Careers Lead: Mr. Mark Robinson

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Phone number: 01625 611001

At The Fermain Academy, we are passionate about helping our students to reach their full potential in their post-16 destinations. As our Pastoral Head and fully qualified Careers Lead, Mark Robinson provides all students with access to information, impartial advice and guidance to support them to make realistic and achieveable career plans to achieve their goals. 

Key Stage 3 Careers Provision

At Key Stage 3, careers advice is delivered predominantly by all teaching staff through the curriculum. Students are supported to develop of knowledge of work, careers and their next steps through visits to work places, RSHE lessons around post-16 life and dedicated career focus sessions.

Key Stage 4 Careers Provision

At Key Stage 4, students access 1:1 support sessions and careers lessons from M. Robinson to discuss and prepare for their next steps and explore the application process and qualifications needed for their chosen pathway. Careers provision is also delivered through whole-school career development days, in which students are supported by staff to explore the career pathways from each curriculum area. 

The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge

The Fermain Academy is pleased to work alongside the Cheshire and Warrington pledge to ensure a joined up and effective approach to careers provision. 

How do we measure the impact? 

The Careers programme is reviewed annually and then discussed at the governing board. As part of this review we seek the views of parents and students through questionnaires during the year.  We also monitor progress against  the Gatsby benchmarks.  The next review date is Autumn 2021.

Work Placements

We also endeavour to secure work experience placements for our KS4 students. Where and when appropriate, placements are set up to allow students to expand their learning in vocational areas. This also helps students in terms of their post-16 decisions, further options and also career exploration.


The Fermain Academy strives to ensure that all students leaving school have a positive destination. The Careers Coordinator implements a careers surgery after GCSE results day in August to ensure all school leavers get the support they require. This support is ongoing and the Fermain will regularly be in touch with Year 12s and beyond, ensuring they get the support they require moving forward.

Careers Maps 

The link below will take you to the Skills and Growth website which provides useful information about the top employment sectors, growth, population etc. in the Cheshire East area and includes Poynton. The map shows the location of large employers and the numbers of small to medium size employers (SME), as well as some demographic information from figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from the National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS).

Please Note:   The demographics are based on published the most recent Census 2011 information; and the strategic businesses listed are those companies with over 250 employees, with a turnover of £1m or more and with a head office – or main operating base – in Cheshire East.

Cheshire East Maps