Tom Fessey
Tom FesseyAspirations Co-Ordinator
Ania Hartsoe
Ania HartsoeCareers Lead
Emily Johnson
Emily JohnsonDeputy Headteacher

Purpose of the programme

At The Dean Academy, every pupil should leave confident, articulate and culturally aware being able to pursue careers they are passionate about, contribute positively to society and live happy healthy and fulfilled lives. To achieve our mission, pupils must be exposed and appreciate the opportunities that a school and university education will afford them in terms of careers and quality of life. Therefore, we need to ensure that all pupils are aware of the post-16 pathways available to them. Students will receive personalised advice and support, and to coincide we will provide experiences of college, work and university that will allow them to make informed choices about their future.

In addition, pupils are explicitly taught the character traits, habits and routines that will enable them to become successful at home, and in the workplace as well as develop a refined sense of self, both as an individual and as part of a community through trips, visits, talks and enrichment. We are committed to implementing the Gatsby benchmarks to structure our programme and measure our success.

Overview of the Programme

Gatsby Benchmarks

To learn more about the Gatsby Benchmarks please click the following link.

Can you support our Careers and Aspirations Programme?

Please complete this form if you feel that you can support our careers and aspirations programme. Examples of this could include giving talks to the students in person or virtually, allowing us to visit your place of work, providing contacts and additional material.


Visit our alumni page to see a portfolio of some of our former students. If you would like to join or know someone who’d like to join our ever-growing alumni, please refer to our contact details at the top of this page.

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