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Aspirations for all – The power of purpose

At Pewsey Vale school we prioritise knowing our students as individuals and this involves understanding their dreams and ambitions. Through the use of the Compass for Life programme students in all year groups are encouraged to identify their big dreams, goals and ambitions. They are given opportunities to explore options for their futures with the aim to raise aspirations for all.

We use the compass as a model for helping the students to develop the ethos and characteristics they will need, to plan their journey strategically and also helping them to develop physical and mental resilience strategies so they have the confidence to take action. This enables us to provide personalised guidance to help students achieve their full potential.

Throughout the year in addition to PSHRE lessons covering these themes, students will undertake year group-specific, drop down days.

Year 11 students will also all have one to one guidance interviews to help them in decision making for the next steps.

Access to information:

Pupils are provided with learning journeys that clearly set out the topics that will be covered in any given term and the main learning objectives. This ensures that they have a clear view of where their learning fits into a series of lessons.

In addition, any relevant information about up-coming careers activities is shared with students through tutors. For example, the ability to access virtual work experience, online speakers, virtual apprenticeships and open events.

Parents and guardians are able to access information on the careers and futures webpages, on the school website, all up to date information is posted here. We also offer a Future’s Evening event; all students in years 9-11, and their parents/guardians, are invited to attend. Represented at this event are all post 16 providers in the local area.

Information is also shared via our social media channels and school newsletters (Brightside).
Employers are invited to engage with the school and can access all information on the school website (the provider statement is found on the careers page). We also engage with the local Careers Hub and use our Enterprise Coordinator to share up coming opportunities with employers through the network.

Impact of the careers programme is monitored and measured in a variety of ways:

• Where elements are taught within PSHRE lessons forms of assessment will be used to ensure that all pupils are making progress in their understanding.
• Every year students are asked to reflect on their super north star (big dreams, goals and ambitions) and these are recorded.
• Activities that students take part in are recorded on a spreadsheet – this charts the opportunities they have had to enrichment across the year.
• Stand alone activities such as visits or guest speakers will be evaluated post event. This allows informed choices to be made for future events.
• 1:1 interviews have notes recorded and these are attached to student records. Students are provided with a paper copy of any notes from the session.
• Destinations for year 11 students are tracked and recorded throughout the year. Early data captures allow support to be put in place for those students most at risk of becoming NEET.

The team:

  • Miss Archdale: Careers Lead, Email: tar@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk  /Tel: 01672 565000
  • Mrs K Sheppy: Careers Assistant
  • PSHRE teachers and form tutors: Support


College Information -  College and Sixth Form Open Days – 2022/2023


Useful Links

Future Events

A to Z of Apprenticeships  

Amazing Apprenticeships

Career Mag


CareerPilot – Parents Zone  

Western Outreach Network (WON)

How to become – careers information

Local Labour Market Information Report

All About Apprenticeships 

National careers week

Athena STEM 

Swindon and Wiltshire higher futures

Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Law Apprenticeship

Audit Apprenticeship

Audit Data & Analytics Degree Apprenticeship

Business Services Apprenticeship

Consulting Managed Services Apprenticeship 

Consulting KPMG360 Apprenticeship

Target Careers

Tips and guidance to help prepare you for successfully starting your career

Future Learn, University and Your Future: Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree


Updates & Latest News

Swindon College Newsletter - Issue 13

Swindon College Newsletter - Issue 14

Swindon College Newsletter - Issue 17

Swindon College Newsletter - Issue 20

Swindon College Newsletter - Issue 21

Renew Programme - Swindon College

Work Wiltshire - Schools Newsletter

NHS Newsletter - Early Careers - Terms 4

NHS Newsletter - Early Careers - Term 5


Upcoming Virtual Career Events / Open Days

Deloitte apprenticeships parents' insight webinar!

STEM Event with Siemens

Google apprenticeships parents' insight webinar 

Swindon College Apprenticeship Fair

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair

Apprenticeships – A Path to Success with SSE.

Springpod work experience programmes

Springpod - Subject spotlights

Springpod - Health & Social Care opportunities

Sparsholt Open Days

Knorr Bermse Rail Systems - Apprenticeship Open Days

Swindon College Open Evenings

Allied Health Professionals 


Andover college open events

More upcoming events can be found here 


Local Employers, Can you help?

Pewsey Vale Virtual employer talks


Testing and profiling Links:

(useful for job and apprenticeship applications that require a psychometric test as part of the interview process)



Tips and guidance to help School leavers prepare for future employment:

Advice and guidance about CV writing, Interviews and what to expect etc.

Helping your child begin their career journey

Resume Lab, How to write a CV, How to write a cover letter, Top skills, CV Templates

ZETY Resources:

Zety is a career site fuelled by 40 million readers a year.  Their style guides are recommended by over 150 universities, including the University of Kent and the University of Aberdeen, Below are some useful resources about writing a CV for an internship and CV style guides that make the best first impression.

How to write an Internship CV

How to pen a compelling internship cover letter

Best CV layouts

Information from the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub:

June update

Work Experience Opportunity:

Careers in Estate Agency

Springpod work experience programmes

Provider access policy statement:

Application for Provider Access

The careers policy has been reviewed Feb 2022.
Website content has been reviewed Feb 2022. This content will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Pewsey Vale School
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