Empowering pupils for a fulfilling journey through learning and work

At Dean Close, we see a person’s career as their entire journey through learning and work. Viewed as such, we thus all have just one career, one overarching journey. Travelling it across our 21st century landscape will involve a range of occupations and transitions, each with their own challenges and possibilities for development. Our career will be a central arena for fulfilment: economically, socially and in terms of the positive impact we can make on the world around us. It will be unique to each of us and for our pupils it has already begun.

The aim of the Dean Close Careers Department is to empower our young people in their individual journeys – to access key opportunities and to take ownership for their own career management and planning. For many, professional destinations will still be beyond the horizon, but the information, skills, experiences and mindset that will open up valuable pathways are within sight. We work to ensure our pupils access to these, not only while at school, but beyond. Whether it be at university, in an apprenticeship, a starting job, or a long-term profession, our past and future pupils will find Dean Close Careers, our Old Decanian Society, and our professional networks, a continuing source of support and opportunity. For your journey, Dean Close Careers will seek to be with you, striving to value, care and provide for every unique member of our community.


many specialists, one team

Dean Close Careers is based within the Flecker Library. A dedicated Careers library can be found on its first floor, featuring a wide collection of resources about future opportunities, from gap years to university and apprenticeship courses, as well as ideas about employment.

All staff at Dean Close are members of the Careers team and are a key source of front-line advice to subject pupils and tutees. They are supported in this by:

  • Z Suckle – Head of Careers & Library Services
  • D Mochan – Higher Education Coordinator
  • A R Needs – Careers Assistant
  • J Sumner – Oxbridge Coordinator
  • C H S Montgomery – International Universities Coordinator
  • D D Evans – Armed Services Coordinator


information / education / advice / guidance

Within school, a key part of our careers work is about making choices about learning: choices about GCSEs, A-levels, universities, apprenticeships and other school leaver destinations. In choosing, it is not only about making effective choices, but about being able to make choices effectively. Preparation is crucial; together with our teachers and tutors, Dean Close Careers will support pupils by developing the skills and confidence to…

  • make realistic and informed decisions
  • access future opportunities
  • help manage transitions

Much of this will occur contextually in subject lessons and through tutorials, powered by the expertise of staff and a rich tutorial programme, and through bespoke guidance of the specialist members of the Careers department, readily available by appointment.

Alongside this, more structured opportunities are provided throughout our pupils’ school experience, offering time and focus for choice analysis and skill development:


In the Fourth Form, pupils receive a dedicated curriculum of skill development, covering: IT literacy, Research, Revision, Academic Writing, Presentations, Data Analysis, Teamwork, Project Management & Career Development. Building on this, Fifth Form pupils participate in a programme of workshops over the course of the year focussing on: Research, Revision and, of course, Careers.


effective choices / choosing effectively

All pupils and tutors conduct dedicated discussions about choices…

  • in the Fourth Form ahead of GCSE options;
  • in the Fifth Form following careers tests, ahead of post-16 education;
  • in the Lower Sixth following careers tests, as they consider university and school leaver destinations.


This is the main year for preparation of application forms including:

  • General Seminar to help choose courses and institutions
  • Morrisby Sixth Form Questionnaires (January) – highlight possible courses and pathways to feed into ongoing discussions with tutors
  • Parents’ meeting to explain the UCAS procedure and Apprenticeship options – parents are supplied with a UCAS Parents’ Guide
  • Visit to a UCAS Higher Education Convention
  • Opportunities for Work Experience in Easter / Summer holidays
  • Training for completion of UCAS form.
  • Discussions and seminars on Year Out opportunities
  • One to one discussions / interviews at any time
  • University visits
  • Futures Week – Pre-U & School Leavers Workshops (final week of the Trinity Term)


  • Interview with Headmaster, Higher Education Coordinator and Director of Studies on plans and preparation for the future (September)
  • References completed
  • Help with application forms (to be completed by early October, or earlier for Medics, Oxbridge and Conservatoire candidates)
  • Interview Seminar / trial interviews
  • Final choice
  • Preparation for Results Day guidance (via email in August)


  • A Level results and summer support
  • Post-A Level & Oxbridge support
  • Early term re-thinking and references

For more information about our Careers provision, visit our online Careers Hub: http://dcslibrary.com/careers/.

For answer to further queries, please contact: dcscareers@deanclose.org.uk.