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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


Buxton Community School is committed to providing all its students with a planned programme of careers education activities throughout their school career, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert advice and guidance.  Benefits for students are maximised by using a whole school approach involving parents, carers, external Information, advice and guidance providers, employers and other local agencies.  There is a planned programme of learning experiences constructed around PSHE days, assemblies, events, work-related learning, online and printed information, personal tutoring, group work and individual interviews.

In addition to information held in the careers library we subscribe to the following programs:

Higher Ideas

Students can search to find out how courses related to interests, career ambitions and school studies.  Helps students to see what they could do and plan for how to get there.

If you would like to contact the Careers Department, or if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see on these pages, please email

Years 7 & 8

Students are introduced to the careers library where they can find information on different jobs and courses for the future. 

In Year 8 students will use the Job Explorer Database (JED), a careers computer programme, to help develop self awareness and decision making.

Year 9

In Year 9 students choose their options for Years 10 and 11. Students complete the ‘New Directions’ programme during tutor period to support options choices.  Students will also spend time in the Learning Resource Centre where they undertake careers research using paper based and web based resources including the e-clips online programme.

Students will have interviews with their form tutor through mentoring days and parents and carers will be invited to an Options Evening.

Year 10

In Year 10 students spend two weeks on a work experience placement.    All students will be fully prepared for work experience and briefed on health and safety in the workplace.  All placements are fully health and safety checked by Derbyshire County Council.  Students will be expected to maintain a diary whilst on placement.  Employers are asked to complete a report for each student which can be used as a reference to support future applications. 

Year 11

In Year 11 students are helped to make well informed realistic decisions about what their next step will be:

· Sixth form or sixth form college

· Further education college course

· An apprenticeship or employment

· Foundation learning course

Representatives from local Colleges, University, and apprenticeship providers will be invited in to school to talk to students about post 16 opportunities. Parents and carers, along with students, can find out more about opportunities in Sixth Form at the Sixth Form Open Evening which is held in September.

Students will update their CVs and look at the skills needed for a successful interview. All students will be offered the opportunity to have a ‘practice’ interview with Buxton Rotary Club. Rotary interviews take place in December.

All students can arrange a careers interview in Years 10 and 11.

Years 12 & 13

A full programme of activities is put in place in the Sixth Form to ensure that students are aware of the options available to them. Support is provided with applications to University, further education or apprenticeships/employment.

Year 12 students are expected to arrange a work experience placement of at least one week in their own time. This is seen as particularly important as Higher Education courses increasingly have specific work experience requirements and it will also help to prepare students for the work place. Support with finding placements is provided by Mrs Trick.

All students are expected to take part in the Rotary interviews which are held in June.

Additional sources of information:

· National Careers Service:

· For information on apprenticeships:

· For information on university courses and how to apply:

· Not going to University?

Download the document below to read about the award winning Unifrog on-line careers platform