Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance


The transition for any pupil of from school to college, employment or further training is often a daunting proposition and requires careful planning and much thought. For our pupils there is no exception and it is crucial that sufficient time and expertise is available to develop a transition plan when and where appropriate. It is particularly important that whatever the destination might be secure transition plans are in place to ensure success. To facilitate this the school formally commence a series of meetings and engages a range of professionals to develop future pathways at the beginning of year 11. These meetings compliment the career exploration that pupils receive as part of the curriculum in years 9 and 10.

At Woodeaton we set very high expectations for our pupils when moving on. It is our firm belief that ‘Just because you may have a special need and/or a diagnosis doesn't mean you cannot be successful’.

Mrs. Holifield Leads on careers. She can be contacted through the main office on 01865 558722

Moving-on, Moving-up Meetings

The Moving-on, Moving-up meetings are normally held in school and where appropriate contacts from local colleges are present to assist in developing aspirational pathways for our pupils. The college personal in the main, are Senior Staff involved in the overall management of transitions and Key Workers who provide specialist support on an ongoing basis.

It is vitally important that everyone involved works to develop a placement strategy that is understood AND that is acceptable to the pupils involved. 

The Moving-on, Moving-up process normally begins with Woodeaton Staff and some parents and carers taking the opportunity to visit the various Open Events at the colleges at the start of the year. Thereafter bespoke individual pupil packages are developed with the school supporting/brokering specialist advice and ensuring the transition plan is effective and relevant.

As a school we also, within the curriculum, can assist the pupils in completing college applications, developing personal statements and with interview practice if required. In addition, pupils who join us in the 6th form can follow ASDAN’s flagship qualification at level 1/2, The certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) which further helps develop their employability skills.

As part of the process we also work closely with our Partnership Secondary mainstream schools to seek specialist careers advice where required.

College Links

Whatever your location we as a school will develop links with all relevant education providers local to you. Within the county we have current links with Oxford City College, Abingdon and Witney College, Banbury and Bicester College and Henley college. Out of county we have current links with Berkshire College of agriculture (BCA-Maidenhead), Aylesbury College (Buckinghamshire), Moulton College (Northamptonshire) and Moreton Morrell College (Warwickshire).

Specialist out of County Courses

In line with setting and meeting the high aspirations of our pupils we will work with any college or setting to develop opportunities. Sometimes this is out of county. We have recently supported pupils who are seeking specialist Level 3 courses in Blacksmithing and an Extended Level 3 Diploma course in Cricket Coaching and Fitness.


Useful Web Links

College Open Days - 2016/2017: Open Days 1617.pdf

Oxford City College:

Abingdon and Witney College:

Banbury and Bicester College:

Henley College:

Berkshire College of Agriculture:

Aylesbury College:


Another useful web link is: is Oxfordshire County Council's website for young people and includes information about opportunities, activities and services for children and young people in Oxfordshire.

The aim of this site is to promote and support youth education, and not merely for academic subjects we learn in school. Topics such as internet safety and after-school clubs on this site will help ensure a self-sufficient future and a sustainable environment for Oxfordshire’s Youth and visiting families. The site simply is a map for young individuals to uncover where they aspire to be in years to come and find out how to get there. By joining activities, finding opportunities or even just by reading the site’s information, you can develop skills to apply in the future. - Kiara Konishi, Work Experience Student -