Kingswood's career guidance programme is designed to support the School’s philosophy of 'establishing the development of character, talent, responsibility and independence as the important foundation for adult life.' 

We encourage students to become self-aware and to use their understanding of their strengths and interests to help them make informed choices about their future career options. The programme also helps students to understand and experience the working world, as well as to learn key employability skills.

Kingswood’s career guidance programme includes access to:

  • Online career information resources
  • Career planning lessons
  • Skills workshops
  • One-to-one career guidance meetings
  • Career seminars and fairs
  • Lower Sixth work-experience week

Each year, Kingswood students take part in a number of tailored careers activities that are designed to provide a smooth transition from one year to the next. These activities help to address the academic options that students face at key moments during their school career, including GCSE, A-Level and post-18 options, such as apprenticeships and higher education.

Teachers, parents and Kingswood alumni, as well as carefully selected external career professionals, work alongside the Head of Careers to support the delivery of the programme to Kingswood students. View the career journey into Sixth Form by clicking the link below:

KWS Career Journey Y8-13

Careers Talks and Networking events (Lower Sixth)

During the Autumn and Spring terms of the Lower Sixth, students will attend a number of careers talks with a networking event in March. These are led by professionals from a wide variety of career areas who speak about their employment journey and the challenges and rewards of their workplace. The talks also provide students with an opportunity to benefit from training in how to ask questions and how to network effectively. In the Summer term we collaborate with The Royal High School to offer a networking event to students from both schools to further practise their networking skills and make new connections.

Work Experience (Lower Sixth)

In the summer term, all Lower Sixth students leave the Kingswood campus for a week to undertake work experience. They are encouraged to undertake a placement which closely matches their intended university course and to focus on improving their knowledge and understanding of a particular job sector view to highlighting this in their higher education applications.

Many students use their own personal networks of family and friends to help them to secure a work experience placement, while others take advantage of the School's strong links with a range of local employers to secure the experience that they are looking for.

On their return to school students will be asked to reflect on their experience and any skills that they have developed so that they can include this in their University / Apprenticeship application.

Additional Careers activities (Lower and Upper Sixth)

  • Preparing for interviews workshop
  • Personal Guidance sessions
  • Weekly Careers Information Drop In Sessions
  • Alternative Pathways and apprenticeship information session
  • Support with CV writing and job applications
  • Medical Society - co-ordinating attendance at Medlink and the Royal United Hospital Sixth Form Conference for those students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related careers