Careers Programme

Careers Programme at Sunbury Manor School

A principal aim of Sunbury Manor School’s careers programme is to prepare our students for life beyond school and college. We want to broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to a wide range of different career pathways. Students will have many opportunities to engage with different employers and employees, experience workplaces and higher education establishments in the hope that they will find their passion and pursue their dreams.  

This is an outline of our careers programme. Please note that activities are not limited to the below as opportunities do arise throughout the academic year. Furthermore, not all events are available for all students as some external providers can only offer limited places.

We have had to adapt our careers programme due to the implications of Covid-19. We are looking at alternative ways to deliver previous aspects of our programme that are not currently detailed below.

Year group




Gatsby benchmarks


“The Big Idea”- Dell Technologies with The Talent Foundry

A 3-hour workshop to develop students’ knowledge of social issues in their community and the way that technology can be used for the greater good. To develop key transferable skills such as creativity and teamwork which can be used in the world of work whilst also raising student aspirations.

1, 3, 5


EverFi Year 7 STEM workshops

Local employer EverFi invites students to explore STEM careers connected to their interests and aptitudes, while practicing STEM concepts that are key for career readiness. These are 1-hour workshops offered to a certain number of classes within the year group.


1, 2, 5


Enact Solutions Productions


Drama based presentations designed to engage and inform young people about careers within the NHS. These are based around raising aspirations or awareness of different career pathways.


1, 2, 5

Heathrow STEM generation challenge 2023


The opportunity is facilitated by Learning to Work and supported by Heathrow colleagues. Using real-life scenarios to inspire and excite, students will learn about the many different career paths available at the airport and, using a variety of skills, will take part in a hands-on Micro:Bit robot workshop.

1, 2, 5

Brooklands Innovation Academy


This is an inspirational STEM experience for young people, aiming to inspire and support students to become the next generation of scientists and engineers. There will be numerous speakers and workshops from leading businesses in the STEM field such as Haleon, Balfour Beatty and McLaren.

1, 2, 3, 5, 6


Options Workshop


For students to explore post-16 options and understand what career pathways stem from each subject.


1, 3, 4, 8

Options Evening


For students and parents that explains the content of options courses and offers the chance for questions regarding the KS4 curriculum.

1, 3, 4

External speakers (higher education)


This talk will be delivered by a local college/higher education provider with a particular emphasis on different qualifications such as apprenticeships and T-levels. Information given will help inform future decisions.

1, 3, 4, 5

St Mary’s University Summer School


To support students in accessing Higher Education by hosting them for a welcoming and immersive visit at the university. To get a positive first look at university which supports their transition into Year 10 the following autumn.

3, 7

One-to-one careers interviews


  1. interviews regarding student’s post-16 option choices with an impartial career advisor.

1, 3, 8


STEM workshops

The whole year group will participate in one of 3 STEM workshops. Students will rank the workshops in order of preference and participate in one throughout the academic year. These workshops include:

  • Raes Project Altitude
  • Speaker Challenge
  • McClaren Racing

1, 3, 4, 5, 7


College Taster Days – Brooklands and Strodes.


To give students the opportunity to experience further education and gain a deeper insight into the various courses that are available.

1, 3, 4, 7

Mock interviews, speed networking and CV Workshops


To provide the opportunity to prepare for and practice interviewing skills in an environment similar to an actual interview. To engage with as many different career backgrounds as possible, developing understanding of different career pathways. To develop students understanding of CV writing.

1, 2, 3, 5

One-to-one careers interviews


  1. interviews regarding student’s post-16 option choices with an impartial career advisor.


1, 3, 8


One-to-one careers interviews


1-1 interviews regarding student’s post-16 option choices with an impartial career advisor.


1, 3, 8

ALPS Apprenticeships


To explore different pathways and options available to students at post-16 level – A levels/BTEC/apprenticeships etc. An assembly will be delivered to the whole year group with a workshop the following week for those students wanting to explore apprenticeships further as a post-16 option.


1, 3, 7

Spelthorne Apprenticeship Fair


To gain face-to-face access to apprenticeship providers and explore options available with local employers. To gain a greater understanding of the apprenticeship process.


1, 3, 5, 7

Revision techniques


Exposes students to different methods. Develops their understanding of the value of revision and the impact it has on their future.

1, 3

College Assemblies


To inform students of the application process and the different course pathways that are available to them at college (A Levels, BTEC, T-levels).

1, 3, 7

All year group

Careers Fair

The opportunity to meet numerous post-16 education providers so students can gain valuable information and explore their options, whilst asking any questions they have face-to-face.

1, 2, 3, 5, 7

Please note: the activities in bold are offered to the whole year group.