Patchway Community School

Careers - latest bulletin

2023 - 2024 Term 1

Preparing for Post 16 study

Year 11 students have been looking at Post 16 options in their PSHE lessons this term. As well as considering the different courses they could take at school or college they have looked at apprenticeship options. The best way to decide where to study is to visit the provider. A list of open events is available on google classroom, the Careers section of the school website and can also be accessed HERE. Any further information I receive about courses and apprenticeships will also be posted on google classroom.  All students in Year 11 will be offered a guidance meeting with me, Mrs Shute, Careers Advisor and CIEAG Lead for PCS, in the coming months.


Visit to UWE

On 12th September, 38 Year 11s had a chance to visit UWE to find out more about the realities of University study. They took part in activities and quizzes run by FutureQuest, a charity which aims to encourage students from under-represented backgrounds to consider Higher Education. They also toured the Frenchay campus with UWE student ambassadors who shared their learning journeys with our students. For many of the Patchway students this was the first time they had been inside a University and some felt that, after taking part in the day, they might consider University as a possible pathway. All students participated really well in the day and were excellent representatives of PCS.

In the lecture theatre with the student ambassadors Winning prizes from the quiz


Mock Interview Day 13th October 2023

Last week, Year 11 students took part in the first Mock Interview Day to be held at Patchway for several years. Students prepared a set of questions in PSHE and tutor time and learned about the attitude, body language and clothing needed for interview situations.  Over 35 volunteers from the world of work came in and sat with them in the hall for the interviews. Despite some initial nerves, students performed extremely well and really impressed the volunteers. Comments from interviewers included:

‘Everybody was interested, engaged and polite, with a story to tell’

‘... a wonderful indication of how bright, talented, and motivated these young people are’

‘Every student spoke with clarity, confidence and were clearly well prepared’

We very much hope that this experience will help students feel more confident when they come to have real interviews for college courses, apprenticeships and jobs in the future.


The Parent Perspective Podcast

Amazing Apprenticeships has created this podcast for parents and carers, helping you to support your children with careers advice and guidance. Follow this link to access the recordings: The Parent Perspective Podcast - Amazing Apprenticeships


Fresh ideas for new careers - Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair
When: 1st of November 2023 - 12pm to 3pm
Where: Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BD
Who: All ages welcome and free to attend

35+ employers from a variety of sectors at Cabot Circus (on the ground floor) to talk to you about the jobs and apprenticeships they have available.Speak with potential employers face-to-face as you have the opportunity to collect information on employers, register your interest in any jobs advertised, ask the employers questions or even have a mini-interview on the day.

If you need more information please  contact One Front Door - free advice and support to people looking for work or another job. - 0117 922 3440

If you or your business would like to get involved with any of our future events, please contact Mrs Shute, Careers Advisor at