Careers Information, Work Experience and On From 16

Welcome to the Careers Page!  

Please remember that Mrs Cutress is available EVERY afternoon after school if you have any questions or worries.  Mrs Cutress can be contacted on email ( or by phone (01273 845892 ext 239).

Careers Information!

College applications must be made on line via the individual college website before 4th December 2020.    Take time to have a look at the Information Booklet which has a wealth of information regarding Post 16.  Sadly our proposed On From 16 evening has been cancelled.  The Colleges are offering virtual open events, information via their websites.  There are also virtual tours on their websites as well as on line prospectuses.  Mrs Cutress has a selection of paper prospectuses that students can collect to help with subject research. 
Varndean and BHASVIC have updated their priority college application deadline to 4th January 2021
Any questions regarding this - speak to Mrs Cutress - 
Useful Links for Colleges and Apprenticeships Haywards Heath College Q & A for Year 11 Students by Haywards Heath College - click the link to watch the YouTube video

We are unsure whether work experience will be able to happen in July 2021, but will keep you informed when a decision has been made. 


Year 10 students are invited to attend a taster day at one 6th form college.  This is a great opportunity to find out more about college life, and to try subjects that are new and different that you might be considering studying after Downlands. Please complete the forms and apply direct to the Colleges, as per the letter.  See Mrs Cutress for more information - she is available every afternoon after school and most lunch and break times in her office. This is great opportunity - don't miss out!!

Are you interested in finding out more about apprenticeships?  Check out the link on You Tube for more information:

You can search for apprenticeship vacancies at:


The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Greenkeeping, Hard Landscaping, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventurous Education), Wine and Viticulture, and Rural Business Management.

At Open Day you can meet current students to find out more about student life at Plumpton College. You can see the excellent student facilities in every Department. We hope that you will come along and enjoy a great day out at Open Day!

See the attached leaflet for more

Taster Courses at Plumpton College   

Are you worried about your College Interview?  Check out the following leaflet to give you some pointers….. remember you can also speak to Mrs Cutress who will give you some reassurance.  She is available in her office every afternoon after school until 4pm.
Questions to expect at a College Interview

You can research University degree courses at:  or look at alternatives to University at: or 

Year 9 Careers Speed Networking 2019
In January our Year 9 students took part in our annual Careers Speed Dating event.  Students had the opportunity to speak to a range of volunteers from a large range of different careers including healthcare, banking, construction, uniformed public service, media, hospitality, aviation.  It was a fun event and the students and volunteers were brilliant!  Students were engaged and inquisitive about the variety of careers available to them.  This is part of their Key Stage 4 option process and will help them in making their GCSE course choices later next month.

We will be running a similar event in January 2021. If anyone is interested in taking part, please email



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