Careers at Norton Hill School

ComputersNorton Hill School has a culture of high aspiration and high expectation. Careers Education is recognised as playing an important role in motivating our pupils, promoting equality of opportunity and maximising their academic and personal achievements. We are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education through PSHE lessons, planned tutor time activities as well as themed days and assemblies to help prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of adulthood.

This programme can be accessed here and the Careers Offer here.

At Norton Hill we encourage students to make regular updates to their career plans following advice and guidance and the tools available on the Career Pilot Website.

Each student is encouraged to set up an account and use this to update their Careers Action Plan.  This, in turn, informs our careers advisors who can then respond to their needs.

Students can access their Career Pilot Account here

All students in Years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities as part of a careers programme. This provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships through options events, assemblies, group discussions and taster events

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Mr M Serle (
Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for CEIAG

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make AV and other specialist equipment available to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of a visit with a member of the careers team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at reception where it will be made available in the careers office.

Independent Careers Guidance

Ros Windsor is Norton Hill Schools careers advisor, providing impartial careers R Windsorinformation for students during key decision points. For example year 9 options, Year 11 pathways as well as Sixth form options for Higher Education.

Ros has extensive experience in secondary education and further education and holds a post graduate qualification in careers. Ros is able to offer individual advice and provide pupils with the opportunity to talk about their ideas and aspirations for the future, whilst directing them to appropriate future steps. 

Careers Programme

Norton Hill School aims to support pupils strive to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills around careers and the workplace. The school have fully embedded the Department of Education’s career strategy as well as the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

We have developed our careers programme this year to include:

    • 1 2 1 careers advice
    • Provided workshops for pupils around different career options in KS5 For example apprenticeship workshops
    • Cemented relationships with the West of England mentoring project to give pupils the opportunity to visit a place of work and be mentored by someone in industry
    • Invited numerous employers in to give assemblies about career choices to all pupils
    • Conducted mock interviews with pupils in KS4 and KS5
    • Work experience opportunities in KS4 and KS5
    • A PSHE programme which includes a topic on careers for each year group
    • Fortnightly careers activities to encourage pupils to discuss views on the current working world.
    • Opportunities for pupils to attend external talks with employers
    • Opportunities for pupils to attend careers and apprenticeship fairs.

Here at Norton Hill School we strive to ensure pupils experience the best career outcomes for pupils each academic year. We will review the current careers programme with all pupils in July 2023. We will also ask parents and staff to feedback into this evaluation.

Student Questionnaire

Parent Questionnaire

Recommended Websites

Below are a variety of recommended websites which can be used to support pupils when making decisions about work experience and careers.

  • Careerpilot:
    • Careerpilot is an award winning careers information website where you can research amongst other things:
      • Your choices at 14, 16 and 18
      • Information about different job sectors and up to date labour market information
      • Signposts to other recommended websites
      • Parentzone to provide support for parents
  • National Careers Service provides help, guidance and information:
  • For careers that need a degree or similar qualification Prospects has information about job roles, qualifications required and what careers particular degrees can lead to:
  • Local careers information, volunteering opportunities and up to date job sector information available:

No idea what you want to do?

Don’t feel like you are the only person who doesn’t have a clue what you want to do. Proof of this is in the number of quizzes and assessments designed to help you generate ideas. Here are some of the best:


For further information regarding Government requirements for Careers advice and guidance in school please see below: 




To find apprenticeships follow this link:Cooking

Higher and degree level apprenticeship vacancies: