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. Springpod Work Experience Guide 2020

Download your guide to the UK’s top employers’ 2020 work experience programmes – remember that January is a crucial time for applications as many employers will be closing their application windows shortly.

2. 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:

3. 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.

4. The Sutton Trust US Programme

What is it?
The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support students from state schools across the UK to explore US study and access leading universities. It includes two residentials in the UK before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities.
An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options. In the past eight years, we have helped more than 400 British students get places and funding at top US universities.

The programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.

How much does it cost for students?
The programme is free for students. All costs are covered by the programme – including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more.

Who are we looking for?
To be eligible to apply, students must:
• Currently be in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland
• Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying
• Not hold US citizenship
• Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
• Be interested in US culture and higher education
In addition, we are looking for students who:
• Would be the first generation of their family to attend university
• Have been eligible for Free School Meals
• Attend a school or college with a below-average A Level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression into higher education
• Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
• Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression into higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
• Have excellent GCSEs or S4 qualifications. This means you have achieved at or close to the following: In England and Northern Ireland: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above, or near this level. In Wales: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above, or near this level. In Scotland: at least six B passes at National 5 or above, or near this level.
The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to get a place on the programme.

When is the deadline for students to apply?
Students must submit their application by 19 January 2020.
However, we strongly advise they get started earlier, as the application form requires some thinking!

Where can I find out more and apply?
There’s lots more information on our website: and the application form can also be found there.
For student videos about their US week:

I am interested in learning more about US study, where can I find out more?
Beyond the Sutton Trust US Programme, Fulbright offers advice and support for students, teachers and parents looking at US universities. Check out our guide to US study and also USA College Day in September 2020.

5. Headstart

Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials, with applications from Year 12 open now: 

6. Local college/Sixth Form Open Events

Find out more about open events at local colleges for Spring/Summer 2020.

7. InvestIN has now launched its Spring Term career experience programmes, which are available for students to book onto now.

These include programmes in Marketing, Public Relations, Entrepreneurship, Film-making, Investment Banking, Law, Computer Science, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering and Politics. This term’s programmes will take place at UCL and the University of Manchester. They are costed but most take place at weekends. Please see this flyer for more information.

8. Leonardo Helicopters – apprenticeships applications open now (closing February 2020):

Interested in Business?
Business Administrator Apprentice – more info here

Interested in being an Engineering?
Craft Machining Apprentice – more info here
Craft Electrical Apprentice – more info here
Craft Mechanical Apprentice – more info here
Craft Transmissions Repair and Overhaul Apprentice – more info here
Craft Composites Apprentice – more info here

Interested in being an Electrician?
Craft Site/Transmissions Maintenance Apprentice – more info here

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 2020.