Careers guidance is important for every child as they progress through their school career. King Edward’s has an excellent academic reputation and many of our students continue to move directly on to University. However, the employment landscape is undeniably changing and we are keen to ensure that we can provide up-to-date advice for all our pupils. This includes assisting them throughout their school life, whether that be with subject choices, work experience or discussing both University and alternatives to University, such as degree apprenticeships or employment. As a Careers department, we are working hard to broaden the horizons of our pupils and give them as many opportunities as possible to gain both experience and important soft skills whilst still at school.
We start giving careers advice in the Lower School, when pupils join us in Year 7. Pupils begin by learning about the wide variety of jobs available and the importance of linking good behaviours at school with a successful start in the world of work. They then receive further support when making choices in Year 9 and from Year 10 they are able to access the biannual Careers Fair, together with learning how to write a CV, how to cope with rejection and undergoing a mock interview. In Year 11, we give each pupil psychometric tests, the results of which are given in a detailed report followed by the opportunity for either an individual careers interview with Morrisby or ourselves.
At Sixth Form, our UCAS and HE team provide excellent, detailed careers guidance for all students interested in applying to University. This includes providing specific advice for medical applicants and mock Oxbridge interviews. Our Careers Education Coordinator also introduces students to alternative options, such as degree apprenticeships, other vocational qualifications or employment.
We also recognise the value of work experience and strongly encourage our Year 12 pupils to undertake work experience, either through national programmes or, increasingly, through helping them access local opportunities in a wide variety of different areas.
Inspiring Minds Speaker Series
Many thanks to our KES Community, including parents and OEs, who contribute to our varied and stimulating speaker series, to provide insights into the world of work.
KES Careers Programme nominated in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards
We are delighted to announce that King Edward’s School is a finalist in this year’s Independent Schools of the Year Awards, for its Student Careers Programme.
The Independent Schools of the Year 2023 is an awards programme organised by the Independent School Parent magazine. The awards, which attract entries from schools across the country, are designed to celebrate outstanding best practice and success stories. Award winners will be announced in October. KES has previously won this award in the Performing Arts category.