At John Keats Academy we want our pupils to develop interests, hobbies and passions that will broaden their horizons, raise aspirations, promote physical and mental well-being and develop lifelong interests.
Ark John Keats is committed to supporting students to have happy and successful futures, leaving us to go on to university or a career of their choice. In order to do this, AJK students must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to follow their passions and fulfil their potential. Below, you will find an outline of our Raising Aspirations Programme at each Key Stage through Enrichment, Work-Related Learning and University Engagement. Our Raising Aspirations Programme is very much supported by our extremely strong pastoral work and our Character programme.
Key Stage 3
Enrichment: At Ark John Keats, all students take part in our extracurricular offer of enrichment during the school day. At Key Stage 3, students choose from a wide range of activities in a taster model. Here, students try a wide range of activities and are encouraged to choose things that they have not done before, giving them more opportunities for development and to find new interests. An example of what we have on offer can be found here.
Work-Related Learning: At KS3, pupils will be exposed to a range of different industries and pathways, to allow them to gain an insight into the wide range of options available to them. They will hear from and reflect on three Digest Speakers a year, and will also take part in assemblies on aspirations, using labour market information to inform career decisions, and making good choices.
University Engagement: At KS3, our pupils will visit a different university every year, as well as have different assemblies and character sessions to allow them to learn about university. Pupils will be encouraged to find out more about universities and have conversations with their tutors about this to help frame their aspiration and goals during academic review day meetings. We also provide targeted opportunities such as Sutton Scholars programme or University summer schools such as the Imperial’s STEM potential programme or UCL summer challenges.
Key Stage 4
Enrichment: At Key Stage 4, students continue to benefit from a wide variety of activities, alongside considering how they would like to develop their own character through their activity choices. Activities on offer look to build students’ growth mindset, team work and leadership skills.
Work-Related Learning: In KS4, work-related learning provision will be more focused to reflect pupils’ individual aspirations and interests. Pupils study post-16 routes and applications as part of a Character module, hear from various post-16 providers, and receive individual guidance on their post-16 choices. Pupils also take part in Pillar Days in which they experience a mock assessment centre, look into careers and future study options appropriate to their interests and aspirations, prepare for their upcoming work experience opportunity, consider how to prepare for interviews and hear from employers on writing a CV. Pupils will complete a work experience placement in the Summer of Year 11, which they will have sourced privately or applied for internally.
University Engagement: At KS4, our pupils will begin to understand more about the application process for university. On the first Pillar Day of the year, all Y10 pupils have an opportunity to learn from and speak to different university students and lecturers, they also learn about the basics of writing a personal statement and write their own personal statement.
Key Stage 5
Enrichment: In KS5 enrichment, AJK students use their skills and passions to improve our school community, and are visible role models for younger students. They identify change they want to see in the wider community, and develop the skills and knowledge to be able to plan and execute a project of their choosing on an issue which matters to them.
Work-Related Learning: In KS5, work-related learning opportunities become much more individualised. Pupils take part in the Year 12 Futures Fair, where they are exposed to different post-18 pathways into employment, including graduate schemes, degree apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships and specialist qualifications (e.g. accountancy exams). Many external opportunities are advertised throughout the year, including work experience placements, mentoring programmes and webinars.
University Engagement: At KS5, our pupils will receive the knowledge and support they need to make the best choices for university and beyond. We also ensure that they are armed with a broad range of experiences and skills to succeed when they get there. Conversations and meetings with tutors will be centred around this and all pupils are offered opportunities and events such as university talks, mentorship programmes, and summer schools to help develop them further. Students can also benefit from targeted opportunities such as Ark’s Project Oxbridge or Project Healthcare. More information on KS5 pathways guidance can be found here.