Careers Advice & Guidance

Careers Lead - Mrs A Borrell
Careers Advisor - Mrs S Rooney (
Governor for Careers - Mrs J Saunders


Statement of Commitment: Willingdon Community School are delighted to announce their commitment to working towards re-accreditation of the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard for its Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance programme. The school achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, a nationally recognised award and one of the highest accolades a school can receive for excellence in this area, in 2017. The school is again demonstrating its commitment to providing outstanding impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance for all young people by working towards re-accreditation for 2021/2022.


To provide a curriculum fit for their future, building on the successes of their past. Being ready for post 16 life allows our students to be safe, happy, well informed global citizens who have experienced a 5-year progressive and dynamic curriculum where students have the opportunity to aspire and achieve and who embody the school’s values of ‘Personal Excellence’ through a broad and balanced curriculum which is inclusive and reflective of our local needs.

Careers Address from Ms Beer

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Explore LMI data

Interested in the labour market and want labour market information?

Here you can find out where to get more information and intelligence of the UK labour market. The widget and websites listed here all use data from the LMI for All service. Some of the websites combine LMI for All data with other types of information, such as videos, whilst others present data as charts. Take a look and see which websites you like.

Explore jobs linked to your skills and interests using Skillsometer

Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.


Explore different occupations using Careerometer

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.




 Explore other websites that present information on the UK labour market

  • icould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos.
  • U-Explore  provide careers guidance solutions for schools and colleges using LMI for All in Start.
  • SACU is an online source of careers information for young people, parents, teachers and careers advisers.
  • RCU Ltd. is a data dashboard which draws on LMI for All data and is designed to help inform curriculum design.

For more websites that display labour market information have a look at our directory of LMI for All users.








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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 or . You could share our careers events on your social media, you could join our alumni network of past students, you could come in (subject to COVID restrictions) or join us on MEET/ZOOM 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 would love to hear from you.

Sonia Silve from the  Specialist Family Services came in to help with the Year 11 mock interview event and said ;-  

‘Thanks for the opportunity to interview the young people at Willingdon again this year. I thoroughly enjoy it and I am always impressed by the students. ‘

Mrs Wakefield an Audiologist and parent commented

I was really impressed by the standard of answers all the students provided, I am certain I was not anywhere near as confident or self-assured at their age.  The school is clearly doing an excellent job of developing such confident, articulate and ambitious young people so please pass on my congratulations to the staff and the students.’   

Careerometer: A tool to compare jobs

Use the Careerometer to compare different jobs — salary, working hours, etc.

Click the dotted square. Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your second and third choice to see the comparison.





Points of Contact 

Student/Parents/Carers should primarily contact the enrolment team using the contact details below:

Campus Telephone Number                                  Website                                                                              
East Sussex College Group
Eastbourne / Lewes / Hastings Admissions                                  030 300 39699
Plumpton College 01273 890454
Bexhill Sixth Form College 01424 214545 
Eastbourne College 01323 452300
Gildredge House 01323 400650
Hailsham Community College 01323 841468
Heathfield Community College 01435 866066
What's My Line - School Event

Testimonial from Helen Giles - Business and Legal Affairs Manager at the BBC

“This was a great event offered to students to find out about a wide variety of careers…..the students at Willingdon were very respectful, came with well-prepared questions and were engaged throughout the event”

What's new with Careers

16+ choices resource from the DfE
The Department for Education has put together a couple of simple and handy guides to inform young people and their parents about all of the options open to them post 16.

Using the link below watch the video which shows all of the routes available after GCSE’s along with additional information on each route such as the level of study, entry requirements, duration of the course, where it can lead etc.


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YEAR 9 OPTIONS 2020 - Getting Ideas!


Don’t worry if you don’t yet have a definite career in mind – this takes time, and most people change careers several times throughout their life.

Online quizzes can help you begin to identify your strengths and think about which jobs would suit you. Here are three good ones to try:

The Prospects website

The excellent Scottish Government careers website (you need to register first but you don’t need to be Scottish!)




Careers Education , Information , Advice & Guidance  (CEIAG)

At Willingdon we value how important Careers Education , Information, Advice and Guidance is for our young people, in both raising aspirations and guiding and preparing them for the next steps in their career pathways. The Careers Education and Guidance programme at Willingdon is designed to help students make the most of themselves and their opportunities. 

We use the Gatsby Benchmarks of:

1.  A stable careers programme

2.  Learning from career and labour market information

3.  Addressing the needs of each pupil

4.  Linking in curriculum learning to careers

5.  Encounters with employers and employees

6.  Experiences of workplaces

7.  Encounters with further and higher education

8.  Personal guidance  

In addition to this, our CEIAG provision is supported by a host of other careers related events that our young people receive throughout the year. Examples of these include : Careers fairs, mock interviews,  focused assemblies and taster days to local colleges and universities. Please click on the link below to see how these events are mapped out across the year for each individual year group.  

Work Experience takes place in May, and involves every year 10 student completing a week with an external employer. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to fully experience the work place, and the world of work, and also learn those very important employability skills that all employers are looking for.

The school has recently been reviewed – and successfully maintained its achievement of 'Investors in Careers' Award. This is a nationally recognised award for having excellent standards in careers education, information, advice and guidance. In addition, we are also working towards achieving 100% in all 8 of the Gatsby benchmarks – again illustrating our high standards within CEIAG provision. 

For more information on CEIAG at Willingdon, please do contact our careers lead – Ali Borrell

01323 485254