Careers and Enterprise

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Careers and Enterprise

At St Ives School we know that we are part of an Educational Journey for our students and so, from when students join us in Year 7, we have a programme of events that support their future focus and ambition.

Students in Years 7 and 8 start to be introduced to the world of work and careers in their Computer Science lessons. They use their software and computer skills to research careers and write CVs and letters.

In Year 8 our students choose their GCSE options. We offer advice and guidance to help them make a balanced selection so that they keep their future choices open.  Where students are unsure we provide one to one mentorship about their options and we give them “taster lessons” in new subjects so they are confident that they are making the right decisions.

Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 attend different local Careers Fairs where they can see some of the many opportunities on offer to them through visiting trade stands provided by local further education colleges, businesses, apprenticeship providers and the Armed Services.

We help our students consider future education choices and throughout the academic year local Colleges come into school to raise student awareness of the options they offer. We also employ an Independent Careers Advisor to help guide students through their future choices.

All Year 10 students attend Experience Days at the local Colleges where they enjoy taster lessons in the options they are considering studying and we encourage them to visit the Open Days offered by these institutions.  We also help them organise their week’s work experience where they gain valuable insights into the world of work.

Our Year 11 students receive one to one support, from our Independent Careers Advisor, to help them consider their future careers and make appropriate choices for the next steps of their education or training.  They are also receive help to complete their College Application Form so that they can be proud of the application they are making and all that they have achieved whilst at St Ives School.

Students wanting careers advice can make use of the excellent online resources at the National Careers Service  website  where they can find impartial professional advice whether students have no idea what career they would like to follow or need information on the best courses to study for their chosen future.

Useful Websites:
  • National Careers Service ( – a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.
  • Get in Go Far ( – a website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships.  The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.
  • Career Pilot ( – comprehensive information on the jobs market in the south-west.  Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall.  In addition, information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships.
  • Icould ( – helpfulvideos about a wide range of job roles
  • UCAS ( – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships

Please see the links below for further information.

Local Colleges





Careers Advice






Careers and Enterprise Offer 2017-2018

Mission to Mars – Contact Mr Adams for more information

Career Pilot