Provider Access

Provider Access

This provider access statement sets out Merchants’ Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to every student in Years 7 – 11 to discuss both academic and non-academic routes that are available enabling all our students to make an informed choice about their post 16 provision.   This is also measured regularly against the careers standards of the Gatsby benchmarks using a Compass Assessment framework and evaluation with students, teachers and the Academy Leadership Team as part of a progressive careers programme.

Merchants’ Academy proactively seeks to build relationships with 6th form schools, colleges, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers as we plan our careers programme to ensure all our students have access to the most current and up to date careers information at key transition points.

Merchants’ Academy welcomes requests from Businesses, Employers, Higher Education, Further Education, and Training Providers to meet with our students for the purposes of inspiring students to believe in themselves, to support students to achieve outstanding results and to advise students on how to become successful members of the local, national and international community.

Examples of meaningful opportunities for students might include, but are not restricted to:

•         Assemblies

•         Guest speakers who are industry specialists.

•         Careers and Employability lessons

•         Attendance of local post 16 providers at key parents/support evenings.

•         “Pop up shops” (informal lunchtime information and advice stands)

•         Mentoring/Coaching

•         House Team / Extra Curricular activities

•         Staff professional development

•         All staff INSET/Conference Day workshops.

Management of Provider Access Requests

Providers wishing to request access should contact Louise Kington, Assistant Headteacher

Telephone: 0117 3015000  or email

Pupil Offer and Opportunities for Access:

We have a range of flexible programmes to ensure our students and parents have access to a full careers programme of information including assemblies, drop-in lunch times, parents evenings, Aspiration Drop Down Days, apprenticeship workshops, newsletters and our PSHE programme.

Any provider is welcome to contact us to discuss what they can provide for our students and how we can best accommodate your support.   Example activities include: World of Work Preparation, I Love my Job, and mock Interviews.