Careers Advice & Guidance

Careers Lead - Mrs A Borrell
Careers Advisor - Mrs S Rooney (
Governor for Careers - Mrs J Saunders
Willingdon’s Careers Vision

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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Tues 4th May 2-3pm


Industrial Light and Magic &              Into Film - May the 4th Talk.


For KS3-5/S1-6

Join us for a special webinar with the VFX company Industrial Light and Magic in celebration of May the Fourth! We will be discussing all the different types of careers in visual effects as well as an insight into some of our artist’s personal career journeys and tips for getting into the industry.

 To register for this zoom webinar, please fill out this form

Wed 5th May         





Property Chronicle broadcast


Stephen Yorke, Founder, Property Chronicle and Camilla Powell Tuck, Asset Manager, Clearbell                     


During the broadcast the speakers will explain all about the property business in the UK and how your students can learn more and get involved and shed more light on the essay competition.

 Over 1.2 million people in the UK work in the property business in some capacity and so there are plenty of opportunities for all talents and interests.

Thurs 6th May 5-6pm





Sarah Pinch, Managing Director, Pinch Point Communications & Independent Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Commission


For KS3-5/S1-6 

Are you interested in pursuing a creative career? Want to know more about the role of Communications in supporting organisations through challenging times? Sarah started her career as a journalist with the BBC, and has since worked in PR, international development, public transport and the NHS. Sarah is looking forward to answering your questions.



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Latest News

Live Broadcasts Show


Mon 29th March

  Stephen Isherwood 
CEO, Institute of Student
  What are my career options? What skills do employers want? How do I choose what
to study? Stephen will explain the career and study choices open to students and how to develop the skills that employers recruit for.

To register for this event, please email
and you will be send the link to join.        

Mon 29th


  Sarah Henderson, Managing Director, Murray Chalmers PR

For KS3-5/ S1-6

  Are you interested in working in the music industry? Do you want to know more what is like to work in Celebrity PR? MCPR is home to some of the world’s most-loved artists and bands including Coldplay, The Stone Roses, Liam Payne, Kylie and many more. MCPR also looks after world-renowned entertainment businesses and events including Abbey Road Studios and Lovebox Festival. Sarah will be sharing insights into her career and is looking forward to answering your questions.  

Tues 30th March




Dr Sarah Mackenzie Ross, Award Winning Clinical Psychologist & Honorary Associate Professor at University College London

For KS4-5/ S4-6

  Thinking about studying Psychology? Join leading Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sarah Mackenzie Ross on how she pursued a career in the field and is now running her own private practice. Sarah has worked for multiple organisations including the NHS, the Ministry of Defence and as a Researcher. Students who are thinking about studying Psychology further should not miss out on the opportunity to have your questions answered by Sarah!  

Advance registration 

Tues 20th April 11am-12pm


In collaboration with Penguin:

How to dare to change your life, with Lawrence Okolie and Harry Pinero

For KS3-5/ S1-6



WBO world cruiserweight champion and author of Dare to Change Your Life, Lawrence Okolie, joins entertainer, host and content creator, Harry Pinero, to discuss Lawrence’s incredible journey from obesity to professional boxer, and his lessons for how young people can make their dreams a reality too.

Please email with the approximate number of students you would like to attend, and you will be sent the link to join.









Our Tech Apprenticeships are now open for applications!

Click here to apply

About Arm

The Future of Tech Needs You. If you have a smartphone, digital camera, digital TV, gaming console or a smart meter at home, you’ve already used an Arm powered product. Our advanced processor designs play a massive part in optimising the performance of 95% of all the world’s connected devices.

Apprenticeships at Arm

Want to leap straight into a technology career? We're offering Apprenticeship opportunities where you'll get to join a global business that is full to the brim of hugely talented people. Whatever your age or background, a new qualification can open doors.

The two programs we offer are:

Apprentice Software Engineer

Our Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship comprises of both paid work and study, allowing you to earn while working towards a Software Developer qualification, funded by Arm. Your on-the-job learning is supported by a dedicated mentor at Arm and academic support from our training provider.

Apprentice Technician

Our Level 4 Apprenticeship comprises of both paid work and study, allowing you to earn while working towards a BSc Honours degree, funded by Arm.  Your on-the-job learning is supported by a dedicated mentor at Arm and academic support from the University. 

To apply to either of these positions please click the button below.


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.


FIND OPPORTUNITIES - Register & Be Found By Top Employers

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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