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Welcome to Careers


Ms P Watmore

Careers Adviser & Coordinator

Year 10 Work Experience Week 9-13 May 2022

All students who have placements for next week, have been issued a personalised Work Experience Log Book.  It is their responsibility to complete this during the week whilst on placement.  There is a page for students to gain a reference/feedback on their achievements during work experience, it is important that students get this completed by their Employer before they leave their placement.

Students/families must phone school if their child is unable to attend the placement due to illness.

A teacher will be phoning the placement on day one, to ensure they have arrived at the work place safely.

Careers Week 2021

A very successful Careers Week in School 29th Nov – 2nd Dec 2021.  Our visitors were very impressed with the resilience and optimism of our Year 11 students demonstrated during their mock interviews.

The Careers Fair was also very successful.  Greenwood Projects said how much they enjoyed talking to our students and that they are looking forward to coming back again next year ! West Mercia Police enjoyed the event with a positive opportunity to meet young people,  and all our visitors remarked that our students are a credit to the school!

For parents and students: Learn more about apprenticeships and how to apply

National Careers Week 7-11 March

Aspire Webinar Series Poster

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Career Exploration Week

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Parents Guide to National Careers Week

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Letter to students from Government Minister

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Letter to Parents from Government Minister

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About Our Subject

Our school has high aspirations for all our students and is committed to providing excellent careers advice and guidance.

Our students gain first-hand experience of the world of work and learn, with support, how to make important decisions in their education and careers. We provide impartial and independent careers guidance for our students encouraging them to explore many different career pathways.

Students begin dedicated lessons from Year 7 when they make their option choices and can research subject choices and the links to different career opportunities.

In Year 9, this research continues using online resources and individual profiling intended to allow students to highlight their personality development and subjects they are most interested in. Presentation skills are tested here by students sharing their research with the class.

Year 10 and 12 students have the opportunity for a work experience week (Year 10 in March or April and Year 12 in July), the careers lessons focus on the challenge of finding a placement, and understanding employer expectations. Year 12 students are also encouraged to take up every opportunity for work experience throughout the year outside of term time.

Years 11, 12 and 13 students will have individual careers guidance linked to making their post 16 and post 18 option choices along with lessons themed on CV writing, interview techniques and completing application forms delivered by our Careers Advisor. For Year 12 students there are intensive careers courses aimed at competing university entrance application. They will experience mock interviews and a Careers Fair in school attended by businesses, Higher Education Universities and vocational Colleges

Students attend many career-related events and visits to businesses and Higher Education institutions to encourage the ethos of ‘aim higher’. There is a very professional programme of career breakfasts for Years 12 and 13 students. For Oxbridge entrants and those wishing to follow careers in Medicine, there are planned tutorials to prepare them for highly qualified careers.

To develop awareness of employability skills, we have built and maintained relationships with employers and the professional community, forging links and partnerships between Education and Business.

The year 2022 saw 227 Year 10 students at 167 different work placements, a highlight of which was 10 students subsequently being offered apprenticeships mostly as a direct result of their work experience.
All Year 12 students gained some exciting placements within industries such as Aerospace Engineering, cyber security, prosthetic laboratories, banking and finance.

Launch of Three Counties Agricultural Society Virtual Careers Fair 2022


Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire CollegeRoyal Agricultural UniversityHarper AdamsUniversity of WolverhamptonHartpury University & Hartpury CollegeUniversity of WorcesterWorcestershire ApprenticeshipsPrinces TrustBritish Horse SocietyBritish Horseracing AuthorityGemini Accident Repair CentresHazlewoodsWorcester BoschBritish Association of Landscape IndustriesLearning Services WorcestershireRoyal Aeronautical SocietyTallis Amos GroupResourcesDirectory

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The focus is on profiling, understanding skills and moving forward to look at subject choices in Year 8 and examples of the wide range of careers and opportunities that subjects can lead to.

The focus for Year 10 is work experience – every student will have the opportunity of spending one week in the work place supported by a database of over 500 companies, organisations and businesses. All Year 11 students will have lessons on preparation for college interviews, CV writing, how to make themselves ‘stand out’.  We continuing the profiling with personality testing.  All Year 11 students are offered individual careers interviews with information and guidance on their future plans and pathways.

Our A Level students have careers appointments with myself discussing their pathways to Higher Education, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Gap Years, Employment and Voluntary work. We have a dedicated member of staff to assist with UCAS applications.  There are careers breakfasts and an Impetus Calendar of Lectures.  Annually there is an internal careers fair attended by Oxford, Worcester and Birmingham Universities and supported by some high level businesses such as Qinetiq, Jaguar, Malvern Instruments, Mazak, CH2M, Titania, Bishop Fleming, Marks & Spencer, UTC Aerospace, GE Aviation  and all the armed forces.

All Year 12 students have a work experience week in July.


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