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Work Experience and Careers


Work Experience

Year 10

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a week of designated work experience during March of Year 10.    Work experience can give students an insight into careers that might interest them and also enables students to understand how school subjects can be applied in the world of work. Students have sometimes secured part-time and holiday work through their school work experience and even apprenticeship opportunities.

Mrs Knowles:, the school’s Careers Lead and Work Experience Co-ordinator is available to help students identify the type of placement they would like to undertake and can also suggest companies that students might apply to.

In the Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, there is an additional opportunity for Burford School students to undertake work experience.   Work Experience for Sixth Form students is scheduled to take place during July of Year 12. Work Experience is particularly useful for students applying for vocational degrees at university eg Veterinary Science, Medicine, Nursing , Teaching and can also be helpful for those students seeking apprenticeship and employment opportunities after their ‘A’ level studies.

Once again Mrs Knowles is available to assist Sixth Form students in identifying and applying to work experience opportunities.


Applying to Oxbridge Invitation

Burford school work experiance (1)


Mrs Knowles: is the school’s qualified and highly experienced Careers Lead.  She is available every day in the school careers library to provide students with impartial information, advice and guidance. From Year 7 students are encouraged to begin to think about the sort of employment that might be available to them.  They explore a wide range of work opportunities through a careers programme put together by Mrs Knowles.  They are encouraged to think carefully about their future aspirations when making their GCSE and A Level choices and they are provided with opportunities to meet with local employers and engage with the world of work first hand.

Burford School Careers Programme

Mrs Knowles provides assistance to students as they approach key decision making points in years 9-13, helping students to navigate their way through the maze of education and career pathways available.

As a qualified and experienced Careers Adviser, Mrs Knowles adheres to the CDI code of ethics in terms of offering impartial advice and guidance.  Students may also seek independent advice and guidance about careers, learning or training, from the National Careers Service. they can be contacted via phone, email or webchat.

University or Apprenticeship

As she is available full-time in school, students are able to access her help when they most need it.  The ethos is a student centred approach and Mrs Knowles works primarily 1:1 with students. Her work includes such things as:

  • Providing Information and advice on apprenticeships.
  • Support with applications to university and higher education.
  • Advice on curriculum vitaes, interviews skills and job search. This links in with the opportunity that is provided to all year 11 students to have an interview with feedback from one of several local employers who come into school to deliver mock interviews.
  • Help with choosing courses and training.
  • Help with school work experience.


Students can book appointments or call in to see her for an informal drop in session at break and lunch-times.  Parents are welcome to meet with Mrs Knowles at Parents’ Consultation evenings or by appointment.

Student progression is closely monitored and the school has a highly successful destination record at the end of both Year 11 and Year 13.

Burford School values highly the partnerships it has with many employers.  In addition to work experience organised in Year 10 (and for some students also in Year 12), all Year 11 students spend time producing their own CVs, applying for a ‘job’ and undergoing  mock interviews in preparation for applications to the Sixth Form, to College, for apprenticeships or for employment.  In additions students spend time exploring opportunities with employer representatives at the West Oxon Apprenticeship Convention and the School Careers Convention.



Post 16 Choices

All young people must continue in learning until they are 18.  However, this doesn’t mean that students have to remain at school.  Whilst the majority of Burford students choose to stay on into the Sixth Form,  some may prefer to train for a career through an apprenticeship or take a more vocational course at a college.

Sixth Form and College Open Days 2017-2018

Russell Group Guide to post 16 education


Apprenticeship Opportunities

The links below provide useful information on apprenticeships, together with live apprenticeship vacancies.

Oxfordshire vacancies

Country-wide vacancies

This site details apprenticeship opportunities across the UK but also it has a useful link between apprenticeships and school subjects plus apprenticeships and skills for students who are unsure about the type of apprenticeship they would like to do.

Apprenticeship Events

Throughout the year there are a number of events which may allow students, and their parents, to explore apprenticeship opportunities.  We would recommend that students check this page of the website regularly as these will be advertised here.  Posters will also be displayed on the board outside the Careers Office.

Cirencester College Open Evening – Thursday 27 June 2019

Air Tanker Apprenticeships

Abbott (ADC Witney) Apprentices Leaflet

Engineering Apprenticeships





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