King James's School

Ambition and Life after KJS


Our Ambition curriculum is designed to encourage students to consider and reflect on the different options for life after King James’s and to enable them to set themselves aspirational goals which match their potential.

We do this in two different ways:

  1. Careers programme
  2. Tutor Time.


  1. Careers Programme

In Key Stage 3, students study a unit of work in PSHCE in the Autumn term where they look at themes such as:

  • Year 7: Employability skills, Labour market information and Choices at Post 16 and Post 18
  • Year 8: Stereotyping in the workplace, job sectors in West Yorkshire and jobs and careers of the future
  • Year 9: Pathways at KJS, different types of courses, jobs and careers linked to different courses.

In Key Stage 4, students study PP16 which is Preparation for Post 16. This is a series of units looking at:

  • Attributes and skills
  • Application forms, CV’s, personal statements and cover letters
  • Interviews
  • Work experience



2. Tutor time

In the tutor time programme and the assembly programme we look at themes such as:

  • What are my options when I leave KJS?
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Celebrating our Alumni
  • Labour Market Information – what is out there?

As a school, we work closely with C+K Careers, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, local Post 16 providers, apprenticeship providers and employers which allows students the opportunity to consider the different options available to them, the different ways that students can explore their potential and how they can learn about various routes and career paths. Throughout the year, we have different careers aspirations events that involve students and parents to ensure that everyone is aware of the different opportunities available once students leave King James’s School.