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. Get Curious! Explore all the latest information and opportunities to support your career options with the Heart of the South West’s free-to-use student Padlet Careers Hub
2. 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.
Watch here a variety of successful (and some famous) professionals speak about their work and how to achieve within their industry.
3. Aged 12-18? Looking for immersive work experience in a range of STEM and Medicine careers?
Check out this flyer for more information on paid live or virtual courses in a range of careers, including Engineering, Psychology, Banking, Nursing, Forensic Science and more.
Booking expected to be full by 30 September 2021.
4. Virtual Law Fair 2021
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd October 2021 – Register here for the UK’s biggest law fair!
- Join live workshops and presentations every day.
- Meet top law firms and law schools in our Networking Expo.
- Brand new platform with enhanced features.
- After the fair, continue to use our Digital Campus – we’ve held more than 350 exclusive employer events!
5. UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair
Wednesday 20th October 2021 from 12 noon to 6pm.
We are delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to explore post-18 options.
The UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair states that it is an easy way to explore a wide range of universities, colleges and apprenticeships from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to speak directly with exhibitors from all around the UK to receive expert application advice and guidance.
The event features exclusive webinars on Careers and Employability, How to Write Your Personal Statement, Completing Your UCAS Application, and Degree Apprenticeships.
You will be able to:
• Participate in 10 live webinars
• Live chat with admissions experts
• Explore universities with virtual campus tours
• Enter to win one of five £100 Amazon vouchers
The UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair is open to all, but each student must register to attend.
To register visit: UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fairs October 2021
It is best to do this prior to the event to avoid taking time on the day and we recommend that students use their school email to register.
6. UK Medical Work Experience Week
Are you an aspiring medic? Then this award-winning medical school preparation course for students aged 15+ might interest you. It provides all the work experience, insight and medical school preparation a student needs to gain a place at medical school. It combines hospital-simulated experience where students take part in A&E scenarios with state-of-the-art technology, with UCAT/BMAT, Interview, Personal Statement, Seminars, Lectures and Clinical Skills – all packed into one week.
Dates: 24 – 30 October 2021
7. Considering Law as a career?
Hear from Clifford Chance – one of the world’s biggest law firms at a Virtual Law Work Experience on Tuesday October 26th from 9pm – 4pm.
Hear from some of the most experienced lawyers and solicitors during workshops specifically designed for this event, as well as having the chance to ask your questions to the very best!
If you’d like to attend this rare opportunity make sure to apply quickly to ensure your spot is secured using the link below:
Law Virtual Work Experience:
• Tuesday 26th October, 9am – 4pm
• Partner welcome talk
• An insight to law, their different departments and areas of work (including non law routes)
• Breakout rooms with solicitors in talking about different areas of law
• Workshops & interactive sessions
• Open to all Y11, S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S6, Y14 & college students
• FREE opportunity but limited spaces
7. Law Virtual Work Experience
BrowneJacobson are a top 50 law firm with offices all over the UK and revenues of £80million. This work experience provides you with a fantastic insight into how a law firm works and makes money, the different departments they have and an opportunity to ask your questions to top legal professionals.
- Wednesday 27th October, 9am – 4pm
- Senior Partner welcome talk
- An insight to law, their different departments and areas of work
- Variety of speakers including QC’s, barristers & solicitors
- Talk from Shaun Wallace / Dark Destroyer (Barrister) from the Chase (ITV)
- Talk from Lubna Shuja (2022 President of The Law Society) – “The importance of diversity and open access to a legal career for all”
You will receive a Certificate of Completion that you can add to your CV and talk about in your UCAS applications / future job interviews. We will also provide you with a reference from the firm.
This opportunity is open to all students in Y10 / S3, Y11 / S4 / 4th Year, Y12 / S5 / 5th Year, Y13 / S6 / 6th Year, Y14 & university students.
8. Aged 12-18? The Oxford Scholastica Academy is running a range of Virtual Internships in October/November:
- Economics & International Development Internship
- Law Internship
- Medicine Internship
- Psychology & Neuroscience Internship
Cost: £995. Apply via the website here.
9. 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: https://lloydsemergingtalent.com/emerging-talent
Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart
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.
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 Mr Adam Thomas, Assistant Head – Teaching & Learning:
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. Our Provider Access Policy Statement can be read here.
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
The next review of this information will be in September 2021.