Careers Advice & Guidance

Careers Lead - Mrs A Borrell
Careers Advisor - Mrs S Rooney (
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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Natwest Group/ National Careers Weeks
We Champion Potential - Apprentices, Graduates and Interns

The Virtual Open events for East Sussex College will launch at 9am on Thursday 25th of March  and will be available live until 6pm. 

There is no need to register in advance, just visit on the day and join us for CEO and Assistant Principal welcomes, 360 virtual tours and to learn all about each and every subject we deliver. You can also request a 1:1 with a tutor which will be organise for a time after the event or ask questions via a live chat system on the day.

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We are delighted to announce our "Success Beyond School" events for this term: free-of-charge interactive 'Live Online' seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children's career potential.

Wednesday 24th February: The Skills Surgery
How to break into careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science
Wednesday 3rd March: The Power of Networks
How your child can build a powerful professional network

These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and free to attend. 

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.’ 

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