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The Willink School has a critical role to play in preparing our students for transitions into the next stage of their careers; whether it be into education, training or employment. Combining high quality, independent and impartial careers guidance with a comprehensive careers education program and up to date labour market information, we aim to support every student in developing an understanding of themselves, their skills, strengths and interests.

Key Staff

  • Ms Clare Desai - Careers Leader and Independent Careers Advisor
  • Mr A Collot – SLT Lead for Careers
  • Mrs K Friend – Head of PSHE

The school employs a dedicated Careers Leader, Ms Clare Desai. For information and guidance on careers related matters, she can be contacted: By email: careers@willink.w-berks.sch.uk  By telephone: 0118 9832030.  

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Preparation for employment is an integral part of everything we do at The Willink School. Whether students eventually go on to further or higher education, employment or self-employment once they leave us, we want their time at The Willink School to have provided them with the skills and knowledge to make the choices that are best for them.

Careers Programme

Through our Careers Programme we provide the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance to all our students in line including:

  • up-to-date information about the local employment market;
  • independent and impartial careers guidance;
  • opportunities to meet employers
  • opportunity for work experience;
  • curriculum links to real-world careers;
  • information on all post-16 options (apprenticeships as well as further education); and
  • CV and application advice.

Careers Information

The links below contain information for students, parents/carers, teachers and employers.

Careers Programme

All pupils have access to: 

  •  The Willink School Careers pages on the school website https://www.willinkschool.org.uk/Careers/
  • CEIAG Websites
  • Up to date Labour Market Information via the school website
  • Employers, Training Providers, Further Education and Higher Education Providers
  • Careers in the curriculum based subject specific experiences such as school trips, subject specific competitionsand subject specific career focussed homework

Key Stage 3: 

  • Year 7, 8 and 9 – UniFrog tasks and exploration
  • Year 9 Options Evening – students and parents have the opportunity to speak with subject teachers and the Careers Adviser
  • Year 9 Careers Appointments for options advice
  • Drop down mornings such as “Financial Awareness”and “Guess my Job”

Key Stage 4: 

  • Year 10 and 11 face to face Careers Guidance Appointments
  • Careers based PSHE Lessons
  • Moving Forward Day
  • Year 10 Work Experience Week for all Year 10 students
  • Interview Skills workshops
  • CV writing workshops 
  • Mock Interviews

Key Stage 5: 

  • Year 12 and 13 face to face Careers Guidance Appointments
  • UCAS days
  • Support with University interviews
  • Support with Apprenticeship applications
  • Provider afternoons
  • CV writing
  • Careers based assemblies
  • Year 12 Work experience week

 Provider Access Legislation Statement - PAL

Careers Access Statement 

Current Apprenticeship Vacancies



Careers Information

Labour Market Information


Year 10 Work Experience Launch (October 2022):  

If you missed the online meeting, take a look at the recording for all the information you need.






Thinking about University? Use this link to explore future opportunities after a degree:


Provider Access Legislation (PAL)


Last Updated May 2024