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BAE Systems is proud to work in collaboration with Castle View Academy in support of their extensive Careers and STEM provision.

Castle View's objective is to raise students’ aspirations, broaden their horizons and empower them to aim high for the opportunities available to them. We believe this complements our mission for education outreach to inform young people in schools and colleges from our local areas about who we are,   engage them with what we do and inspire them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).

We trust that our own young employees make inspirational role models for other young people who are just setting out on their careers. The school supports this through both career-focused assemblies and careers and future options events, providing opportunities for our apprentices and graduates to engage with students.

As part of our 2018 Women in Engineering Day celebrations, we were very pleased to welcome Castle View Academy girls to our event for a morning of STEM challenges. Supported by their teachers, the students enthusiastically participated, engaged with our Education Ambassadors and gained a greater understanding of their career options.

Students have been introduced to the world of work at BAE Systems with work experience placements, providing them with not only informed career choices and clear routes into employment with our various apprentice and graduate programmes, but key people skills and business understanding.

Further to this, we recently established a number of successful 1-1 mentoring relationships between our employees and Castle View students which aims to increase motivation and confidence, improve attendance and raise personal aspirations.  The excellent progress of one of these mentees was recognised with an Education Business Partnership “Amazing Mentee” award in 2017 following nomination by his BAE Systems mentor.

Finally, we are very supportive of Castle View's equality statement that all members of the community should be supported to achieve their potential. We believe that employee diversity enriches our organisation and aim to encourage more young women and young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups to participate in STEM subjects and to aspire to a career with us.

We would like to wish Castle View Academy every success as it transitions to become Castle View Academy. We hope to continue our collaboration and to retain the many mutual benefits that this brings.


Vivienne Hine

Education and Early Careers Manager

BAE Systems, Maritime Services, Portsmouth.

June 2018


IBM is proud to have been supporting Castle View Academy over many years. IBM volunteers have been involved in several Career Fair Events to inspire students with different routes and opportunities to careers in the area of Technology.  We have also been involved in Mock Interview Days led by EBP South, working with Year 10 students to help improve confidence and communication skills.

Ali Slater, an IBM employee, is the Enterprise Advisor for Castle View Academy working with the Careers Lead, Theresa Sear.  This is a programme led by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).  Together they have been working on imbedding employability skills in the school to help prepare young people for the world of work.  Ali has also been a one to one mentor on the City of Service Mentoring Programme working with Year 11 students. This programme helps inspire students and support them with planning for college interviews, writing CVs, guiding and listening and providing support with revision planning for GCSEs.

Ali said 'It has been a pleasure supporting the school as their volunteer Enterprise Advisor. I work with Theresa looking at strategic planning and activities around careers and employability whilst enhancing my skills and knowledge about the school environment. I have also enjoyed supporting students as a mentor and making a difference in the lives of young people by helping them to achieve their dream places at college and dream jobs in the future.'

We work closely with Castle View Academy to ensure as smooth as possible a transition from school to Portsmouth College. We have always found Castle View to be genuine partners of the college, working hard to both encourage and facilitate the progression of their learners to further education. They have always participated fully in our key transition activities, Year 10 Taster Days, Open Evenings and Year 11 Introduction Days. We look forward to continuing to work ever more closely with Castle View Academy in the future. 

Simon Barrable, Deputy Principal, Portsmouth College

The Girls’ Network supports Castle View Academy to inspire and empower girls by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models through a bespoke mentoring programme, over a year.

We also provide empowering workshops from taking girls to Parliament to supporting girls with their public speaking.  All this has meant, over our 3-year relationship supporting the school, that the impact on the girls’ confidence, resilience, self-belief and motivation has been huge – helping them achieve their ambitions.

Working together we provide girls with a future that is unlimited.


We have been working closely with Castle View Academy and Mrs Sear, the Careers Co-ordinator for the past few years. It really makes a difference when schools have a dedicated Careers Co-ordinator. We are able to communicate effectively and ensure that pupils of King Richard have full access to options Post-16. We have attended parents evenings, results days, careers fairs, mock interviews and Year 10 and 11 assemblies. We offer Year 10 taster days so that pupils are able to try out a subject or two before they apply to college.

Kelly Chinorwadza

Careers and School Liaison Adviser

Bernard Amos, Helistrat Chairman

“We are proud have been able to support our local community by working with Castle View Academy on several projects over the past year. We have seen these projects build the pupils’ confidence and ambition as well as equipping them with the skills and knowledge that will prepare them in the future. We look forward to assisting with future projects and contributing towards the development of the next generation of leaders.”

Landsec @ Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays was pleased to work with Castle View Academy in its Made in Portsmouth programme.  The Management team invited Year 10 students from three local secondary schools to work in teams to plan, develop and present their ideas for a ‘Portsmouth’ related tourism gift that could be sold in the Centre.  It was pleasing to see how the students from Castle View developed over the period, gaining in confidence and working as a team to come up with their product which they presented in front of a panel of dragons.

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