Careers Education & Guidance

Rushey Mead Academy has two specialist trained careers advisers who deliver both group and a one-to-one service to help you in the planning of your time at school and beyond. This includes career transition through various pathways including apprenticeships, training, colleges, universities and the world of work.

Meet the Team

Tina O'Reilly
Careers Advisor 
NVQ4 Personal advice
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Marie Butler
Careers Advisor / Administrator
NVQ 3 Personal Advice
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Zoe Conneally
Lead Teacher Careers/PSHE
Dip (CEG) M.A. Education
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Are you an employer who would like to add to one of our events or help us with our careers work?

How to contact us : A provider wishing to request access should contact
Email: [email protected]

What opportunities are there : A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. These include assemblies, bespoke careers evenings, input in lessons and drop in sessions at lunch time and after school. We welcome all offers and look forward to hearing from you.

Student entitlement to careers education includes

‘How can we help?’

  • Access to individual guidance from our Careers Advisors
  • A `drop-in' Careers Library with comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in Education, Training and Employment and computer access for student use.
  • Access to computer programmes (including home user license) offering occupational information and opportunity for career and job exploration.
  • Access to UCAS (Website for colleges and universities in the UK).
  • A Careers Education Programme built into the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.
  • A Work Placement opportunity for some Y10 students.

Tips for completing your personal statement:-

  • Start off with a small sentence about you – e.g. I am caring, hardworking and determined to achieve my best.
  • Continue with why you want to do the courses you have chosen. Are they subjects that you are good at or are they linked to a job/career or university?
  • Write about anything you have been involved in at Rushey Mead – charity fundraising/buddying/mentoring/school council/afterschool clubs/sports – write about what this shows about you – team player, caring, self-disciplined, organised etc. Include what your favourite subjects at school are and why. Include any achievements, certificates etc. that you have received.
  • Write about what you do outside school – Are you a member of a club/organisation/cadets/sports team – what does that show about you – teamwork, leadership, reliability, responsibility, commitment. Do you look after others – children, an elderly relative – what does that show about you – caring, trustworthy and helpful.
  • Finish off with a statement confirming your commitment to your chosen course and why.

If you are still unsure which courses to pick, please come and see your Careers team in B050 for help and advice.




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