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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


We are committed to providing all our 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 programmes:

Unifrog: An online careers and destinations platform that allows users to compare every post 16 and post 18 opportunity available, such as courses, colleges, universities, apprenticeships.  It also contains a huge wealth of information on career choices, with up to date labour market information.  The school also uses Unifrog to support students when writing their CVs or applications.  Students have an individual account and parents can also create their own.

Our careers team of Mrs Ashworth (careers lead) and Mrs Barnwell (IAG Advisor) are based in A Block and are on hand to provide our students with our planned programme of careers education activities. 

Mrs G Ashworth (above)

Mrs S Barnwell (above)

You can contact Mrs Barnwell via email at or via the school reception number 01298 23122.

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.  Students are also encouraged to take part in enrichment opportunities such as summer schools and projects.

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 Mr Thomson.

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

If you would like to contact the IAG co-ordinator, or if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see on these pages, please email Sarah.Barnwell@Buxton.Derbyshire.Sch.Uk

Opportunities for access

Our provision includes a variety of opportunities for students to access a range of events and visits related to their progression routes, both academic and non academic.  These are mainly integrated into the school’s careers programme and curriculum.  The majority of these events are delivered internally, with contributions from external providers where appropriate. 

Local providers are invited to key relevant events.  In addition, any external provider interested in coming into school should speak to Mrs Ashworth, SLT leader with strategic responsibility for Careers Education and Guidance and Employability to identify the most suitable opportunity.

Any provider wishing to request access to students should contact Mrs G Ashworth, Assistant Headteacher, via the school contact details.


Additional sources of information:

· National Careers Service:

· For information on apprenticeships:

· For information on university courses and how to apply:

· Not going to University?

· Information for 13-16 year olds in our area:

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