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“Pupils are making better progress in the academy.” Ofsted 2016


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

“Please pass on our thanks to all concerned and the teachers for their hard work and commitment to USH over the years - Very much appreciated. ” Parent