The school has a well-structured programme of careers education and guidance, initially delivered through the tutorial system in Years 9 and 10 and then later through weekly lessons in small groups from Year 11 onwards.

There are opportunities for aptitude and interest testing, mock interviews and university and careers workshops, designed to guide pupils with both subject and Higher Education choices. In the Summer Term the department holds a three-day Enterprise Challenge for Year 9 to formally introduce pupils to the work of the Careers Department and to develop essential employability skills. The school has a well-resourced Careers Room and Reference Library to make access to the wealth of up-to-date online resources possible. It is open throughout the school day, and students are encouraged to come in and make full use of the resources available and to discuss and research their plans and ideas.

Year 11 has dedicated careers lessons on a carousel basis in the Autumn and Spring Terms where we prepare them for choices post-16 and help them to write a CV and letters of application for essential work experience at the end of that year.

Sixth Form

Lower Sixth Form students also have a chance to take the COA Centigrade test to help them make choices post-18. The addition to normal careers lessons, we provide presentation and interview workshops, networking opportunities with Old Clayesmorians in the form of our exciting “Back to the Future Day”. We also provide opportunities for the students to attend talks from visiting speakers on Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs), taking a gap year and studying abroad. Clayesmore is a passionate advocate of the new apprenticeships and provides help and support through Amazing Apprenticeships and Rate My Apprenticeship.

In the Lower Sixth the department arranges two personalised visit days for the year group to universities within our local region: University of Southampton and Oxford Brookes. We also attend a Higher Education Fair (UCAS Exhibition) at Exeter and Bristol Universities, and advertise taster courses and insight and experience days run by Inspiring Futures and the University of London. In addition, we provide help with work experience placements and gap year options when opportunities arrive through our Clayesmore network and links abroad.

 A Higher Education Day (UCAS Day) just before half term provides the launch of the formal stage of the University application cycle. Students register in the morning and attend a workshop on writing the personal statement, and parents are invited to an afternoon lecture on the UCAS process.

Parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s career planning and have full access to the numerous online resources of the department. They receive copies of the Cambridge Occupational Analysts’ (COA) profiling tests in Year 11, and parents of Lower Sixth students are encouraged to sign up to the UCAS parents’ site for further information and advice.

The Clayesmore Careers Department also offers post A-Level assistance for those wishing to apply to university after they have left the school and have received their results.

UCAS Applications

100% of Clayesmore Sixth Formers, who want to, achieve a place at the university of their choice – many at the prestigious Russell Group and other leading universities.

This is a reflection of the results achieved through the hard work and dedication of the students, the excellent teaching and the unparalleled levels of attention given to every single UCAS application form.

  • Advice on the right university for you
  • Support from Tutors, the Head of Sixth Form and the Head in preparing your personal statement
  • Interview skills days
  • Advice on work experience opportunities
  • Opportunities for leadership, challenge and responsibility

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