Background and ethos

The Careers and Work Experience programme is designed to support pupils in making well informed and realistic decisions.  All pupils have an equal entitlement to high quality independent and impartial careers guidance that provides them with an understanding of the world of work, helps them to explore career options and supports them in making decisions about the opportunities open to them.  As an 11-18 school we strive to enable all pupils to make an effective post KS3, 16 and 18 transfer and to leave them equipped with career skills that will help them in the future. 


The programme is designed to:

  • Empower pupils to plan and manage their own futures
  • Respond to the needs of each learner
  • Provide comprehensive information and advice
  • Raise aspirations
  • Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenge stereotypes
  • Help young people to progress


Throughout the academic year a range of activities take place designed to provide pupils with information, advice and guidance.  Examples include:

  • Sixth Form: Careers interviews, UCAS preparation activities, Speakers, Higher Apprenticeship presentation, Work Experience, UCAS tutors, UCAS assemblies with speakers from a range of universities, Community Service Programme, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Extended Curriculum in July (two weeks of work-related and enrichment activities)
  • Fifth Form:  Careers Interviews with an Independent Careers Adviser, Apprenticeship Information Morning, Preparing for Opportunities Session (how to write CV’s, letters of application and interview skills), Sixth Form Options Evening, Targeted Mentoring
  • Fourth Form: Work Experience, Employability lessons, Mock Interviews, Plotr Sessions, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Enterprise Challenges
  • Third Form: Cascaid Kudos Tutorial, The National Enterprise Challenge Day, Barclays Life Skills
  • Second Form: Cascaid Kudos Tutorial, GCSE Options Afternoon & Evening, Barclays Life Skills
  • First Form: Enterprise sessions, Cascaid Kudos Tutorial, Barclays Life Skills
  • All: Biennial Careers and UCAS fair, Employer Talks in Assemblies, Career and University Trips, Careers and Aspirations Surveys, Motivational and Inspirational Speakers in Assemblies


Our Careers & Further Education website on our VLE is packed with resources, links and opportunities such as open days, UCAS events, work experience and more.

A careers library is located within the Addison building and is easily accessible to pupils and staff.  Cascaid Kudos careers software is available to all pupils which allows them to research a range of careers and helps them to identify individual skills and strengths.  An A3 laminated list of careers websites is displayed in all form rooms and all pupils from the First to Fifth Form have a copy of the list in their diaries. 

As well as strong links with our external careers advisers, we constantly strive to expand our links with employers to improve the provision of work experience placements and pupil understanding of the wider world of work.

Below are some useful links related to careers education:

For more information on careers, please email the Head of Careers at

You can also follow us on twitter: @cvmscareers

Contribute to our Careers Education

Are you an employer or do you work within an organisation who would be willing to work with our school in order to improve employer engagement and careers education for our pupils? If so, email with the following information:

Contact Name

Organisation Name

Industry / area of work

What activities would you like to be involved in such as

  • Offering work experience placements
  • Mentoring pupils
  • Giving a presentation in an assembly
  • Attending careers fairs
  • Attending careers advice speed networking events
  • Running a workshop or group session
  • Sponsoring careers education
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