Priory Belvoir Academy is committed to providing our students with excellent careers guidance and information across both key stages. We aim to provide high quality, careers based education across the curriculum.
As well as providing students with professional careers guidance about their choice Post-16, we are committed to providing a rich culture of education, information and advice both pastorally and academically. This comprises of ‘drop down’ careers days, a whole school careers fair, developing face-to-face interview techniques with local employers and assisting students with the creation of high quality CVs and letters of application. Students know that they have been supported with their choices; allowing them to reflect on how their education at Priory Belvoir has prepared them for their ‘next steps’
In addition to this, we are delighted to have the support and guidance of The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
The LLEP is a strategic body led by a Board made up of local government and business leaders as well as senior education and third sector representatives. The LLEP Board draws upon the expertise of senior leaders from the sectors mentioned and all of the Board Members’ time is given on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The LLEP’s remit is to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy, by working with us to develop our careers provision here at the Priory Belvoir Academy, this being just one strand of their role.
We are fortunate as an academy that as part of this process, we have the support of Parvez Bhatty who is the chairman of long-running charity Leicester Children’s Holidays. Born in Uganda, he came over to live in Leicester in 1972 when his family were forced to flee from Idi Amin’s regime. He studied computer science and took on senior positions at Investment banks in the City of London, travelling around the world. After 15 years, Parvez gave up his job and changed direction and in 2018 teamed up with the then Leicester Children’s Holidays chairman Shaun O’Donnell to bring the charity into the 21st century. The charity serves children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It was established in 1898 and in its history has taken more than 60,000 disadvantaged children on holiday. Parvez, who took over as chairman in January 2019, has helped modernise the charity, driving improvements to staffing, documentation and working practices. He researched, presented and received sign off for ‘Vision 2023’ plans for the charity - the charity’s 125th anniversary is in 2023. In December 2019, the charity moved into shop and offices at Highcross shopping centre Leicester after six months of negotiations led by Parvez. It is a new era for the organisation which in 2020 will take 80 children on holiday to an activity centre in Norfolk. Parvez is married with three grown-up children and lives in Leicester. In his spare time he enjoys yoga and tai chi.
Parvez, together with LLEP, are working with the Priory Belvoir Academy to ensure our collective vision for ‘careers’ is realised.
Our Careers Education Policy Statement for the Academic Year 2019-20 can be accessed below.
Careers Advisor: Mrs R Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Careers Leader: Mrs L Suschitzky (email@example.com)