Upcoming Events

Final round of local college open days

The last round of local college open days is taking place shortly. If you are in Year 11 and have not yet finalised your plans for next year, it would definitely be worth attending to find out more about the range of courses on offer. The events at Wiltshire College (Salisbury, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Lackham campuses also include opportunities to do practical subject ‘tasters’ to give you an idea of what it might be like to study this subject.

Wednesday 18th April 2018 5 – 7pm

Thursday 19th April 2018 5 – 7pm

Thursday 26th April 2018 5 – 7pm

Saturday 28th April 2018 10am – 12pm

Bath – Somer Valley
Saturday 21st April 2018 10am – 12pm

Bath – City Centre
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 4 – 8pm

Bath Royal United Hospitals Conference for Y12 students interested in healthcare

The 2018 RUH 3 day course (27-29th June) is now open for booking. The course will introduce prospective healthcare students to a range of issues related to careers in medicine and patient care. Interactive presentations will be led by consultants, junior doctors, nurses and allied professionals. The programme will cover many aspects of healthcare, including emergency medicine, paediatric medicine and nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, pathology, radiography, and cardiology. There will be seminars on medical ethics and management in healthcare and other topics. There will also be a live link to one of the RUH operating theatres to view an operation. The cost of the course will be £80, which will include lunch and refreshments. If you are interested, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office for more info/application form.

Students interested in becoming an airline pilot – Pilot Careers Live Exhibition

Career exhibition for students considering a career as an airline pilot. The exhibition will include comprehensive information on the costs, selection process, types of training and career prospects. The event is held at Sofitel Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport on Saturday 14th April 2018, 10am – 4.30pm. For further info and to order tickets, visit: www.pilotcareernews.com/live

University of Bath – Residential uni taster 2018

The University of Bath is offering Year 12 students the chance to experience life at the university during a 3 day residential placement. The placement includes the opportunity to attend academic workshops/lectures in a range of topics (see below), the chance to talk to staff and students and get information and advice on applying to a top university. The placements cost £195 which covers all meals, accommodation and activities. Places are limited, and in order to attend students will need to have achieved A and B grades at GCSE including Maths and English and be likely to achieve A and B grades at AS level (or equivalent). To book a place, please contact Yolanda Scott on y.w.scott@bath.ac.uk

  • Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th July – Humanities and Social Sciences (subjects including Economics, Management, Modern Languages, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Sport)
  • Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th July – Science and Engineering (subjects including Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Natural Science, Maths, Physics, Engineering [Civil, Chemical. Electrical, Mechanical]

National Healthcare Careers Weekend events

Students in Years 10-12 interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, psychology and veterinary medicine are invited to the National Healthcare Weekend events taking place on 24th and 25th March with events in London, Cardiff and Birmingham. There are 8 conferences on different specialities on the same day. Hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the UK will be presenting and networking with students, giving a fantastic opportunity to learn more about opportunities and make successful applications. For full info and tickets, please see: https://medicmentor.co.uk/events-2/

6th Form students interested in banking careers

Morgan Stanley are one of the world’s leading investment banks and currently have three brilliant opportunities for sixth formers interested in careers in banking. Gaining a place on one of these programmes will give interested students a huge head start with their career ambitions, and be an excellent topic to include on their personal statements and CVs. Early application is recommended.

Step in Step up- Female A-level programme – For female students in Y12/13. This two day insight programme provides an in-depth introduction into investment banking alongside a comprehensive overview of how various divisions and roles interact with one another. Participants will gain an understanding of an investment bank’s various functions and departments through carefully designed, hands-on skill sessions, a tour of a live trading floor, and unique networking opportunities. Programme attendees will actively learn through case-studies, group presentations, panel sessions, interactive workshops, and networking. Dates of programme are 24-25th July and the deadline for applications is 1st June.

Mixed Schools Open Day – This event is aimed at all Year 13 students, and consists of interactive workshops and presentations where you’ll learn about Morgan Stanley and have the opportunity to meet and network with employees at all stages of their careers. In addition to interactive presentations and workshops, the Mixed Open Day includes opportunities to network with business representatives at all career levels across the Firm’s various divisions and departments. Date of the programme is 26th July and deadline for applications is 1st June

Tech Step in Step up- Female Technology Insight Day – For female students in Y12/13. This one day insight programme provides an oversight into the different technology programmes Morgan Stanley offers, as well as gives participants the opportunity to partake in interactive challenges, panel sessions and career workshops. Event is held on 17th July and deadline to apply is 1st June.

Debate Chamber 2018 summer schools now open

Looking to test out possible career / subject ideas and support future university and job applications? The Debate Chamber summer schools are now recruiting for their programmes in medicine, law, philosophy, maths, history, international relations, computer science, English and physics to name but a few. These events take place in July/August 2018 at the University of London in Central London. They are suitable for students aged 15-18. For much more information and to book a place (early booking advised), please see: https://debatechamber.com/summerschools/

Jobs and Apprenticeships

PLEASE NOTE – If you would like any help with applying for any opportunities, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

Degree apprenticeships now recruiting with Morrisons

Now you don’t have to choose between starting your career or studying towards a degree. At Morrisons, we are giving hard-working school and college leavers the chance to have the best of both worlds. Not only do we pay all your course fees for you, but you also get to work and earn a salary while you’re studying – so money is never a concern.

Degree apprenticeships are offered in retail, logistics and manufacturing. You can work towards a degree (Bsc (Hons) Management & Business) while preparing for a brilliant career within our unique food retail business. We’ve around 70 opportunities throughout the country so plenty of opportunity to live and work where you want. We provide generous study leave throughout the programme, and pay for your travel and accommodation costs whilst at University. You’ll also gain full chartered membership of the CMI. What’s more, you’ll have the experience you need to step into a management role after three years and become one of our future leaders.

What you’ll need to join us – We’re looking for resilience, determination and good leadership skills, along with the flexibility to meet the changing needs of our business. You’ll also need a minimum of 104 UCAS points (B/C/C). We’re already booking Assessment Centres for these opportunities so don’t wait until the deadline, apply today and you could be finishing your A Levels already knowing where you’ll be working, studying and what you’ll be earning from September 2018. To find out more and apply, please click the following link: https://targetcareers.co.uk/employer-hubs/morrisons-plc

BT apprenticeships recruiting now

In the world of communications technology BT has led the way since day one, and at a time when the world has never been more connected, there’s never been a better time to join us. At BT we don’t offer an ordinary career. We don’t offer run of the mill, routine or commonplace. We prefer to feed your creativity – encouraging and empowering you to contribute to a global communications and technology business. We’re a business that millions of people rely on every single day to live their lives and run their businesses.

We offer apprenticeships from intermediate right through to degree level and the benefits will vary depending on the particular level or programme that you are interested in. Salaries start at £14,936 per annum. We’ve got opportunities for apprentices all across our business in areas such as Customer Experience, IT, Cyber Security, Business Management, HR, Finance, Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance and Engineering. For more info and to apply, please see: click here

Range of Business and Technology apprenticeships now recruiting with O2

Do you want to kick-start your career in business or tech? Do you want to be paid to learn while working on real-life projects and studying towards a qualification? If the answer is yes, we can offer you more than a job – we can offer an O2 apprenticeship. We’re looking to recruit O2 apprentices during March to join our teams in September 2018. We’ve a variety of apprenticeships at Levels 3, 4 & 6 up for grabs in Slough, including opportunities as a Data Analyst; Software Developer; Project Management; Digital Marketing; Business Administration; IT & Networks; Accounting & Finance

For more information and to apply, please go to – click here

Sports coaching training opportunity with PH Sports

From September 2018 PH Sports (who operate in the local area) are going to be offering a full time Level 2 Programme to train and qualify young people in sports coaching. This opportunity is available for any student aged 16-18. The fully funded programme offers the chance to gain a L2 NVQ in Activity leadership, recognised maths and English qualifications (where applicable), first aid and safeguarding, a fully funded DBS and most importantly shadowing and mentoring with staff delivering sports and activities. This qualification is basically a practical alternative to a college course. Students would be learning for 2/3 days a week and then practically based for the other days.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please come and see Mr Marlow in the careers office (school library) this week. We will then arrange for you to meet with the PH Sports manager to find out more.

DSTL (Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory) now recruiting for apprentices

DSTL near Salisbury is recruiting for a number of apprenticeship positions including cyber and information systems degree apprentice, electrical engineering advanced apprentice, lab tech, project management and data analyst apprentices. For full information on these roles, entry requirements and to apply, please see https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk (use the search location ‘Salisbury’ and narrow search radius to ‘5 miles’

Engineering / Maintenance apprenticeship at Cereal Partners

Cereal Partners, based in Staverton near Trowbridge, have contacted the school to inform us that they are now recruiting for an engineering / maintenance apprentice. This position is suitable for either a Y11 or Y13 student and pays a very competitive £267/week. For full info and to apply, please see: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-230849

Paralegal apprenticeships for 2019 – find out more

RPC law firm are holding an information evening and skills session in Bristol on Monday 26 March 2018 (6.00pm–8.00pm) for Year 11 and Year 12 students and parents, careers advisors and teachers who are interested in hearing about their legal apprenticeship opportunities available in 2019. For more information and to book at place, please see www.rpc.co.uk

Siemens Rail Automation apprenticeship vacancies now recruiting

Advanced engineering and business administration apprenticeship opportunities recruiting now with a start date of August 2018. Roles based most locally in Chippenham. For more information and to apply, please see: www.siemens.co.uk/careers or click here

EY Business higher and degree apprenticeships

Are you ready to start your career in the workplace? Keen to avoid student debt? And still have all the same great career opportunities as a graduate? The EY Business Apprenticeship might be your perfect match. Once you’ve completed your A levels, you will go straight into a
full–time job with a starting salary of up to £21,500. And as one of the world’s leading professional services firms, we’ll give you all the experiences and support you need to succeed. EY are currently offering 4 apprenticeships in tax, consulting, transactions and assurance. For more info please see: http://www.ukcareers.ey.com/schools/our-programmes/apprenticeships?src=JB-26061

Investment 2020 – Jobs / Apprenticeships in the investment industry

Great website offering an up-to-date database of apprenticeship vacancies available in the investment management industry. Viable alternative to university for 6th form students:


New guide to jobs within the Hospitality industry

Any students considering working within this sector should read the following comprehensive and informative guide to the varied roles available in hotels, restaurants, foodservice, pubs and bars. With comments from students, apprentices and young managers, the guide illustrates how it’s possible to forge a rewarding and exciting career in hospitality. Leading operators offering a variety of opportunities are also featured, with contact details to link potential employees to prospective employers. Please see: https://www.thecaterer.com/s/checkintohospitality

Gov.uk ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site

The government ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is the main website that employers will use to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies that they have. The link is https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship This site can be used to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in a wide range of industry sectors.

Range of different apprenticeships currently available via Wiltshire College

Please see the following link for a number of apprenticeship opportunities recruiting where Wiltshire College is the training provider – http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/rss/study/apprenticeships/current-apprenticeship-vacancies Currently positions available locally include in landscaping, hairdressing, customer service, professional cookery, business admin and childcare.

Work Experience and Voluntary Work Opportunities

Students considering a career in the Army – Work experience / insight opportunity

The Army is offering a 5 day residential work experience opportunity for students aged 14-18 who have a keen interest in joining the Army. Whilst on the course you will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as field craft, patrols, assault courses, cooking in the field and learning how to do drill. Food and accommodation will be provided free of charge. The residential placements take place at Longmoor (Hampshire) and Okehampton (Devon) and are offered on a number of different dates throughout the year. To register your initial interest, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office ASAP.

Students interested in becoming a pilot – Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship 2018 now open for applications

The hugely popular ‘Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship’ will be open for 2018 applications until Friday 30th March. The amazing programme involves aviation industry site visits such as Bristol International Airport; flying time (and a chance to gain loggable flying hours and drone tuition with on-site UAV Academy. This unique industry scholarship programme has changed the lives of many young people over its ten-year history, seeing scholars embarking on fantastic careers in the world of aviation, from engineering to commercial flying. Also of note, the best performer of next year’s scholarship will be fully trained for their PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) at Cotswold Airport, funded by the scholarship programme.

Twenty successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage of the application process on Saturday 21st April. Following the interviews, the 10 final scholars will be selected for the programme, which runs from Monday 6th to Friday 17th August (weekdays only). For more information and the application form, please see: https://www.cotswoldairport.com/cotswold-airport-aviation-scholarships

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships guide

This excellent guide from Which Uni and the National Apprenticeship Service gives you lots of information about Higher and Degree apprenticeship opportunities, which for many students could provide an excellent alternative to a more traditional university post-18 route (as your tuition fees are paid by the company which employs you).

Website offering university scholarships, grants and bursaries for university applicants

The Scholarship Hub (http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/) is an online database of UK scholarships, grants and bursaries to help UCAS applicants fund their university studies and reduce students debts. Definitely worth a look for all students in Y12/13 intending to study at university.

‘One Degree More’ educational grants

Grants are available for local students to support them with the costs of higher education. One Degree More makes funding available to young people from across Wiltshire for university education or vocational training who may otherwise be excluded for financial reasons. For more information, please see:

Useful careers and employability websites


Kingdown now has a careers Twitter feed @KingdownCareers on which the latest information, opportunities and vacancies in the local area will be posted. All students and parents/carers are welcome to follow this feed, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Kingdown Careers website – CAREER COMPANION

The school has a bespoke careers website, Career Companion (click here for direct access: external link), which is a one-stop shop containing a wide range of resources to help students to:

  • Understand the different options available to you at each stage
  • Develop career ideas and plans for the future
  • Find apprenticeship, job and voluntary opportunities
  • Build employability skills and experiences that employers want.

In addition, Career Companion has links to a number of external up-to-date, reliable and impartial careers websites and information (accessed by clicking the ‘Magnifying Glass’ button on the main site). There is also a parent/carer zone which includes lots of useful information on how you can help your son/daughter with their future plans.

The site can also be accessed from the main Kingdown webpage (under Learning > Careers Support and Employer Engagement) and via the Careers section of the Kingdown VLE.

New Parents e-book Guide to helping their children with career choice

The decisions young people make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on their future career choices and happiness. Young people today have more options available for their future than ever before but there are factors that affect them. With an ever-changing workplace landscape, it is even more important for them to make informed choices for their education, training and employment. As a young person makes these choices they look for support from those closest to them and this is where parents can really help in providing encouragement and advice.

CASCAID have produced an eBook to help parents get involved and encourage their children in finding their future careers. This guide is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their son or daughter with these important choices. You can download the guide via the following link:


Career Pilot

This site provides information on all the choices available to students at 14, 16 and 18, including info on job sectors, routes to qualifications and much more. There is also a parent’s zone, providing answers to career questions to help parents/carers support their children. www.careerpilot.org.uk

Barclays Life Skills

Website featuring a range of useful resources and advice to help students develop the key employability skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.


Careers programmes available for students

Kingdown School has licenses for both students and parents/carers to use two different careers programmes which will help with exploring and developing future career ideas and plans.

KUDOS (suitable for students in Year 9 upwards)

This website has a career profiling tool – it asks you questions about your interests, preferences and personality then suggests some careers that might be suitable for you. This can be useful if you don’t really have much of an idea about what you might like to do in the future.

To register to use the site, go online to https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/. In the ‘Sign Up’ box on the right hand side, enter the license code: aimsyear44 Click ‘sign up’. On the next screen, choose a username and password (it’s good idea to write these down somewhere so you don’t forget). Enter your other details and click ‘create my account’. When using the programme again, just enter your login details on the first page.

Job Explorer Database (JED) (suitable for students in Years 7-9)

This website has a basic interests, skills and motivation quiz (called ‘Suits Me’), which will make some job suggestions based on your answers. It also has lots of information and videos about a wide range of different jobs that may be of interest.

JED can be accessed in two ways:

  • Via the school website – click on the top bar under Learning > Careers Support > Career Companion > Year 7 button > Job Explorer Database
  • Via school computers. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop.