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Careers Guidance

Careers Information

All students have access to the careers software used across the school, which contains careers information, including pay scales, videos about the roles and routes into employment.  The school currently uses Kudos for this purpose from home and school and all students can access the National Careers Website.


Year 8

In year 8 students take a careers and pathways project. This looks at a range of careers and the routes into them tracing the journey back to smart choices at options time for GCSEs to A level and on to uni, apprenticeship etc. During the project the students put on a careers fair getting the opportunity to present about careers that they are interested in while learning from others about their choices. The whole project is further supported by visiting Alumni who come into lessons to talk about their own careers and the experiences and journey that led them to where they are today. Students find this fascinating. The project is designed to help students informed choices and hopefully relieve some of the anxiety about making decisions.


Year 9

During PSHE lessons Year 9 explore what it is like to be an employee, reviewing their rights and responsibilities.  In this changing world, it is important that they realise the different types of contract that they could be employed on, including zero hours contracts and the benefits and pitfalls within these.  We also review equal opportunities and what this means within the workplace and employment law.  This helps them build an understanding of what they can expect within the workplace


Year 10

In Year 10 PSHE students review themselves and the skills and qualities they have building a portfolio to identify the type of person they are and the types of careers which might suit them.  This is explored through a number of questionnaires and quizzes, to help them prepare for their next choices after Year 11.  Some students will have their 1 – 1 careers discussion with the Careers Team in this year.


Year 11

All students have a 1 – 1 careers discussion where they not only consider their next step into apprenticeships, further education colleges and 6th form colleges, but look further afield into their future career plans and what they want to go onto post 18, for example university and apprenticeships.  Follow up meetings are hosted with the students to support with applications and CV building as necessary.  During the first term of PSHE students have a number of visiting speakers to look further into their choices.  These sessions look at 6th form colleges, further education colleges, university and apprenticeships.  We have visiting Alumni who share their experiences with the students so to support them in making informed choices.  Students are encouraged to drop in to our Careers Surgery, to ask questions during break and lunch times for any additional support, this is available all year round.

Year 12

Work Experience (WEX)

As part of helping our students decide career paths and gain experience, we run a work experience programme at Steyning Grammar School where every student towards the end of Year 12 will take part in a one week placement within the work place. Students choose the area of work they would like to find out more about, whether this is because they want to follow this career path, or they are really not sure what to do but the type of work is of interest which will help them decide if it is for them. Students select the type of work/employer and then work with the WEX coordinator to find a suitable match. All Year 12 students are expected to take part to help them with their understanding of the world of work and gain those important skills employers are looking for. It can also be invaluable for students choosing degree courses that need to have a work place experience as part of the application process.

Year 13
In Year 13 students complete their UCAS application for university in the autumn term.  Learning mentors support students in their personal writing.  This year we have introduced a new software programme, called OSCAR to help support students in their personal statement writing. We also have a number of students supported by Mrs Linsdell, applying for a range of apprenticeships. We have a weekly Next Steps programme focusing on a range of workshops to help with progression pathways: preparing for job and university interviews, Gap Year opportunities, CV writing workshops with access to KUDOS software as well as student speakers giving first hand insight into their experiences of the different rounds of apprenticeship interviews. 


Employers are always needed to help us with placements for our students, we would be very grateful to any employer who is able to help us with a placement for a Year 12 student, please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out more, you can phone Alex Pinhorn on the school number (01903 814555 ex 215) to ask any questions you might have. Or complete the form in the link below to express your interest.   

Employer Engagement Form



Further information

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They provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay and get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)


Brighton and Sussex Medical School runs a programme called BrightMed aimed at Year 8 students moving into Year 9. This widening participation initiative aims to identify and support young people who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors. BrightMed will increase young peoples’ awareness of studying medicine and will endeavour to raise the aspirations of young people involved in the programme.


There are a number of university course options whereby you can combine studying for a degree whilst working for a particular company or even get sponsored through university.


STEM experience courses at university for Year 12 (16-17 year old) students. During the end of Year 12 and into the summer holidays students will attend a university for a residential course lasting between 3 and 4 days.  You can apply from the mid-September for the courses and you can select up to 5 courses.  You will be advised if you have been successful in early March.  There is a charge for these courses, however you can apply for a bursary.


These courses offer Year 10 students the chance to explore different apprenticeships and university courses, to understand the fantastic career opportunities and compare different routes into STEM. The courses are designed to help you make well informed decisions when choosing the next step in your education. These courses are non residential and are spread over different universities across the UK, please click the link to find out more.  There is a charge of for these courses, however you can apply for a bursary.


Accredited work experience for young people aged 9 - 21.  By taking part in an accredited experience, you’ll build and enhance your skills and knowledge as you're mentored by industry role models and as you take part in structured activities that will allow you to demonstrate your progress, helping you to succeed in your future study and career choices.


Paid career development work placements for students completing A levels or equivalent qualifications or as part of a university sandwich year. Students are placed with the 300 top UK companies every year including Shell, Rolls Royce, EDF, Network Rail and GKN. Placements are available for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics.


The Sutton Trust work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. They are concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their family background, school or neighbourhood.


They run a number of programmes to support students with the most common of these being the UK Summer School Programme for Year 12 students, which opens in early January and closes in early March, check their website for specific dates and eligibility criteria.



The Sutton Trust run a number of Pathway Programmes

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We have a license for Kudos which is an online careers guidance program for students.  The program motivates young people to consider options they may previously have not considered as a career opportunity.  The students have been emailed our code to make an account and this software can be accessed both in and out of school.


After students have completed their studies at 6th Form or Further Education College they can move onto university.  Each university course has its own entry criteria and students are strongly advised to check the UCAS website and to attend the Open Days of their preferred university. This can be useful to search when choosing A Levels/FE.


Students receive a loan for their tuition and accommodation and further information can be found on the link below.







Further Educations Colleges


Greater Brighton MET – includes campuses at Brighton and Northbrook Campuses in Worthing and Shoreham.


Plumpton College.

Chichester College – Campuses at  Chichester, Brinsbury and Crawley.