Learning to be Extraordinary

65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that don’t yet exist.

Camborne Science and International Academy recognises the importance of extraordinary careers and employability provision to ensure our pupils are prepared for the ever-changing world of work.  It is a non-assessed subject that all students study through tutorial; Preparation for Life lessons; PSHE Days and is embedded in their subject areas.

Extraordinary Me

Our Extraordinary Me programme focuses on developing the well-rounded individual who has the skills and qualities; qualifications and experiences to be that extraordinary candidate for university and the workplace.  Students focus on 12 skills and qualities, including our core values of Integrity; Ambition; Resilience and Altruism.  They discuss how they would put those into practice as well as reflecting on where they have developed those both inside and outside of school.  Our students learning journeys are important to us and Extraordinary Me allows for the development of character along that journey.

Extraordinary Me is discussed within tutorials, lessons, assemblies, the House system and our praise points.  Students will be awarded Extraordinary Me certificates in their assemblies from their Directors of Key Stage, so they may use them to build up a record of achievement to share with prospective universities and employers.

The skills and qualities we focus on for Extraordinary Me are:

  • Ambition – I am determined to succeed and be the best that I can be
  • Integrity – I am honest and will do the right thing even when no-one else is looking
  • Resilience – I am positive, optimistic and never give up
  • Altruism – I am kind to others and kind to myself
  • Communication – I am an active listener, and can communicate confidently through the written and spoken word.
  • Decision-making – I can make decisions based on evidence
  • Leadership – I can identify the variety of leadership styles and adapt according to the needs of my team
  • Teamwork – I am part of a team and support others in my team. I am also aware of the team that supports me and who I am.
  • Problem-solving – I can evaluate an issue through considering the positives and negatives before suggesting solutions.
  • Creativity – I am flexible and am open to new challenges.
  • Initiative – I can look for things that need to be done and do them without being asked.
  • Organisation – I know how to work out what I need to do, and how I will do it.

Extraordinary Experiences

Extraordinary experiences help shape the individual and support them in standing out from the rest of the applicants.  Our students have a plethora of experiences to access whilst in school as well as out in the community.  We are very lucky in the diverse range of opportunities young people can access in Cornwall.

Experiences may include:

Extraordinary Qualifications

The qualifications strand of Extraordinary Me is not only constructed of their GCSE and A Level qualifications; but any qualifications they secure such as first aid certificates.  We want each student to celebrate who they are and what they are doing; becoming the candidate that stands head and shoulders above the rest, because they are extraordinary and they deserve the best in their futures.

Why study careers?

Our Extraordinary Me Programme will be characterised by the following eight benchmarks:

Encounters with employers and employees 

Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about the skills and qualities needed to be a success in the workplace.  Employers and employees share information with our students about their career pathways; employment; and progression within their chosen field.  Students will have at least one employer and employee encounter.  With our career seminars, careers fayre and PSHE Days there are at least 15 opportunities for each year group a year to engage with employers and employees.

In addition, students at our Nexus campus regularly meet with employers and research professionals from further education establishments to look at STEM opportunities. Evening lectures are open to the whole school population and are open to students from across the county.

Employers; Higher Education and Further education providers represented at our 2020 Careers Fayre included:  Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Cornwall Fire Service, Careers 4 U, Babcock International, Cornwall Care, Monument Vets, Centrica Energy, St Johns Ambulance, Headland Hotel, Miracle Theatre, SERCO Defense, Get In Cornwall, Coodes Solicitors, Cornwall Council, Camborne School of Mines, DM Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Feadon Farm, Pendennis Shipyard, Nexus, Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science, CSIA VIth Form, National Citizenship Service, BF Adventure, Dynamo Healthcare, Cornwall Hospice Care, Cornwall College, Duchy College, Falmouth Marine School, Falmouth University, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, The Army, Royal Air Force Cadets, University of Bath, University of Exeter, National Citizenship Service, Next Steps SouthWest, Peninsula Medical School: University of Plymouth, Education Business Partnership, Falmouth University, YZUP, Brook, Biffa, Midas Constuction, RG Kellow Ltd and Software Cornwall.

A stable careers programme
Our careers education and guidance is embedded within the tutorial programme; our Preparation for Life lessons; PSHE Days; assemblies and across the curriculum.

Learning from career and labour market information
Every student and their parents will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.  Students and parents have access to our careers adviser, Mrs Harrison from Careers 4 U, to offer independent advice and guidance.  In addition, career and labour market information can be accessed at our annual careers fayre, and our regular careers speed networking sessions.  These sessions are focused on the areas of labour market growth for Cornwall as identified by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum with careers through Extraordinary Me. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths, through involvement in STEM events and competitions regionally and nationally.  Our co-curricular programme further enhances linking curriculum learning to careers through focused activities such as our engineering society.

Encounters with further and higher education
Camborne Science and International Academy has strong partnerships with a number of local and national further education and higher education providers. All students have the opportunity to visit providers and attend in school activities delivered by outreach teams, including the University of Bath and the University of Exeter.  We work with the NCOP Next Steps SouthWest to support our students in accessing careers information advice and guidance.  We ensure that students have access to information to support their learning journeys through academic and vocational routes including apprenticeships as well as learning in our VIth Form, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have experiences of the workplace through work experience placements and workplace visits.  These add to their Extraordinary Experiences to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support will be tailored to the needs of each pupil. All students will have accessed a careers appointment by the end of Year 11 and have additional access to independent careers advice and guidance in our VIth Form.  Camborne Science and International Academy’s careers programme will embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Statutory Duty
Camborne Science and International Academy has a statutory duty to provide independent and impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance for all Year 8-13 students, which is intended to inspire and motivate pupils to fulfil their potential. Schools are required to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

Personal Guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser.  Our careers adviser, Sharon Harrison, is registered with the CDI and leads Careers 4 U.   Interviews will be made available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

Our Careers Education policy, including our provider access statement, can be found

Investors In Careers Award

We are currently working towards the Investor in Careers award. Investor in Careers is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and is now the most widely used quality award of its kind recognised nationally across the country. There are 3 stages to undertake to achieve the full award. We are at Stage One, which demonstrates our commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance and the Quality in Careers Standard. We are confident that the work that we do, and our future plans will enable us to achieve the full award. You will be kept updated via this webpage and our bulletin as we progress through the stages. For more information about the award please see the Investors in Careers website



Careers literature is accessible by all students in the Learning Zone, VIth Form Centre and in Room 22.

Useful online resources for independent careers advice and guidance are as follows: (link is external) – Careers SouthWest Group (link is external) – Careers Pilot (link is external) – iCould (link is external) – National Careers Service (link is external) – Next Steps Cornwall (link is external) – Unifrog (link is external) – UCAS

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