

If you are an ex-student or a local business and are interested in speaking about your role/business or can offer an opportunity for work experience, please email Mrs Grant (Careers Leader) -

To view our Career Guidance & Provider Access Policy please click here

A summary of the careers, education, information and guidance (CEIAG) programme, student support and the Schools Access Policy can be found on the Knole Academy website.


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