Careers & PSHEC

Students at Lode Heath School can be assured of receiving a wide range of experiences, support and guidance to help them make decisions about their future.  This starts in Year 7, and supports students through to leaving us in Year 11. 

Lode Heath School co-created the design of the Life Ready Programme (Solihull) which provides a framework designed to develop independent, life ready young adults.  The programme is based on evidence from the Gatsby FoundationCareer Development Institute, the DfE Careers Strategy and the Confederation of British Industry.

The shared vision of the Life Ready Solihull Programme is that ‘students leaving Lode Heath will have the skills, knowledge and dynamism to reach their full career potential, to meet the needs of employers and to contribute to the economic growth of the borough and GBS LEP’. Therefore we are always looking to engage with local businesses to improve the support we can offer our students and staff in the delivery of the curriculum and wider opportunities, please do make contact with our careers leader if you can offer your assistance.

The careers leader for Lode Heath School is Mr Gareth Davies ( or 0121 272 3850. The school's CEC Enterprise Advisor is Mr Andrew Cole, who is employed as the Revenue Development Director for the NEC Group. Mr Cole is also a Director of the Arden Multi Academy trust providing governance and oversight of careers and work related learning activity.

For more support or guidance please also refer to the following links with our preferred partner - Barclays Life Skills.

British Values

British Values and Lode Heath School

During their journey from Year 7 through to Year 11 our pupils gain: 

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety

  • An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence

  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

  • An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination


We accomplish this through;

  • Our form time and assembly programme

  • Year 7 & 8 PSHEC lessons

  • Five ‘Life Ready Day’s across the academic year

  • Other vetted visiting speakers

  • Extra-curricular clubs, trips and visits

  • A poster in every classroom to remind pupils of the values (click here for a copy)

  • Some pupils will also opt to study GCSE Citizenship

Lode Heath School,
Lode Lane, Solihull,

B91 2HW

Tel: 0121 704 1421


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