Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Year 8

Year 8 is crucial as a transition point from Year 7 into the main body of the Academy.

Pupils will be encouraged to ASPIRE: to try new experiences and to really get to grips with their understanding of pathways for the future, because in this year they make their crucial ‘Options’ choices for GCSE study.

The PiXL Edge programme is run for all our students from Y7 through to Y11, and allows them to take ownership for their own learning journey when it comes to employability skills. In Year 8, most students are likely to have achieved the Apprentice qualification in Year 7, and will be moving onto more challenging targets to gain the ‘Graduate’ qualification. This is likely to take students at least one year to achieve— a lot of students will keep working on some of their targets into Year 9.

KPMG continue their links with our students from Year 7, and once again bring a large number of business volunteers to run a Dragons Den event with some of our Y8 students. The product idea changes yearly, but always focuses on key enterprise and employability skills such as creativity, innovation, teamwork, and communications skills. 

The key event for Year 8 is the choosing of their Options subjects. For more detailed information on Options Evening, and how to help your child make informed decisions, please click here. This is the second biggest career choice our students will make, after choosing a secondary school, and will set them on the path to post-16 opportunities, so it is vital they make an informed and considered choice. In the lead up to Options Evening, we run year group assemblies to help students understand the options process and consider the options subjects available to them; we give them detailed information about pathways that those options choices lead to; as well as offering a large career fair: ‘Mosaic’, where students can talk to and meet a diverse range of business, training and education providers. Students will also have opportunities to talk to subject staff and tutors about their choices, and request an appointment with the careers adviser if they wish.

We have a strong student leadership programme here at Brightstowe, and, as in Year 7, students can take up the opportunity to represent student voice, develop their leadership skills, and make a difference in the school and community, by being part of our Student Council.

Summary of Activities

Year 8

Year 8:

What the careers event is?

Why we hold event/Gatsby benchmark.

Bright Day

Year group off timetable all day

Looking at employability skills (project skills, meeting the needs of a design brief).


Benchmark: 5

Encounters withl employers and employees.

Additional in year events

For example:


Western outreach network (WON) – post 16 talk.




Stem events




Box ed. Lessons (available through future quest)




Benchmark: 7

Encounters with higher and further education.



Benchmark: 4

Linking curriculum to careers.


Benchmark:7 and 4

Encounters with higher and further education. Linking curriculum to careers

National careers week event



Careers enrichment, raising the profile of opportunities and a part of a stable careers programme.


Benchmark: 2, 5, 7

Learning from career and labour market information, encounters with employers and employees and encounters with further and higher education.