Careers & Post 16

Careers Leader's Welcome


At The Kingsmead School, we are committed to providing all our students with a comprehensive programme of impartial careers advice and guidance, work experience, employability workshops and aspiration days throughout 7-11, to help our students to be inspired about their future employment options and to help them make positive choices once leaving Kingsmead.

Our Aims

  • To promote self-awareness, self-development and personal assessment.
  • Prepare young people for their working lives by enabling them to review previous transitions, interests, aptitudes and preferred approaches to learning.
  • Develop the careers management skills of decision making, action planning and self-presentation.
  • Develop skills to prepare young people for future choices and transitions.

The Kingsmead School delivers careers as a discrete curriculum, which is part of the PHSE Framework. PSHE promotes self and role awareness, decision making, coping with transitions, relating to others and healthy living and wellbeing in a careers context.

Careers lessons have allocated time within the timetable and facilitated through a range of activities by teachers, careers professional and teaching support staff and other external partners e.g. employers and further and higher education providers.

Careers within the curriculum can impact our students by:

  • Cognitive -Transforming how our young people think about themselves
  • Behavioural – Developing our young people’s management, employability and study skills.
  • Practical - Supporting our young people to make positive, realistic and sustained career destinations.


Lia Copestake

Careers Leader

Key Information

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Careers Events and Opportunities

Derby Careers Fair – Pride Park – Thursday 27th April 2023 

The Derby Careers Fair takes place on Thursday 27th April, at Pride Park from 10am-2pm. You can meet local and national employers face-to-face, and apply directly for hundreds of vacancies. The Derby Careers Fair is open to anyone and everyone…

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Open Day Event – Work Pays – 28th April & 12th May 2023 

Open to all Year 11 students, parents/carers and staff. Have a look…..

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Construction Careers Open Evening – 6th March 2023 

Join us and discover your new construction career! Starting at 5.30 pm with short presentations from our team, followed by…..

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National Careers Week – 6th to 11th March 2023 

Empowering Positive Change through Careers Education. National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK…..

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National Apprenticeship Week – 6th to the 12th of February 2023

The week is the perfect time for learners to discover the amazing opportunities that apprenticeships can offer so they can develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career…..

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Late Applications – Derby College Group (DCG)G)

Before we can proceed with your enrolment, we need you to provide us with some additional personal details and confirmation of your qualifications…

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SEND Futures Fair – 26th September 2022

Young people, family members and carers are invited to browse stalls, talk to exhibitors and hear presentations from a wide range of local specialist SEND provisions……

Latest news from Derby College Group (DCG)

Latest updates from Derby I am delighted to welcome you to the new academic year at Derby College Group. It has been a busy summer at Derby College Group enrolling new students online…

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Training Providers

The Connexions and Derby Training Providers booklet, exists to support young people, who are over school age and under 19. There are a wide range of opportunities for young people who would like to continue into further education. The booklet provides information about different providers within Derby City, which offer full/part time courses, apprenticeships and traineeships.
The booklet also contains contact names and contact details of Connexions workers, detailed information about organisations within the city and what they are offering to young people. For young people who are over 19 and NEET (Not In Education, Employment or Training), The National Careers Service has Career Coaches available within Derby and Derbyshire, that will offer Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to those who are thinking about returning to education or employment

For further information about our Careers programme please contact:

Lia Copestake – Careers Leader

Email:  [email protected] 

Telephone number: 01332 973859

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