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 the School’s Independent Careers Advisor and on the Student Information Area below.

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. Speakers for Schools

As part of our commitment to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to prepare them for life beyond school, we have joined Speakers for Schools – a national network helping schools and students access influential people and opportunities to help raise aspirations. This service allows students to access free events, virtual talks, resources and wider careers programmes including virtual work experience opportunities. All opportunities will be listed below. Students in Year 10-13 have been offered the option to register their interest for bespoke careers opportunities from Speakers for Schools, but will need to have completed the required school form (previously sent to parents/guardians) to support the application process – please ask Mr Thomas for more information.

New Virtual Work Experience Opportunities from Speakers for Schools are as follows: 

Staffordshire University
Date: 23rd June 2021
Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds.
Application Deadline: 13th June 2021

NHS Improvement
1st July
6th July
Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in a profession in nursing.
Application Deadline: 15th June 2021.

Build Yourself with Wates 
Dates: 19th – 23rd July
Eligibility: 14 -19 year olds interested in a Career in Construction.
Application Deadline: 30th June 2021

BAM Great Yarmouth – Sustainability 
Dates: 7th July 2021
Eligibility: 14 -19 year olds interested in Engineering and Construction.
Application Deadline: 20th June 2021

Johnson Matthey 
Dates: 12th July – 16th July 2021
Eligibility: 15 -19 year olds interested in Transport, Technology, Sales, Research, Regulation, Quality Assurance, Production, Product Testing, Operations, Health, Environmental, Engineering, Commercial, Business
Application Deadline: 16th June 2021

Dates: 24th June 2021
Eligibility: 16 -19 year olds interested in Retail & FMCG, Operations, Marketing & PR, Lifestyle, Digital Media & Publishing, Digital & Online, Design, Creative
Application Deadline: 13th June 2021

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Dates: 14th July 2021 – Somerset preference
Eligibility: 16 -19 year olds interested in Health

Application Deadline: 17th June 2021

Babcock Marine 
Dates: 29th June – 1st July 2021
Eligibility: 14 -19 year olds interested in Warehouse/Workshop, Visitor Experience, Training Operations, Technology, Technical Services, Strategy & Planning, Service, Quality Assurance, Production, Logistics, Corporate
Application Deadline: 11th June 2021

Danny Sullivan  
Dates: 12th – 16th July 2021
Eligibility: 15 -19 year old women interested in Construction.
Application Deadline: 16th June 2021

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Bristol
Dates: 19th July – 23rd July 2021
Eligibility: 14 -16 year olds interested in Technology

Application Deadline: 16th June 2021

Science Creates 
Dates: 7th July 2021
Eligibility: 14 -19 year olds interested in Visitor Services, Visitor Experience, Service, Operations, Marketing & PR, Management, Laboratory, Human Resources, Education, Community Engagement, Commercial, Business, Building Management, Administration                                   Application Deadline: 11th June 2021

Devon Training Hub – South West
14th July
15th July
Eligibility: 14 – 15 year olds interested Youth Engagement, Health
Application Deadline: 14th June 2021.

2. BDO Summer Work Experience

If you are interested in Business or Accounting then this opportunity is for you!

For one evening only you can join leaders from BDO who will talk to you about their brand new Virtual Insight Week. During the session they will talk to you about the program, an overview of BDO, as well as giving you some inside knowledge on how to pass their application process.

BDO is the 5th largest accounting firm in the world with over 91,000 employees across 167 countries, and $10billion in revenue.

About the Programme:
Explore BDO Virtual Insight Week runs from 5th–9th July 2021 and is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the world of accountancy and BDO.

If you’d like to find out more about this program please sign up below to join our upcoming webinar. There are very limited places (55 spots for this programme) so if you are interested please do book on ASAP.

Webinar Application Link:

4. Interested in a career in healthcare?

Join Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital for three day work experience event:

Health & Social Care in Somerset, Three Day Virtual Work Experience
Tues 13th July – Thurs 15th July 2021
9:00 am – 3.00 pm

Find out about the range of careers available and what it’s like to work in the health and social care sector. You will take part in a group project and hear from the following:

  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital
  • Somerset Care
  • St Margaret’s Hospice
  • Somerset Primary Care Services
  • Somerset County Council’s Social Care Services
  • Somerset Community Pharmacy Services
  • Spark Somerset

Applications are welcomed from all individuals (aged 14 – 19), but priority will be given to students applying for this opportunity as part of a formal work experience week.
Application deadline: Thursday 17th June 2021
Apply at:

5. The University of Law: Virtual Work Experience Scheme

The University of Law’s Real World Virtual Work Experience application process went live on Thursday 1st April.

The three day scheme, running 26-28 July, is designed for students in Year 11, 12 or 13 who have missed out on opportunities to enhance their skill set and build their CV due to the pandemic.

This year, the Real World Work Experience Scheme is expanding to cover even more professional areas across the legal and business sectors, with the aim of ensuring more students know what to expect and can develop key skills ready for the workplace.

As part of the scheme, students will get the opportunity to:
– Gain insight into what working for a law firm or business is like
– Develop transferable skills
– Complete mock tasks that replicate real work activity
– Experience lectures delivered by professionals
– Expand your employability skills
– Network with students, business advisors and lawyers
More information can be found on our website here:

To secure a place on the scheme, students must complete a short application form which is on the webpage above and submit it no later than 5pm Friday 18th June. The University of Law team will then be in touch with applicants after the closing date. If there are any queries or problems with the application form, students can contact

6. Pathways to Property Summer School 2021

Read this flyer for more information about the Pathways to Property free summer school, available to students in Year 9 upwards. It is designed to give insights into a future career in the property sector.

7. Apprenticeships at Lloyd’s of London

Applications for Apprenticeship programmes at Lloyd’s of London are officially open. Starting in 2021, they will be running three core programmes: Business, Insurance and Financial Services Operations. The office locations are London and Chatham, Kent.

Each of their Apprenticeship programmes are between 18 months and 3 years long and involve rotations within different departments to provide you with a range of experiences so you can discover where your interests and strengths lie. View the webpage here for more information:

8. Headstart

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

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.

Provider Access Statement

A provider wishing to request access should contact Wendy Watson, Independent Careers Advisor:
Telephone: 01749 813393

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into our careers preparation programme outlined above, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Access to students will be granted or refused at these events depending on the suitability of the topic for discussion, as determined by the Careers Team and in line with our Safeguarding Policy, which outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors. Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy. Please speak to our Independent Careers Advisor to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities
When accessing students, we will provide suitable rooms (for example the school hall), wifi connection and HDMI cables for presenting audio/video. Please agree these facilities ahead of your visit with the Independent Careers Advisor, who will also take receipt of any handouts for distribution among students.

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. Adam Thomas (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.