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“We like the school because of the friendliness of the staff.” Parent


A careers programme has been developed to help students make informed decisions regarding their future.

A comprehensive careers programme, a computer aided programme, visits, presentations, workshops and one- to-one careers guidance interviews are used to guide students through this process.


All students have log-on details enabling them to use Kudos at school and home.

Kudos generates a personalised list of career ideas. It does this by asking a series of likes and dislikes questions and the qualifications students’ are aspiring to. It then produces a list of career suggestions based on those responses and information on each suggested career along with why it has been suggested. A searchable A-Z list of careers is also provided.


Careers Programme

Year 6 – Career Awareness – ‘The Baked Bean Challenge’ – students identify the array of jobs linked to producing a can of baked beans.

Years 7 and 8 – Sections of the Real Game series are used to help students’ master competencies of self-knowledge, educational and occupational exploration.

An insight into Higher Education:

Year 7 - An introduction to University – What is University?

Year 8 – What courses?

Year 9 – Students have the opportunity to experience the world of work by spending the day shadowing an adult at work.

Year 10 – Students attend workshops on application forms, CVs, telephone and interview skills.

Year 11 – Students take part in taster sessions at Richard Taunton’s/Itchen Sixth Form or Southampton City College.


A comprehensive range of visits are organised throughout the year, these include:

  • University visits (our partner universities are University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University)
  • Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit a university
  • Taster days for Year 8 – Year 11 students
  • University Challenges
  • Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust – linked to job areas e.g. Midwifery, Mortuary Technician, Radiophysicist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist
  • Skills Festivals/Job Fairs

Careers Fair

In-house careers fair to give students and parents the opportunity to find out about colleges/apprenticeships/armed forces/employment areas

Guest Speakers

A range of speakers from a range of career areas are invited to share their knowledge with students.


Presentations by colleges and training providers

Mock Interviews

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a ‘mock’ interview with an experienced interviewer from outside of school.

Download useful careers links

If you have any queries please contact Carey Anderson.

Contact Carey Anderson

“…as a result of the passion and enthusiasm of the older USH students to include my daughter in such exciting and fun activities, I am confident that Upper Shirley High is the right place for her future education.” Open Morning 2015