All Isca Academy students in years 8-11 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.

For further information about our careers programme contact: Gary King, Deputy Headteacher, Telephone: 01392 204082; Email:

Careers and Guidance Opportunities

  • A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer opportunities for further education providers and employers to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:
    • Year 9, 10, 11 parents evening
    • Year 8 options evening
    • Examination results day
    • Year group assemblies


Year 8

  • Spring Term – Options process and one to one interviews
  • Summer Term – Within the PSHE curriculum and year group assembly time

Year 9

  • Spring Term – Within the PSHE curriculum and year group assembly time
  • Summer Term – MADE workshop (target students) [Careerpilot coming after half term]

Year 10

  • Autumn Term – Coachbright programme
  • Spring Term –
    • Exeter careers fair
    • Apprenticeship show
    • Coachbright programme
    • 1:1 student interviews start after Easter. Detailed advice and guidance is given regarding post 16 options available and GCSE grades required. All students are given course guides and are asked to begin identifying appropriate and desirable post 16 courses/destinations.
  • Summer Term
    • Work experience week
    • FE College advisor mentoring
    • MADE workshop, E-Me mentoring (Both target students) [Campus tour and seki Assembly are coming after half term]

Year 11

  • Autumn Term
    • CSW targeted intervention for vulnerable students determined by resilience data
    • FE College advisor mentoring
  • Spring term
    • FE College advisor mentoring
    • CV writing within PSHE curriculum
    • Careers South West interviews (target Students), Education Roadshow (whole year group)
  • Summer Term
    Ongoing 1:1 advice and support provided throughout the year. This involves the following:
    • Providing advice and guidance regarding post 16 options available.
    • Supporting with post 16 applications.
    • Advice and support provided with making changes to post 16 applications as necessary.
    • Assisting with application letters where applicable.
    • All follow up as necessary. For example; attending interviews with students; following up students who fail to attend interview; rescheduling interviews and contacting home to remind of interview dates where appropriate.
    • Organising and attending personalised visits to College for students with specific needs (for example, visiting the college welfare support department).
    • Providing information about the enrolment process at Exeter College.
    • Compiling updated contact details for all students in preparation for enrolment support.
    • Advising students and College if students are unable to attend their enrolment interview.
    • Providing support, advice and guidance as necessary on GCSE results day.
    • Supporting students at enrolment during the 6 day period after results day.
    • Following up students who fail to attend their College enrolment interview and providing support/advice/ further follow up as necessary.
    • On site at Exeter College during the induction days to support any students as necessary.
    • Supporting students during the first term of College as necessary.
    • Supporting all students from GCSE results day until necessary (usually Christmas cut-off) to ensure (where humanly possible) entry into post 16 education, employment or training.


Post-16 Options
There are a wide range of opportunities for students leaving Isca Academy at 16. Our staff help students to make the right choices and will support them as much as they need throughout the process.

The majority of our students progress on to Exeter College when they leave Isca. Exeter College is an Outstanding (Ofsted 2012 and 2014) establishment that provides a huge range of opportunities for the city’s young people. Alternatively, depending on their needs, some of our students may decide to go to one of the city’s Independent sixth forms, a sixth form outside the city, or Bicton College. Some seek employment with training.
Many of our students progress on to some of the best universities in the country.