Careers guidance is a vital part of the sixth form experience at Hillview. Students have support from mentors and the Sixth Form team in making decisions about their future, whether they plan to go on to higher education or out to work. They also have access to high quality specialised guidance from qualified advisors. Appointments can be made with our in- school careers advisor or with an advisor from an external organisation. Students undertake a week`s work experience at the end of their first year with an employer of their choice, and advice and guidance is available to help them find suitable employers.
They are also encouraged to build a portfolio of work or volunteer experience during their two years in the sixth form to help with decision-making, develop employability skills, and prepare for university or job applications. In the summer term they start to focus on the major decisions ahead with visits from university ambassadors, apprentice trainers, and employers to ensure they consider all options. They are also encouraged to attend university open days or employer insight events.
Hillview School is part of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation, which aims to encourage able students, from families without experience of university, to consider this option. Most students choose to go to university , while others gain apprenticeships or employment.