Careers and Work Related Learning

At Waterside Academy we have extremely high aspirations for our students.  Our students' time with us is a stepping stone to their future success and to that end we want to make sure that when they leave they are fully prepared and equipped with all the knowledge and skills they have for the next stage of their journey towards their professional life.

Careers Programme

Our careers programme works in tandem with the curriculum to prepare students for the workplace and to choose a successful, rewarding and realistic career. In 2017 the Department of Education included the Gatsby Benchmarks in their careers strategy to make sure that all schools are delivering a robust career programme. We are fully committed to implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks at Waterside Academy and we are working towards gaining the Quality in Careers Standard (QCS), which will evidence this. This is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.

We track all the activity that students take part in and use this alongside our destination data to assess the impact of the careers programme.

Pupil Entitlement

In line with the Baker Clause, 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 each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. Management of provider access requests.

WSA and Whole School Careers Programme

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Waterside Academy

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy (CEIAG)

Provider Access Policy



As a fairly new school, Waterside Academy currently has limited information about our school leavers and alumni, the oldest of whom have only just reached the end of Year 13.  However, even within that small number, we are proud to document their achievements.

Waterside Academy 2020 School Analysis


Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.  We encourage all students to create a Start profile in Year 7 and regularly update it with their interests and skills as they progress through school. Students who do so gain valuable insights and tailored information about careers that are right for them.

Start website


Post-16 College Choices Booklet

A handy Waterside Academy-produced guide to all the local sixth form colleges in Hackney and the surrounding areas.

Post 16 choices booklet