Careers Education

Careers Education at Cavendish School

At Cavendish School we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance, plus information and advice through these website pages . Or pupils can visit our careers office or email Cristy Holbrook the careers lead  Email:

Our commitment

Our commitment to every pupil at Cavendish School – from Year 7 onwards – is active engagement with the world of work to underpin learning and to raise academic achievements.

Our aim is to encourage curiosity and to provide encounters with a wide range of future career pathways.  We expect pupils interests and expertise to change as they proceed through school life and our careers offer is built around this understanding of personal development.

We believe that by embedding employability skills and advice into every year of study -through the pastoral system, the curriculum and through extra -curricular opportunities – our pupils access the advice and skills they need to pursue their long-term ambitions.

We make no assumptions about the career paths to which our young people may aspire, and through encounters and advice, we offer every pupil the opportunity to prepare for their working life beyond school.


Would you like to help us?

If you would like an informal chat about how you could support our careers programme in school then please email You could share our careers events on your social media, you could join our alumni network of past students, you could come in and give a talk about your career and life journey so far, you could help us out with an event. Whatever it might be, we’d love to hear from you!

Howard Medway, a local (now retired) college manager, came in to help us during our ‘Mock Interview’ event. He says ‘It was really interesting to hear the different sorts of pathways that young people are thinking about pursuing. This event really helps them to understand what to expect at an interview. I really enjoyed the whole experience.’

Every student can access the following:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Our Visiting Speakers programme
  • Information about the employment market – local and national
  • Workplace visits and work experience placements
  • Access to workshops, open days and visits from further and higher education institutions and apprenticeship providers
  • Access to on-line careers resources
  • Help with career management skills (CV writing, CV building, job searches and interview practice)
  • Pupils are entitled to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • Pupils are entitled to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • Pupils are given support to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

We actively track and encourage student involvement in our Career programme and use this information to inform future choices, resources and events we run.

We also actively encourage all students to take part in something in the school. Whether this is with a sports team, a choir, a drama group, school council or coding club, we want to ensure our pupils are learning life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership and having fun at the same time. The list of available clubs are published at the beginning of each term.A provider wishing to request access should contact Cristy Holbrook, Careers and Aspirations Lead, Email:

Careers Programme by Year Group:


We are delighted to be working in conjunction with the East Sussex Careers Hub Team on being the Lead Primary School for Careers in East Sussex.

This will involve a lot of pilot projects, sharing best practice and resources with other schools and helping to create case studies of what works well when it comes to introducing careers-related learning into a primary curriculum. We hope to be able to share more information with you as this project develops over the coming months and years.’

Year 7
  • Brighton University come into school with their student ambassadors to play a fun game with pupils. They learn all about what life at Uni can be like, the sorts of subjects they could study and understand what a degree is.
  • Pupils also take part in a STEM workshop day getting them to think about the world’s future problems such as transport and sustainable energy.
  • All year 7 students work through their careers booklets during tutor time.
  • Year 7 students  experience industry talks and trips throughout the year. 
Year 8
  • Year 8 pupils receive workplace and industry talks.
  • All year 8 pupils work through their Careers booklets in tutor time.
  • Pupils are able to request a 1-1 careers interview with the school careers adviser at any time throughout the year.
Year 9
  • Pupils are invited to take part in careers talks from various different people talking about their job roles. This year we have had talks from a marketing business, a Policeman and an Engineer.
  • All year 9 pupils work through their Careers Booklets in tutor time.
  • Pupils are invited to various events throughout the year eg  -visit to Plumpton College, visit to Brighton University, Medical Mavericks workshop.
  • They are all invited to an ‘Options Evening’ talk in the hall with parents. They are given information about the subjects they can study for GCSE and the school careers adviser is available to speak to pupils on a 1-1 basis if they need support with making decisions.
Year 10
  • Pupils are encouraged to apply for Subjects Captains to support departments across the school, teaching leadership and responsibility.
  • Pupils take part in various workshops throughout the year – Brighton University Mentoring, Homework club, Humanutopia workshop and Big Futures Show. 
  • Pupils are invited to talks with various speakers about their jobs and businesses.
  • Pupils take part in Work experience for one week.
  • Pupils take part in college taster days in the summer term.
Year 11
  • Pupils take part in many workshops throughout the year including revision techniques
  • College and FE providers are invited in to deliver assemblies to talk about what they offer.
  • Guest speakers come in to give motivational talks and work 1-1 with students.
  • Steps to Progress evening takes place in October with parents and pupils invited to hear all about year 11 expectations, speak to FE providers and hear from the school Careers adviser.
  • Pupils can request a 1-1 interview with the school careers adviser at any time throughout the year.
  • Pupils take part in Mock Interview day to prepare them for future interviews. They need a CV completed for this.
  • Pupils apply for college and will be working through their Profiles and personal statements.
  • Pupils are seen for mentoring sessions 1-1 and in small groups with the school careers adviser to teach them about employability skills and opportunities.
  • Pupils will visit university fairs, the House of Commons and “I can” SEN fair careers. 

Presentations and Booklets

Useful websites

Discover Creative Careers

Extensive array of creative careers all listed alphabetically. 

Career Pilot

A great website to use to begin planning your next steps and jobs you would like to explore.

Path To Careers

Inspiring decisions and Unlocking potential

Prepare for College

This is for all those in Year 7, 8 and 9 who want to start exploring their options at college and beyond

Health Careers

A good place to start looking at job roles within the Healthcare profession.

How 2 become

Careers advice and testing

Target Careers

A really good website for young people to explore ideas and see available opportunities all over the country.

Target Careers CV

A really helpful link to get started on writing a CV

Get Career Confident' Booklet

What next at 14, 16, & 18 for young people all you need to know to make informed choices about your future

Amazing Apprenticeships

Everything to do with Apprentiveships and how to find out more information


Want to know a bit more about the new T-Levels?


A good website to watch videos about a huge array of job roles. Take the ‘Buzz Quiz’ too

Apprenticeships UK

Information about the huge array of apprentiveships on offer.


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Celebrating Success

The staff and governors of Cavendish wish to congratulate all of our Year 11 pupils for the fantastic GCSE grades they have achieved this year.

Headteacher, Peter Marchant said, "The grades that our pupils have achieved are a reflection of their hard work throughout their time at the school and they can rightly feel proud of what they have achieved through these  challenging times."