Careers preparation at Sexey's School

At Sexey’s School we provide all our students in Years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive programme of careers preparation, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL) to complement their curriculum learning and prepare them for life after school.

Careers preparation programme


Key Stage 3- Introduction into careers and interest guides
- Planning for the future – let’s talk about jobs!
Key Stage 4- Year 10: Employability and block work experience
- Year 11: Financials
- Taster days at local colleges
- Careers presentations: including talks from professionals and local employers
- South Somerset Careers Convention at Fleet Air Army Museum, Yeovilton
- CV writing and assistance with post 16 applications
- External speakers covering all post 16 (and post 18) options
Key Stage 5- UCAS convention visit, UWE, Bristol for all Year 12
- Oxbridge conference for HE+ students
- HE+ programme to support Oxbridge and competitive applications for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry
- Regular talks from professionals and local employers
- Work experience week (including briefing and debriefing)
- Y12: Allocated careers week (July) with university visits, professional speakers, workshops on GAP years, university, apprenticeships and employment
- Support and presentations on CVs, letters and application formats, including mock interview practice
- Access to alumni network of speakers and careers advice
- A Level results and clearing service
Post Sixth Form/Year 11- Ex-Sexey’s students can access support from the Independent Careers Adviser in the year after they have left, e.g. Gap Year students, those wishing to change their university course, look for apprenticeships, or recovering from illness


All students can access up to date labour market information and research tools via Moodle and the School’s Independent Careers Advisor.

Full details of our Careers Policy can be read and downloaded here.

Measurement and assessment of the impact of our careers programme

The impact of Sexey’s careers programme is assessed by the Assistant Head using the following means:

  • Lesson and tutor observations within PSHE lessons as part of School Self Evaluation
  • Student focus groups. Resulting action points then feed into the following years’ planning process to ensure they are addressed.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks undertaken in conjunction with the careers adviser.

Upcoming events: Student area

  1. Virtual Schools Discovery Day – Friday 30th October, 1-4.30pm

Are you interested in a career in law and becoming a barrister? Then sign up for our free upcoming online Discovery Day!

The Inner temple are pleased to host another Discovery Day for Schools – taking place online on Friday 30th October 1-4.30pm, and including:

  • Q&A panel discussion on progression to and life at the Bar
  • Interactive workshop looking at a variety of legal exercises to give you an insight into being a barrister

It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn from professionals in the industry, and ask the burning questions you have on the realities of being a barrister.

All places for this day are free, and it will be held online via Zoom.

Sign up here:

2. Goldman Sachs Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Get a head start on a career in Goldman Sachs engineering while studying for a degree in Computer Science. This four year programme runs in association with Queen Mary University of London.
Read More:

3. Thales Careers Insight Days in October Half Term

Yeovil company, Thales, is running a series of virtual events in the October half term, starting with the Thales Insight Day (being repeated on the 26th, 27th and 28th October).

The event is open to Years 11-13 interested in a career in STEM/Aeronautical Engineering and is made up of a series of talks, workshops and live Q&A where students will have the opportunity to learn more about Thales and the range of STEM careers that are available to young people.

For more details on the full range of events:
For students – 26th – 28th October:

For parents – 27th October 6pm -7.30pm:

4. InvestIN Education: The Young Leaders Global Summit, 19-23rd December 2020

The Young Leaders Global Summit gives students aged 12-18 a 360-degree experience of what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s globalised world. Over the course of 5 days, you will work with highly-successful leaders, including the astronaut Major Tim Peake and a high-profile MP, to gain the key skills required to be a leader in any field: innovation, team-building, negotiation, public speaking, strategy and critical thinking. Throughout the Summit you will be immersed in a variety of interactive simulations designed to develop these core leadership qualities. This event is virtual and will be held online. Places cost between £375-£595 and can be registered for here.

5. University of Law – Virtual Criminal Investigation Day
Our incredibly popular Criminal Investigation Day is back, for Year 10-13 students who didn’t get a chance to take part over the summer.

Throughout the morning, we will investigate the Stephen Lawrence murder case, which contributed to major changes within the law, policing & society. This virtual event will allow students to discover what happened, follow the campaign to get justice, and consider the impact of institutional racism on the legal system.

Weds 28 October 10:00 – 12:30
Students must individually book their places: here

6. Springpod Work Experience Guide 2020

Download your guide to the UK’s top employers’ 2020 work experience programmes.

7. Leonardo Helicopters: Apprentice and Graduate vacancies for the 2020 intake are now live on the Leonardo People and Careers webpage. To access vacancies, please follow the links below:

8. IBM Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry, with lots of exposure given. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates. Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £20,000/annum. Roles open periodically throughout the year and you can register your interest for more information here.

9. Headstart

Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials: 

10. Engineering and Business Apprenticeships with Honeywell Aerospace Yeovil: Read this leaflet for more information.

11. Peninsula Pathways Workshops

If you are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, dental therapy & biomedical sciences then you may want to kick start your preparation for university courses with this FREE online workshop run by Plymouth University:

Register and sign up at the link above.

12. Allied Health Professions: free career webinars

Join the I See the Difference team for their series of free career webinars introducing the Allied Health Professions (e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists, paramedics, orthoptists etc) – available over a range of dates and times.

13. Do you have what it takes to tackle cybercriminals and help protect the UK Government?

Cyber security professionals are on the exciting front line of information security – they manage and fight cyber threats, hazards and risks to secure and protect IT systems and staff from harm. Take a look at these cyber security opportunities starting from November 2020:

Become a Cyber Apprentice

The Government Security Profession is working across a number of government departments and agencies to bring you exciting career opportunities in cyber security – so you could become a Cyber Apprentice in the Civil Service in England.

Our employers are very keen to attract a broad spectrum of applicants from diverse backgrounds. If you are passionate about technology and want to make a real difference in the work you do – we want to hear from you.

Register here:

Hear more from previous Government Cyber Security Apprentices and find out why they’re glad they chose apprenticeships:

14. Virtual workshops from the University of Law Bristol Campus

We are pleased to let you know that bookings are now open for our virtual workshops, ideal for your students in Year 11-13 who are interested in studying or pursuing a career in Law/Criminology/Policing/Business.

Personal Statements & CVs
Find out what universities want to see in a personal statement and how to have a strong CV in the competitive job market.
14 October 4-5pm- book here

Case Study: Corporate Social Responsibility
Using real case studies to show how businesses affect and react to the environment. Should more be held accountable environmental damage?
5 November 4-5pm- book here

Students will need to register their place vis the links and will be sent a link to join us online the day before the event.
All sessions are delivered by DBS checked staff.

Careerometer 2 Widget

The widget below can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.

The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Find out more

Pupils, parents, teachers and employers may find out more information about Sexey’s School’s careers preparation programme by contacting:

Careers Leader Mr. Dan Glover (Assistant Head – Teaching & Learning) or Wendy Watson (Independent Careers Advisor)
Telephone: 01749 813393
Email us

The next review of this information will be September 2021.