Year 11 Careers


During Year 11 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of a careers related activities.  The key area will be for students to continue with careers research and ensure that students are fully ready to make well informed decisions about their career pathways.

Year 11 will be doing the following:-

  • Individual target setting and reflection with tutor.
  • Continue with development of transferable skills. 
  • Continue with character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from the future workforce.
  • PSHE days including Careers workshops.
  • Preparation for work experience.
  • 5 days work experience.
  • Debrief of work experience week with tutor group, reflecting and evaluating the placement.
  • Continual review of CV and update when appropriate.
  • 1-2-1 careers support from Careers Adviser when needed.
  • 1-2-1 Senior Leadership Team mentoring where required.
  • Year 12 Toot Hill College Induction Day.
  • Support with all College applications.
  • Research on a variety of websites.
  • Continue exploring pathways during tutor time.
  • Royal Marine training
  • Active tutor mentoring.
  • Destination Planning.
  • Toot Hill Careers and Networking Fair.
  • Various subject related visits.
  • Continue fund raising.
  • Prefect recruitment and training.
  • Torches of Experience to record achievements in school as well as out of school.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Sports programme during school time and after school.
  • Student Voice,
  • Musical productions in school.
  • Cadets
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • National Citizen Service application
  • Toot Hill Alumni sign up.  We like to keep in touch with our students as a way of them inspiring our current students and for us to continue to share in their achievements.
  • Revision techniques and preparation for GCSE examinations. 

Careers & Networking Fair
Thursday 10 January 2019

The Careers & Networking Fair held in the Suther's Building at Toot Hill School was a great success. We had 85 exhibitors made up of a variety of employers, universities and training providers. Over 180 students from School Years 11, 12 and 13 attended. 

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Work Experience 22 - 26 October 2018

Over 300 Year 11 students took part in a Work Experience week in October. The students found their own placements and took responsibility for contacting the employer to ask for work experience. They have worked at a variety of employers nationwide from Scotland to Skegness to London. Members of staff visit the students during the week and here are some photos of our students at work.

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Work Experience October 2018

Here are some of the comments we received from employers about Year 11 and their work experience week:-

Bingham Furniture & Home Store

It was a delight to have both students on work experience for the week, they were polite, conscientious and worked well under their own initiative.

Cotgrave Candleby Lane School

Sophie has been working in Foundation and has really enjoyed it. She said she feels she has grown in confidence, has enjoyed working with young children and really wants to now pursue a career in teaching in the future. Her teacher Mrs Turner said she has been great, really helpful and has been hard working.

Oxygen Newark

Georgia has settled fine and worked well with every task we have given her. She is punctual and dresses smart. She is confident and talkative and very happy whilst here. 

Nottingham Law Centre

I can confirm that Dale was with us on the Monday & Tuesday. He seemed very much to enjoy his time here and came in earlier than necessary each day; and very smartly dressed also. He wore a suit and tie and to be honest put most of us to shame at how professional he looked!

Nottingham Trent University

Firstly can I say what a nice young man Harris is and what a positive experience it has been for us and him. He has been punctual, well dressed, well mannered and very helpful. All of my team have loved having him in the team. We have kept him busy and has enjoyed visiting all our building contracts. Regards his record keeping I am not sure but I will check with him tomorrow. Also more than to give him feedback. Can I just say what a good job his parents and you must be doing if Harris is a typical example of a Toot Hill pupil.

Lace Boutique

To confirm it was a pleasure to have Ebony in the shop with us. She was always punctual and smartly dressed every day. She is a very polite young lady and has a good work ethic & was also confident to chat with our customers. She was very willing to take on new tasks and broaden her knowledge in the retail industry. Due to how well Ebony did on her work experience we would be very willing to look at giving Ebony some Saturday work in the future.

Davinsons Bakery

It was lovely having Eve work with us last week, she was always on time for work and returned from lunch promptly. She was polite throughout and did everything asked of her straight away without question including helping with the pot washing on occasions!!! She helped bake a lot of cakes, finished off cupcakes and brownies and even carved our pumpkin which took pride of place in our window display. I have said to her that I would be happy for her to come back and work with us on Saturdays or during school holidays in the future if she would like. 

Debbie Bryan

What a lovely surprise I had on Saturday morning! Thank you so much for your lovely card and message the flowers are so pretty. it was very thoughtful of  you. I want to say a massive thank you Elle, you have been a significant support to the business during your time with us. You have an excellent attitude to work and I found you very mature in your understanding of tasks we set for you to tackle. The creative examples you have designed and made will be used to market the craft menu and to inspire our customers - they will on social media over the next few months. Thank you also for checking and pricing the glass collection, I was able to put them out for sale Saturday morning. I will email over a reference for you to use in the future. We would love for you to come again, do let me know if this is something you would like to do in the holidays.  

Ruddington Grange

Ben was a pleasure to work with on his work experience last week. He was always on time and finished all his jobs. The best work experience I've had here at Ruddington!!

Clark & English

Amber has been a fantastic help this week. She has been punctual, smartly dressed and has completed her work experience book. She has undertaken every task we've asked of her to a high standard.

Aegis Service & Aftercare Ltd

Max has been great this week and has been out and about with our engineers, as well as undertaking administration and also some CAD work I believe.  We have endeavoured to show him the whole operation in terms of the different elements to our industry, so hopefully he has enjoyed it too.

Very punctual and very smart and a lovely young man, however having not been at the office for most of the week, I haven’t been able to see if he is completing his work experience book, but I am sure he has been.

Boyes, Bingham

Alfie has been working really hard with great punctuality. Been given a wide range of experiences within the shop. Gets on with all staff.

Chrysalis Health & Beauty Solutions Ltd

Grace has been working really well in the labs and has been making up syrups for submission to the customers. She has also had a factory tour. Grace asks insightful questions and I have been so impressed with her work ethic. We have had older students than Grace start work in the past and she is far better than those already.

Michael Lau Photography

Jacob has been an excellent work experience student and has ticked all the boxes in a very positive way. He looks like he has enjoyed his time here and has thrown himself into his tasks with great enthusiasm and intelligence. We have both filled in his work book which Jacob will be submitting to you on his return. I’ve really enjoyed having Jacob around this week and he does your school great credit.

Cotgrave Candleby Lane School

Ryan has been working in year 1 and said he has really enjoyed the experience. He said he definitely now wants to work with children in the future. He again feels he is now more confident is his own ability. His teacher Mrs Jackson has said he has been extremely hard working and when given a task has completed it very quickly and efficiently and keen for more jobs. He has enjoyed reading with the students and has also helped out with creating resources etc.

Capital One

Matthew settled quickly and had a hugely productive week spending time across all areas of our business, and also learning about different people career journeys to help inform for the future. During his week he spent time in Tech, Cyber, Project Management, HR, Finance, Legal, Brand Marketing, Design, Communications, External and Community Affairs, Mission Control, and also did call listening with our Operation teams. 

During the week I had positive feedback from all the people, including a number of Senior people he met and all those he spent time with, all saying how he engaged, asked questions and was interested the whole time, not always the case with Work Experience Students. 

Work Experience

Placements in the NHS

The minimum age for clinical placements is now 16. You can however apply for any non-clinical placements advertised on this online directory.

A quick link to the NHS work experience web page.

Top tips for students looking for work experience
1) ExperienceGet as much relevant work experience as possible to make you stand out from other candidates.

2) CV and cover letter - Do your research and tailor your CV and cover letter to the company you are applying to.

3) Job Search - Don't limit your job search to one role. Be inquisitive, find out lots about lots of different careers. If you are asking questions, you are learning!

4) Interview - You only have a few seconds to make a first impression, so make it count. Be prepared, stand tall, dress smart and most importantly, smile! 

5) Career - The process of finding a job can be disheartening, but make sure you make the most of every opportunity, learn from mistakes and never give up!