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Careers & Further Education

Welcome to the Careers and Further Education section. Here you will find information and links in relation to Careers at Barnwood Park:  

  • The Careers Lead contact details. 
  • Our Career and Education Summary. 
  • Compass+ Report - See where we are in line with The Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Careers-related activities and events students of all years have taken part in.  
  • Information about Post 16 activities: 
    • Links to sixth Form and college destinations.
    • Apprenticeship information for students and parents/carers. 
    • Early in career information. 
    • Events and further information from colleges and employers and more.
  • Year 10 Work Experience Dates, deadlines, paperwork and tips.
  • "How to become" guides.
  • Links to useful resources - creating a CV, Personal Statements, interview tips and more...

Regular information about careers events, live jobs, apprenticeships and open days are also regularly sent out to Year 9-11 students and their parents/Carers.

Click here to view our Careers Education Summary.

Careers Lead - Miss C Dallimore.
Please contact with any questions you have in relation to careers and Post 16 activities via email, or phone 01452 530389.  

Career-related Activities and Events in School

Year 9 University Visit

In June, 142 students from Year 9 visited The University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus.

GROWS arranged an insight day for the students with activities, a tour and the opportunity to meet and speak with some university students.

The Year 9’s had 3 sessions which included; creating a university student, designing their ideal university campus and a tour of the campus to see what the facilities are like. The students were given a workbook which contained more information and activities for them to do during the day and some reflective exercises for after. They were accompanied by university student ambassadors and were able to ask questions about uni life and the different pathways they took after GCSEs to uni.


EDF Energy Workshop
As a joint Careers and Science initiative, EDF Energy came into school on Wednesday 1st May, to deliver a fun and interactive workshop for Y7 students. It gave them an insight into what it takes to be an engineer and break any preconceptions and stereotypes.

Students learnt about famous female engineers, different types of engineering roles, as well as took part in a competition to build the ‘tallest structure’ from spaghetti and marshmallows! There was learning and fun, with positive feedback from the students who enjoyed the session.




Year 9 Art Workshop
On Thursday 18th January we welcomed Abi Nicol from Create Gloucestershire and Tom Henderson from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to deliver a full day of workshops to Year 9 students. 

The objectives of the day were:

  1. To collaborate and communicate in order to construct.
  2. To develop skills in 2D and 3 D Creativity
  3. To identify creativity as a method of play

And these were certainly met in full by all the students attending.

The day began with an inspirational assembly delivered by Justin Gregory from The Hereford School of Art, about the role of creativity in the modern world and the importance and growth of creative careers. This was followed by our students participating in a series of one-hour workshops throughout the day led by Abi and Tom with the brief, ‘to build a city’.  It contained all the things they wanted and thought would be useful in a good town. Students contributed towards a collaborative city where they built a variety of shops, restaurants, places to live and pray, sporting venues, a cable car, a windmill, places for entertainment, a spa for relaxation, an airport and if you were feeling unwell a hospital.  Infrastructure was added with roads, bridges and a train track.  Who wouldn’t want to live there?

The city was incredibly creative and gave students the opportunity to explore materials, scale, 3D construction as well as the chance to work intuitively and without constraints. Click here to view all the photos.

We saw the students using their communication skills, negotiation skills, leadership skills, creativity and problem-solving skills, and lots of team work and collaboration.  A myriad of wonderful transferable and useful skills to have in life and in their future careers.  You could certainly see that there are going to be some engineers, architects, designers and leaders of the future.

Our thanks go to Tom Henderson from South Gloucestershire and Stroud college and Abi Nicol form Creative Futures for facilitating such a dynamic workshop.  Thanks also to Haaniya Moolla and Niamh Baggott, students from South Glocuestershire and Stroud college, Miss Wilson, Miss Dallimore and big thanks goes to Mrs Dunford for organising the day for the students.



Post-16 Activities


NHS Careers Newsletter

Parents and Carers Pack - helping your child search and apply for Apprenticeships. 
Click here for more information on Apprenticeships. 


Useful Websites



Apprenticeships with the British Army

The British Army homepage | The British Army

"The Army can offer adventure and opportunity to people who want to do something different through a range of amazing apprenticeships.

When you join the Army, you’ll not only learn how to be a world-class soldier or officer, but you’ll continue to develop skills and earn qualifications while you work.

At the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate, the Army support 16 and 17 year olds in learning military skills, fitness and education (including English and Maths) so that they’re ready for an apprenticeship and successful career in whichever part of the Army suits them best – all whilst earning a good wage and making friends for life.

Once you’ve finished the course at AFC Harrogate, you’ll move onto your trade training which is where you will learn more about your specific trade. Once you have completed both elements of training, you will be ready to join your unit, as a soldier in the British Army."

Click here for more information.


Welcome - Sharing the Love of Flying - Fly2Help


"Whether you are considering a career as a Pilot, Engineer, Air Traffic Controller, Airside Operations or Aviation Management, the opportunities are vast.

We are here to help you navigate your way through to your future career pathway.

You can join one of our career taster events, get involved in a week long programme or invite our travelling airport to your school or college! 

Come and meet us online or in person. There are lots of ways to get involved with our Aim High programmes, so contact us today for more information."

Kim Lewington (Programme Manager) at Fly2Help has shared a video of Kirsty Murphy, current Blades Aerobatics Team display pilot. She is ex RAF and Tornado pilot and the first female Red Arrows pilot. She’s also a DfT Ambassador and a truly motivational lady. Click here to watch

TBS Engineering Apprentiships

TBS Engineering – The world leader in automatic machinery for the lead acid  battery industry.

"Based in Gloucester Business Park TBS provides hands on specialist training, one-to-one mentoring and a chance to explore and experience all areas of the business. TBS are incredibly proud of their Apprenticeship programme and their team of talented individuals it’s produced."

TBS have a range of Technical and Commercial Apprenticeships available at their Gloucester headquarters.

For more information and how to apply, visit - 


File:Logo of the Royal Air Force.svg - Wikipedia

Click here to watch webinar recordings.

"We currently more than 20 roles to choose from that come with RAF apprenticeships rated Outstanding by Ofsted. They are available in a broad and diverse range of professions including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT."

Click here for more information.

Remit Training

Remit Training | LinkedIn

A leading, national Apprenticeships provider. We’ve worked with over 7000 employers – from big brands that everyone knows like Coca-Cola, The Body Shop, Nandos and Travelodge to name a few, through to local and regional companies, all across the country and we’ve helped over 40,000 apprentices find a career.

We offer over 50 different apprenticeships, designed to support your progressing needs and career goals. Apprenticeships can be studied at a level to suit you, from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) and all the way up to university-level. Click here to apply!


Skyborne Airline Academy | Pilot Network


In the ever-changing world of pilot training, standing still is not an option. Underpinning our pioneering spirit is an innate desire to continuously evolve. Our innovative approach challenges the norms of standard training, and as a result we deliver excellence to trainees and customer airlines alike.

At Skyborne, you’ll be actively contributing to the evolution of pilot training in each and every department. We believe in the power of innovation, and we’re seeking dynamic individuals who share our vision.

Find several videos on the personal experience into studying and training to be a pilot. For ‘Women of Aviation Week’ they have captured three women who talk about their experience and roles within the aviation industry. Click here for the videos.


The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

civil-nuclear-constabulary - Defence Police Federation

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is a unique armed police force, trained to College of Policing standards. Our core focus is the security of the nation’s licenced civil nuclear sites and civil nuclear material in transit in England and Scotland. Failure to deliver this is simply not an option.

As sworn police officers we are proud to be part of the wider policing family and have a duty to protect the public, both through our core role; helping to patrol the communities who live near our sites; and as a key part of the UK’s strategic armed policing reserve.

People are at the heart of the CNC. With a culture where we strive to bring out the best in each other and the wider team, we can fulfil our mission of protecting the civil nuclear sector and the UK public.

Click here for more information. 


'How to become' Guides

Click the links below for more information.

How to become a GP

How to become an A&E Nurse in the UK

How to become a Fertility Clinician

How to become an Accountant

How to become an Intellectual Property Analyst

How to become a Criminal Solicitor 

How to become a Family Lawyer

How to become an HGV Driver

How to become a Stonemason

How to become a Scaffolder 

How to become a Construction Manager