The Careers Leader at The Cowplain School is Mr L Berrecloth.

If you wish to make enquiries about careers at The Cowplain School please contact Lee Berrecloth by email at or telephone 023 9261 2020.

Year 8   -   In Year 8 students are introduced to the world of work and careers via Fast Tomato and eClips. This careers software allows students to investigate different employability options that they find interesting, in addition to analysing their own strengths, abilities and interests, and how these complement certain career options. During the Spring Term of Year 8 students choose their Key Stage 4 option subjects. They will experience a taster day of the new subjects on offer on the Advanced Learning Day in February, and each student receives a one-to-one interview with a senior member of staff as part of this process.

Year 9   -   In Year 9, students revisit the careers software for a more focussed examination of preferred career interests, which are linked to the qualification and work experience criteria that is needed to be successful in those areas.  The Cowplain School invites employees and employers from a range of careers in to give presentations to students on career opportunities.  The whole year group attends a careers fair, organised by the Havant Federation of Schools, which takes place at Havant and Southdowns College. This enables students to meet a range of employers and ask any questions they made have about different careers and education and training routes.

Year 10   -   Year 10 are introduced to apprenticeships with an assembly presentation from The Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI) on what is means to undertaken an apprenticeship, the pay and qualifications and the different career possibilities.  A major focus for Year 10 students is their application for Work Experience (completed in the summer of Year 10). Our school programme offers support in finding an appropriate placement, with advice and guidance on how to apply, and get through a potential interview process. The Cowplain School works with the Education Business Partnership (Portsmouth) to offer extra support to those who struggle to find their own placement opportunities.  We continue to offer students access to presentations from a variety of job roles. Students are encouraged to explore these areas after individual careers talks with tailored suggestions of work shadowing visits (organised through parents, family and friends), and/or through volunteering with local charities after school or at weekends.  Students are kept regularly informed about college events and open days. The Cowplain School offers tailored trips for students considering attending Havant and Southdowns College and Highbury College in the summer term of Year 10.  A Level Choices workshops are offered run by the University of Cambridge and A Level Choices visits are offered to Oxford University.

Year 11   -   In preparation for future college applications, a personal statement is drafted with help and support from the student’s tutor.  During Year 11, every student has at least one careers guidance interview with our external careers adviser, where they can discuss their ideas for the future.  The Cowplain School organises assemblies from local colleges and from The Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI) on apprenticeship opportunities, and supports all pupils with their application to their chosen college or training centre. Advice is given on how to apply and how to cope with a potential interview. For those students strongly considering undertaking an apprenticeship we run a support session on how to apply, and what to expect in the application process.  We also arrange small groups of students to be taken to events run by Universities. These provide an excellent opportunity for prospective students to meet university representatives and to discuss issues about higher education.  A Level Choices workshops are offered run by the University of Cambridge and A Level Choices visits are offered to Oxford University.

Our provision includes a number of events, integrated into the CEIAG programme, to enable students to access a range of providers; these are mainly delivered internally with contributions from external providers as appropriate, and may include some or all of the following:


Autumn term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

University assembly

Careers Day including profiling

University taster days


Year 8


University assembly

University taster days

KS4 options evening


Careers Day including STEM roadshow

Year 9


University assembly

University taster day

Careers Day including fair


Year 10


University assembly University taster day

Work experience

Careers Day – including CVs

College taster days

University summer school


Year 11

Mock interview day

Apprenticeship and UTC assembly & pop-up

College assembly

NCS assembly

University assembly

University taster day

Parents’ evening

Apprenticeship fair

University workshop

NCS assembly & pop-up


Providers supply copies of their prospectus or other course literature for the Careers Office and/or the Careers section in the Library.


Provider access statement


Careers Policy


Amazing Apprenticeships
Alphi - Careers Information Parent Pack (April 2021)   Careers Information Parent Pack (April 2021)
Guide to Apprenticeships
National Careers Service
Havant and South Downs College
Highbury College
Chichester College
Portsmouth College
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
Eastleigh College
Sparsholt College
EBP (Work Experience)
CEMAST (Engineering)
Russell Group Universities (Informed Choices)
University of Portsmouth
University of Chichester
University of Southampton
University of Winchester