Careers Information for Parents

At Chew Valley School, with our vision for the development and needs of the whole child, we are focussed on ensuring that students leaving our school will have a clear and suitable pathway for their future learning and development. This will be established by ensuring that over the course of their study at CVS they have received the opportunities to know, understand or develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful. And to ensure that they aspire to the best, most suitable and most interesting roles that they can achieve.

We welcome providers, employers, colleges and Universities into our school for assemblies, careers events and training activities. If you would be interested in supporting us with this, please contact Careers Lead, Kate Rowlands 

Click the link below to see a programme of planned CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) activities by year group and term,  linked to Gatsby Benchmarks.

Year 9 Options

At Chew Valley School there is a wide range of courses to choose from, from familiar subjects to new GCSE courses that students have not studied at Key Stage 3. It is important that you spend time working together with your son/daughter to make sure that they choose the most appropriate options for their future.

Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience Week is a great opportunity for students to practice employment skills they will need in their future working lives.

Young people need to be motivated and determined if they are to benefit from the opportunities that a Work Experience Placement presents. We strongly advise for you to encourage your son/daughter to think of the type of placement that they believe they would like to have. 

Careers Activities

Students have the opportunity to take part in a number of career related activities throughout their school journey. These include:

The Aspire Programme Years 7-9

This is a new programme for Chew Valley School in 2019-20. Students are directly taught during 1 period per fortnight. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide opportunities to broaden your development.

Careers Lunches & Talks

Any student in school can attend our regular Careers lunches in the Sixth form, but generally Year 9 upwards find these of most use.

Annual Careers Fair

Our very popular Careers Fair, held in the autumn term, is open to all students and, with over 40 stall holders including a wide range of companies (both national and local), as well as Higher Education organisations, universities, apprenticeship providers and Chew Valley School Alumni and parents, shows you what kinds of possibilities there are out in the world. 

A Parent's Guide - Paths to professional careers

Click the link below to read a Parent’s Guide on supporting your child along their career journey. This includes:

  • Career choices – taking the first steps
  • Understanding Apprenticeships 
  • How your child can gain Work Experience
  • School Leaver Programmes