Careers & Life Skills

Careers Leader: Ms C Jordan

Work Experience

Unfortunately work experience is cancelled for year 10 and 12 this summer as a result of the current social distancing measures. However, it is really important for our students to have outside experiences of the working world. We have sourced some opportunities for students to have Virtual work experiences.

Springpod is an excellent careers platform and presents students with an opportunity of investigating careers with podcasts and interviews on apprenticeships in different industries. Your child should have registered however you can view the website here


With the support of our sponsor JP Morgan, Success at school is creating a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. From university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years, this guide has it all.

Careers Leader:
C Jordan:

Careers & Life Skills Teacher:

S. Lane (

From this September years 8 to 10 will all receive a career’s lesson once a fortnight, these lessons will explore what career options are available to them and will be interactive and mainly discussion based. They will explore the various professions and work force will have companies and induvial people come into lesson a to show them what it’s like to work in retail, or to work as an engineer. They will also look at further education such as apprenticeships, college and university.

Year 11 are having a face to face interview with the leadership team to explore their choices and to support them in making them. Any of them that are unsure can have a chat with our new Career Teacher. Years 12 to 13 will also be able to access the new career teacher for any help or support with CV’s or making career choices..

UCAS – Year-12-13 – Important dates

Please find the UCAS road map here detailing important dates through the process starting in term 5 of year 12.

Personal Statements – Year 12

The deadline for draft personal statements for all year 12 is the end of June. Whether students are going to university or not, having a personal statement allows them to consider there strengths and weaknesses and interests whatever route they chose. The activities to support students are in their Careers and Development Google Classroom

Careers and Development Google Classrooms

Activities including personality tests, choices, investigating different careers, CV writing and UCAS applications are all available in each year group’s new Google Classroom. Do encourage your child to complete the activities as this will help them to make choices in year 10 and 12 for the next steps for their future.

University and Student Finance

Many parents and students are concerned about the debt their child may incur from attending university. Frightening headlines in the press haven’t helped parents who are quite rightly confused by student loans.

If your  child is considering university, please do read some of these helpful articles on “Beware paying Uni Fees upfront” “Student loans decoded” “Student Finance for parents” “What you repay – Student loans”  . If you are still concerned, please contact Ms Jordan


There are many good resources for finding apprenticeships. Within school we use,  Findanapprenticeship, and Springpod. Do review these with your child as it can become overwhelming with the choice available. Looking at the apprenticeships allows will help your child to get focussed for their exams as there will be a required entry level.