Aspirations, Careers and Enterprise


At Gillingham School we aim to help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.  The school’s Aspirations programme encourages students to explore their next steps into the eventual world of work through presentations from and visits to colleges and universities.

Enterprise and Work Experience

We aim to inspire every pupil through real life contacts with the world of work, in order to help them to understand where different choices can take them in the future. To this end all our students undertake work experience in Year 10 for two weeks and then again, for one week in Year 12. This takes place at a wide range of local and not-so-local workplaces including: businesses, banks, libraries, offices, garages, hairdressers, schools and veterinary surgeries, to name but a few. The opportunity to experience a working environment first hand is invariably a valuable one.


We are committed to ensuring that students receive quality impartial advice and guidance related to subject choice and careers planning, from a broad range of sources. The school has a clear strategy for careers guidance which is linked to outcomes for students, with the aim of meeting the needs of all. This includes a variety of events and activities such as inspirational speakers from different areas of employment and mock interviews, careers fairs, trips to colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to gain in confidence, to examine their strengths and weaknesses, set themselves targets and develop the ability to respond to learning opportunities and labour market trends.

Students will also have access to specialist, impartial support services to expand advice and guidance on an individual basis, for each young person to be inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential.

Next Steps Evening

We have numerous events thoughout the year to support students in making choices about their future.  The following pictures were taken at this year's Next Steps Evening.  A careers fair designed to show case all possible opportunities for a young person whether they choose to leave school after year 11 or after year 13.  Wheither they are thinking of employment after gaining vocational professional qualifications at college or whether they are interested in the graduate opportunites available after leaving university.

2020 Next Steps Virtual Careers Fair

Careers Programme

The following document pulls all of the above elements together and itemises the activities and events that students have the opportunity to take part in, to help them develope their career aspirations.  The policy provides the guiding principles behind the whole of Information Advice and Guidance delivery in the school.

Careers Programme

Careers Policy

Provider Access Statement

The Careers Leader is Emma Vallender M.Ed:



Cooperative Travel Travel
Free Range Business Services Range Business Services
Garston Veterinary Group Veterinary Group
The Army Army
Bath University University
Bournemouth University University
Camps International International
Camps International International
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service and Wiltshire Fire Service
Ex-Student Representing Farnfields Representing Farnfields
Ex-Student Representing Farnfields Representing Farnfields
J P Morgan P Morgan
Royal Navy Navy
Salisbury Diocese Diocese
Southampton University University
Southampton University University
Yeovil Hospital Hospital
Technic Engineering Engineering
Ex-Student Representing Waitrose Representing Waitrose

Supporting your Child with their Careers Decisions

Ansbury Guidance - password required

​Prossional Careers Guidance advice.

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.

Unifrog - password required

​A complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3, KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability.

Start Profile - password required

​A free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

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​Helpful videos about a wide range of job roles
Success at School

​A website for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice

Learn About Work  - password required​The Work Experience database.
UCASA very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education.   Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships
Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Schemes​An up-to-date list of apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships​The official website for apprenticeships including advice, vacancies and applications.
Medicspot​£500 grant for students going on to study health, medicine,nursing or life sciences.  Closing date January 31st each year.
Guide to Psychometric Tests​A complete guide to psychometric testing.
Psychometric Practice Tests​Practice psychometric testing.

​Speakers for Schools - Virtual Work Experience

​Apply for virtual work experience placements.

​Labour Market Skills and Research

​Latest insights on the changing labour market and skills landscape assisting educators, employers, job seekers, young people and their parents in making informed decisions.