Somervale School

Careers Education, Information and Guidance


Careers education and guidance at Somervale School enables all students to have high aspirations through supported and informed decision making about their futures. The clear guidance programme is vitally important in ensuring that students are successful, make positive contributions to society and feel fulfilled in their working lives.

The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. As a consequence, Somervale School ensures that all students are provided with meaningful encounters and experiences in order to offer each of them a unique pathway towards their chosen career.

Somervale School has a comprehensive and inclusive careers programme, giving opportunities for all students to encounter a variety of experiences.

This is delivered through:

  • Assemblies

  • Visiting employers

  • STEM experiences

  • Educational visits

  • Curriculum linked career presentation

  • Vocational learning

  • Tutor mentoring

  • Individual meetings with independent careers advisor in Year 11

  • Alumni presentations

  • SLT support through the options process in Year 9

  • PSHCE lessons

  • Use of tutor times to investigate potential careers pathways

  • Writing a CV

  • Collation of records of achievement

Indigo Careers offers careers guidance from the experts.

Your login to access this can be found on your Year Group Google classroom. Happy researching!

At Somervale School we assess the impact of the careers programme through student voice questionnaires, parental feedback and progress data at the end of Key Stage Four.

Destinations for students post Year 11 are monitored, collated and updated regularly. NEET figures are consistently extremely low and below the national average.

Post-16, students attend one of the following:

  • MSN Sixth Form

  • Bath College (both City Centre and Somer Valley campuses, dependent on course)

  • Apprenticeships

  • Chippenham College

  • Hartpury College

  • Lackham College

  • Other local Sixth Forms

​Review date November 2020


Mrs S Davis & Mrs R Windsor

Click here for the Parents & Carers Careers Guide

Career Opportunities


Somer Valley have four projects which are suitable for school age group;  

  • Media Education Training & Skills (METS) 

  • Street to Studio (S2S)

  • Empowering Female Voices

  • Somer Valley Star Maker


For any further information, please email Dom Chambers at

Ros Windsor is the Independent Careers Adviser for Somervale, Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form.

She is available in Somervale School on Tuesdays and Norton Hill School on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If anyone: pupil, parent, teacher has any questions, please contact her via or 07980872120


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

Careers Resources

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: