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The Careers Department at Whitgift works hard to ensure that students have access to accurate and up-to-date information.  

As can be seen from the comment below, we have an excellent reputation with both parents and students alike:
“As a parent, one of the School’s USPs was, and is, its Careers Department. Its importance has been highlighted as my boys have moved through the School. I have spoken to many friends with children in other independent, as well as state comprehensive, schools, and Whitgift offers a truly five-star service. It is incomparable to others, and one that truly benefits the boys.”


Our central aim is to encourage research and debate. We provide the resources to enable each of our students to explore and develop his career aspirations, thus fulfilling his potential. We want each boy to be able to reach an informed decision, having considered a range of options.



First and Third Forms follow a broad curriculum, and the boys are encouraged to sample a wide range of extra-curricular activities to develop a variety of skills and self-awareness. Boys in the Upper Third Form are encouraged to research subject/career links in advance of their option choices.


Interest and Aptitude Profiles 

We use the Preview Interest Questionnaire, with the Cambridge Aptitude Profile. This is followed by a detailed report from Cambridge Occupational analysts, prior to individual feedback interviews at the beginning of the Upper Fifth year.


All Upper Fifth Formers have the opportunity to discuss their Sixth Form options with a member of the Senior Management Team.  

  • Parents Evening  held in September, to outline the issues and targets for the year ahead
  • Moving Forward  a series of research-based tasks, supporting the transition to the Sixth Form, and beyond
  • Careers Drop-In  in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, an experienced independent careers adviser is available to all boys and their parents, offering impartial advice on career issues
  • Work Experience  all boys go out for one or two weeks after their GCSE examinations have finished. Placements are based on the boys’ career interests
  • Sixth Form Options  an evening with Heads of Departments, devoted to discussion of A Level/IB/BTEC courses
  • The Careers Convention – an informal evening aimed at the Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth Form students, where representatives from a wide range of careers and professions are available for one to one discussions. Our advisers come from a diverse variety of backgrounds including a number of Old Whitgiftians.


  • After Whitgift – an evening for students and their parents to find out about HE choices, applications, procedures and strategies, careers and gap years (This information is also presented in the booklet ‘After Whitgift’)
  • Open Days – students are encouraged to apply for ‘taster courses’ and also to arrange their own university Open Day visits  
  • ‘After Whitgift’ Course – is held in June with speakers giving a variety of presentations which cover university admissions, interview skills, money management and the Personal Statement
  • Careers Drop-In  In the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, an experienced independent careers adviser is available to all boys in the Sixth Form and their parents, offering impartial advice on career issues.


  • Practice Interviews – all boys who require them are offered practice interviews, and additional support is offered to boys applying for courses that have specific requirements
  • UCAS Application – the application process is monitored through to the results stage

Visiting Speakers – a number of parents, Old Boys and friends of the School regularly come in to talk about their area of expertise, and often offer our senior students the opportunity of work experience placements.

  • A visit from a Cambridge Professor, sees some fantastic model areoplanes
  • Ben Sparks, Mathematician Musician, gives a talk
  • Bali Rai visits for a talk and book signing
  • A visit from the author David Gatward
  • Jeremy Paxman gives a talk in Big School

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