Parents: If you’d like to be able to support your child with future applications in STEM, Apprenticeships or University, please click this link to be able to sign up for these useful guides provided by Success at School.

Success at School

Throughout all Year Groups the department offers careers and workplace information and advice, from understanding what is expected in employment to how to achieve personal career goals.

Dorset County Council are encouraging parents to get involved to help inspire the next generation of young pupil. If you feel that you have some spare time that you can use to give back to the community then please check out the following PDF for more details.

  • Want to get back onto learning?
  • Interested in some sort of higher education course in the future?
  • Looking to retrain?

Lifepilot aims to encourage adults (over 21) to get back into learning and even progress to higher education.

The site is completely free and offers a range of starting points e.g. starting with no qualifications, getting ready to do a degree, etc. Please see the image for more details on how to sign up.

Dorset Careers Hub

Woodroffe is now part of the Dorset Careers Hub. We are delighted to have been chosen as one of only four lead schools in the whole of Dorset. We were selected due to our fantastic careers provision and the opportunities we provide for our young people. This should bring additional support and opportunities for both the school and the students. Woodroffe will share good practice and help contribute to the local, regional and national careers picture.

This is an exciting time in Careers education, it is great to see the importance that Woodroffe places on Careers being recognised in this way.

For further information please click the following link:

Employers – At Woodroffe, we recognise how important employers are to the futures of our students. Employers can be hugely inspirational and can help students to have a taster of life after school. Employers can get involved in numerous ways; for example, they can: host a Year 10 or Year 12 student(s) for a Work Experience placement, sign up to become a speaker for National Careers Week, or register interest with the school to give a talk/assembly/Sixth Form Core Session about a particular job, experience or activity. We hope that all students have as much employer interaction as possible. Please contact me on the following email address for more information and to get involved:
Parents – We know that you want to give your children the best possible start in life. This relates not just to their grades and qualifications, but also to wider areas of school and society. At Woodroffe we give each child the best possible chance to try lots of interesting thing and inspire them to think carefully about the next stages of their lives. If all students end up in a job that they love, then we consider our job a success. School events, such as National Careers Week and Work Experience, allow students to get stuck in and see what life in the real world is all about. We know that sometimes your child needs a push in the right direction, so please continue to support them in making good decisions and feel free to encourage your child to get involved with as many things as possible. Please check the calendar regularly for Careers events. If you think you could help the school to make our Careers provision even better please contact:
Students – At Woodroffe, students deserve to have outstanding Careers Education. We believe that the package we offer is outstanding and caters to our diverse student population. Each year group has dedicated Careers lessons: Years 7 – 9 have these in Citizenship or PSE classes, Years 10 – 11 have specific timetabled Careers lessons and Year 12 and 13 have Core sessions where students enjoy hearing visiting speakers from numerous fields of employment. In addition to these lessons, there are opportunities for learning outside lessons; Year 10 and 12 have a week’s Work Experience, Year 9 have Enterprise Day, Year 10 have Employability Day and there is also National Careers Week in March for all. Keep an eye out for these events and get involved where you can. Contact if you have any ideas that can make the Careers provision even better. After all…it’s your future we’re talking about!
Staff – Woodroffe staff are responsible for providing outstanding careers education to their students. Staff have a responsibility to discuss appropriate careers related to their subject. At Woodroffe, staff are experts in their subject area and should be able to provide useful careers advice to their students, or know how to get more help should this be needed. To find out more about this responsibility please contact or, if you have any ideas which would help to make the current Careers provision even better.

Year 7

Students spend time in PSE lessons discussing their skills and the personality traits. This leads onto a conversation about suitable careers and how students can ensure they get there. Students also consider a variety of possible job options and think, even at this young age, what possible jobs are out there and what routes they might need to follow to be successful.

Year 8

Students spend time in Citizenship lessons focusing on the opportunities available to them both in and out of school. This unit of work looks at Extra-curricular clubs as well as option choices. This is to help them carefully consider their future GCSE options and beyond. Hopefully leading to the students making the correct choice for them.

Year 9

Students spend time in their Citizenship lessons focusing on future employment. Students will also look at common misconceptions and resisting the temptation to bracket people into a particular role. The unit end with students producing a presentation based on their own research into a career that interests them and delivering these to the rest of their class.

Work Experience – What’s it Like?

Watch this film of students on work experience and see what they think:

Year 10

This year is split into two parts:

Part one is all about confidence and focuses on the preparation for Work Experience. A large focus on interview techniques and ensuring students have the best communication and assertiveness skills needed to be successful. This should prevent students from being discriminated against and hopefully allowing them to deal with any tricky situations both on placement and beyond.

Students also spend time looking at the importance of interviews whilst on their work experience placement. It is expected that all students will have a mock interview with an employer whilst on their placement. Students should also have a conversation with the employer about likely career choices.

Part two focuses on applying for jobs. Students will all create a professional CV, write a suitable covering letter and application form. All leading to the chance to practice their interview skills in class before they have a chance to use these in the real-world.

Students will spend time in this unit looking at Labour Market Information (LMI) locally to ensure that they are aware of the likely job opportunities when they leave school. This should also help them to consider future pathways and option choices to make sure they are going into an area which has a strong likelihood of employment.

Useful PDF files for Work Experience:


    Year 11

    Year 11 is all about the next step in the student’s life. Whether the student is applying for a Sixth Form, a College, An Apprenticeship or any other route; it’s about making sure they have the skills and attributes to enable them to be a success. Students will look at the different routes, the possibility of University and also the pitfalls of unemployment and how best to avoid it.

    Students will also look at the importance of saving, budgeting and the potential dangers of borrowing. Students will have the opportunity to update their CV from Year 10 to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the next step in their lives.

    Years 12 & 13

    The sixth form have various core sessions and speakers in to help broaden their knowledge about specific careers. Some of these are for the whole year group, some are targeted to small groups of students and some are based on subject-specific content. Examples of these are:

    • Mark Bowden – Agincare – Discussing careers in the care sector
    • George Parker – Political Editor of the Financial Times
    • Dr Mikdadi – Educational Consultant, specialising in discussing the Palestine conflict
    • Richard Hogben – Met Office

    Year 12 also complete a week’s Work Experience at the end of the summer term in an industry that interests them and are encouraged to choose one which benefits them for their applications for the next steps. The students are responsible for sourcing their own placement to help them get to grips with the real world of work and rigours of modern employment. Students should then return to Year 13 with a better sense of the next steps after Woodroffe Sixth Form.

    Useful PDF files for Work Experience:


      In March 2017 it was announced that Woodroffe has an award winning Careers Department and has achieved the highest award of 5 stars for the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Employer and Education Partnership Charter. The assessors were impressed with the dedicated and independent approach to careers education at the school.

      For full details of the 10 criteria the school has met, please see the following document:

      Being aware of and making good use of Labour Market Information (LMI) will help prepare students for the job sectors they are likely to find employment in. This could help students make wise Pathway/GCSE/A-Level choices. LMI is updated regularly so keep and eye out for future trends and opportunities to maximise the chance of students getting a good job in the future.


        Mr Holding

        Mr Holding

        Head of Careers
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        Mr Truyens

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