Careers News

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An introduction to University life

We were delighted to welcome Mr Lee Gunton from Bristol University to our Year 11 Assembly on Tuesday 27th November. Lee gave Year 11 pupils an insight into the university experience, both in terms of different courses and how they are studied, as well as the practical aspects of student life. He advised pupils who wanted to consider courses at university to think about the A levels they will be choosing next year, to ensure they can help to get you on to the course of your choice. At the same time he pointed out that there are many subjects on offer at university that students may not even have heard of yet and that you should keep your mind open to different possibilities. He talked about the social aspects of university life, including the many different clubs and societies on offer and spoke about the practicalities of living away from home and becoming independent.

Any pupil interested in studying at university is welcome to come and talk to Mrs Walker (Careers Coordinator) or Donna Portingale (Independent Careers Advisor) on Wednesday in the library.

Lunch-time College Application Form Work Shops

If a student is unsure about how to complete their college application form then St Brendan's and City of Bristol will be coming into school to help on the 5th December and 19th December during lunch-time.

It also also an opportunity for students to ask questions concerning college.

‘Pop - Up’ lunch time career events

Due to the popularity of the Career ‘Pop-Ups’ we are continuing to host these lunchtime events. The ‘Pop-Ups’ allow students of all years to ask questions and find out more about potential future careers.

So far we have had visits from: St Brendan's, City of Bristol College, and Access to Music. Before the end of term the students can look forward to visits from the Police, On-Site (construction) and Reflections.

Mock Interviews

On 13th November every student in year 11 had the opportunity to take part in a mock interview. Part of the process of attempting to create a realistic atmosphere, including allowing the students to dress as they would for a real interview. The feedback from the interviewers was extremely positive and I would like to congratulate all the year 11’s on being so well prepared and professional. Here are some of the comments about our pupils:

‘A very confident, articulate young man. Well able to cope with an interview situation. A pleasure to meet him’

‘Mature young lady. Great eye contact, confident, articulate, polite, enthusiastic, knows what she wants to do and knows how she’s going to get there. Very good interview. She asked me good questions too.’

‘Extremely impressive interview’

‘A very good candidate - should do well. Positive attitude - knows her career path’

On behalf of the students and St Bernadette I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the day. We could not do this without them.

Mrs Walker

Wessex Water’s 2019 apprenticeship vacancies

Wessex Water’s 2019 apprenticeship vacancies are now live on our website for you to apply! Follow this link

We have around 40 apprenticeship positions starting in late summer 2019 in different technical areas:

  • Electrical, mechanical and instrumentation technician
  • Utilities operative
  • Water process technician
  • Construction operative
  • Construction mechanical and electrical technician
  • Scientist
  • Engineering and construction technician

How to apply:

There are 4 ways which you can apply to our Technical Apprenticeship Programme. These methods are:

  • Upload a CV
  • Upload a Personal Statement
  • Upload a vlog
  • Take part in a speed interview (participating colleges only)

You can find more information on the application methods on our website here:

Original image 'Stiles Minrealwasser' by W J Pilsak

On Site Bristol - Open Evening for Apprenticeships

Specialising in jobs and training in the Construction industry On Site Bristol has an open evening on Wednesday 28th November 2018 5 – 7.30pm. If this interests you why not go along or visit their web-site for further information at

St Brendan's Open Evening

The last of the St Brendan's Open Evenings is coming up on Wednesday 21st November.

An excellent opportunity to see the wide of courses on offer, see the college facilities and find out about all of the extra-curricular opportunities on offer.


Ashton Park School in conjunction with Bristol City Community Trust will be holding their annual Careers Fair on Monday 21 January 2019, from 1pm until 7pm.

The careers fair has grown enormously in size over the last few years with over 80 exhibitors attending last year from a cross section of industry, Higher Education and Further Education organisations, apprenticeship providers, individual companies and the uniformed services. Companies and organisations are already inquiring about next year’s event and to meet the demand, we have been fortunate to engage the help of Bristol City Community Trust and have secured a new venue which will be able to accommodate this. It is to be held in The Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The event is again aimed primarily at Years 9 to 13 (13-19 year olds) and coincides with Year 9 Options in many schools, this being a key time for students considering their GCSE subjects. However, as all students in KS4/5 are considering their futures being able to access such a wide variety of organisations will give students an excellent choice and insight into various career pathways. There is an open session for any students or parents who are welcome to attend between 4.30pm to 7pm. It is hoped the event will be attended by in excess of 1000 students from across south Bristol

Work Experience Opportunity at Airbus

Airbus is offering a fantastic opportunity for a student to undertake Work Experience and help them to stand out from the crowd.

Length: 4 days

Site: Filton

If you are interested please send a CV and covering letter to

Include the date of you work experience please.

Work experience week for St Bernadette's will be 1st -5th July

Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Open Evening 2018 - Bristol

Apprentice and School Leaver Open Evening

Tuesday 27th November 2018 – 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Rolls-Royce, Horizon Hall - Whittle House Customer Centre Reception, Gate 7 - PO Box 3, Gypsy Patch Lane, Filton, Bristol, BS34 6QA

Careers Weeks

This year we have two Careers Weeks in our school calendar:

  • 26th - 30th November 2018
  • ​​​​​​​4th March 2019 - 9th March 2019

During these weeks there will be special assemblies and we will be welcoming visiting speakers from higher education and the business world. There will also be a range of other activities.

Careers Open Evening - November 2018.pdf

Prefect applications and Senior Prefect Interviews

Senior pupils have had the opportunity to apply for the post of Prefect in recent weeks and to indicate whether they wish to be considered for one of the Senior Prefect roles. Pupils who applied had to fill in an online application form or submit a written application. Those who wished to be considered for Senior Prefect roles had their applications considered and short-listed before a selection were invited for a formal interview with the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teachers.

Applications were strong and the pupils interviewed conducted themselves in a very mature fashion. At the end of the process a new Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies along with a number of Team Leaders were appointed.

The whole process was an important taste of and preparation for, the application process that all Year 11 pupils will be going through as they apply for places at Sixth Form, College, with training providers and employers in the coming months.

All year 11 pupils will be participating in a mock-interview day on the 13th November.

'Prefect Badge' by Boyce Duprey on Flickr, original image, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0
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Careers Fair - 18th October

The 18th October saw a large number of colleges, training providers and employers at our annual Careers Fair. Our visitors went to great lengths to give advice and provide relevant and helpful information to all of the pupils and parents from Years 8 to 11 who attended. Pupils were encouraged to approach any or all of the exhibitors in order to obtain information and discuss any interesting opportunities that might inform their future career choices. This is particularly important for those in Year 11 who are starting to fill in their applications for places at Sixth Form, College or in training next year.

It was generally agreed that this was a successful event for all involved and if any pupil wishes to follow up those initial contacts they should see one of the staff on the careers team: Donna Portingale or Mrs Walker.

Thank you to all exhibitors who gave generously of their time to attend.

Mrs H Walker (Careers Coordinator)

St Bernardette's Careers Fair Oct 2017

Careers Fair - 18th October from 4pm

St Bernadette is holding their annual CAREERS FAIR on Thursday 18th October from 4.00pm. This runs alongside our Tutor Parents' Evening for pupils in Y8-11. Parents and pupils are welcome to visit the fair and find out about a range of opportunities across Bristol.

To date the following colleges/training providers and Companies have agreed to attend:

St Brendan's Sixth Form College City of Bristol College Bath College

Boomsatsuma Access to Music Professional Apprenticeships 3aaa

T2 On-Site Burges Salmon Solicitors

Coachmakers The Park Bristol City Community Trust NHS

Students and parents will be able to find out more information on courses/apprenticeships on offer. They will also have the opportunity to speak to a career advisor if they would like to.

Work Experience 2nd – 6th July 2018 & 1st – 5th July 2019

Congratulations to all Year 10 students who participated in the Work Experience week. Once again, we have had some amazingly positive feedback from employers about our students.

Teachers and staff were able to visit students in their workplace and the majority reported back to say that students were enjoying their placement week and many were hoping it would lead to part-time work in the future. In fact, some students made such an impact that before the end of the week they were approached with offers of part-time work!

St Bernadette's takes Work Experience very seriously but we do emphasize that it does not have to reflect a final career choices but instead allows pupils to gain a broad experience of the world of work, such as travelling to work, working with adults and working longer hours.

Next year’s Work Experience week will be from 1st July – 5th July 2019. My advice to ALL students involved is to START LOOKING NOW. Finding a Work Experience placement has become more competitive in recent years and as one of the students said to me as he was desperately trying to find a place in May, ‘if I had looked for a placement earlier I would have got the one wanted.’ My advice is to literally ‘knock on doors’, ask family and friends, email at least 20 Companies at a time but don’t wait longer than a week for a reply – get your emails checked for spelling and grammar too. Go to to find out which businesses are located near you. Good luck!

Mrs Walker Career Advisor/Coordinator

Careers talk on the Media Sector

On Wednesday 18th April Charlie Grier from ‘Access to Music’ college came along to speak to students about Careers in the Media. Although Access to Music specialise in Music related courses, they also offer opportunities to study digital media. The media industry is an exciting place to work and the sector is growing fast as the demand for content increases.

Avon and Somerset Police

On 23rd April Avon and Somerset came in as one of our Lunch-time careers ‘Pop-Ups’. The students were able to find out about a range of different police related career opportunities and to ask questions. They also had the opportunity to try on police hats, and a ‘stab vest’ which proved to be very heavy! There were also quizzes and prizes to be won.