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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future


The Rowans has been awarded the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard through Investors in Carers. This reflects the commitment and dedication of every member of staff to ensure careers and aspirations is embedded through all aspects of school life. The Rowans is devoted to securing that all pupils have an appropriate and sustainable post 16 destination that is tracked and supported.

Understanding pupils career choices and aspirations is paramount to a pupils success at school and also in preparing them for their future lives. Therefore the information on this page is relevant to pupils/parents/carers, employees and staff.

Pupils at The Rowans are encouraged to explore a wide range of career choices through our information and guidance programme.  We aim to prepare our pupils for future opportunities in the world of study and ultimately their working life. Pupils gain knowledge and develop skills in employability awareness.

Key Stage 3 all pupils have the opportunity to attend our very own Careers Fair, which opens up a whole new window of different employment opportunities available to them, with information on apprenticeships, college courses, university prospects and employment. Since introducing The Rowans Careers Fair, we have seen an increased amount of reflection from our KS3 pupils regarding their careers and this has had an impact on their focus in lessons and their progress and attainment.

KS3 pupils also have a term of PSHE lessons focused on careers where pupils look into career jobs information and advice, possible job ideas, matching their skills and qualities to two career options. They also get the chance to talk to the careers advisor at KS3 parents evenings.

Key Stage 4 students have in-house careers guidance in the form of individual and group meetings on post 16 pathways, apprenticeships and college courses.  KS4 pupils also attend the careers fair and this has supported their option choices and widened their options for post 16.

Past pupils have pursued a variety of post 16 options including; foundation course entry at university, joining the army, apprenticeships, sixth form study, college courses, internships and jobs with training.

To reflect these changes and labour market needs of Medway we have increased our options at KS4 to include more vocational courses such as; Construction and CSCS card, Engineering, Land Based Studies.  We have also introduced AQA Food, DT and Textiles to support post 16 choices.

Medway Labour Market Information: Top 10 Jobs in Medway

Websites for further information:

Careers Leader – Katie Martin – Assistant Headteacher
Tel: 01634 33 8837

Monitoring and Evaluation

All Partnership agreements are reviewed annually. The programme is reviews annually by the Careers Leader and Work Experience Coordinator using the CDI National Framework, the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Investor in Careers quality standards to identify areas for improvement. A report and plan is submitted to the Head Teacher.

Evaluation of different aspects of CEIAG is undertaken regularly. All activities that form the careers and work related programme are evaluated and the information is used to inform planning for the following occasion. The School uses evaluation methods such as observation, questioning a well as questionnaires by pupils or parents after sessions.

Date of next review: July 2021

Careers Trustee: Esther Cook


Staff careers training



National apprenticeship week. KS4 pupil applying for his engineering apprenticeship.


Pupils throughout the school writing their personal aspirations. Short term goals set to start to achieve their long term goals.



KS4 pupils getting a taste of university life and learning in the dark room at UCA. Fantastic opportunity for our pupils to experience what the future ahead can offer them.