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A summary of our planned programme is shown below:

  • During Years 7-10 students have timetabled lessons to explore their own career options.  This follows a programme that is mapped against the CDI Framework for Careers
  • Details of the Careers curriculum topics that form the taught element of our programme can be found on our Individual Development Programme (IDP) page
  • Careers resources are embedded into all subject curriculum plans, this includes motivational videos
  • Careers resources are embedded into our Form Time programme for all year groups
  • Every subject area organises virtual or in-person careers events.  For example, in the last 12 months Grayson Perry has led an Art lesson, our students joined a debate with Greta Thunberg, chefs have visited Food technology lessons, ex-students have given talks on their career pathways so far
  • National careers week, Apprenticeship week, Science week, Black History month and T-level week are all used as a focus in lessons and/or assemblies
  • All student careers activity is recorded on Xello/Compass+, any students needing help accessing their records should contact Mrs Appleby
  • Every student has the opportunity to meet at least two employers per year either in person or through online meetings
    • For example, in RE and IDP students meet a youth worker, health worker and voluntary worker
  • In Year 9 students take part in the Pathways programme, this includes an evening for parents
  • In Year 10 all students have the opportunity to take part in two weeks of work experience. We encourage them to find their own placements or select from a range provided by school
  • During Year 10 and/or Year 11 we invite parents and carers to our Apprenticeships fair and post-16 evening where parents and students have the opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers and to learn more about technical routes
  • Year 11 students have the opportunity to have a mock interview thanks to a range of volunteers who visit school

  • All students will receive one-to-one Careers guidance during their time at West Hill School.  A careers interview takes place which is a one-to-one meeting with a suitably qualified, independent advisor.  This explores each student's subject areas, their interests, their skills and helps with possible plans for the future. There are no right or wrong answers. Students will be given impartial advice and may be given suggestions for further actions
  • Any student from Years 7-Year 11 who would like a careers interview at any specific time can request one by contacting Mrs Appleby, the Careers Leader. This can be requested by e-mailing  
  • We welcome new workplace links and work experience placements for our students. 
  • Any colleges or employers who would like to work with the school should read our provider access policy
  • The guidance for our Year 9 boys and their Parents & Carers, about the Year 9 Pathways Programme at West Hill School can be found on our Year 9 Pathways page.  This includes a presentation and careers links for each of our curriculum areas.