Welcome to the Careers Area

We offer very high-quality impartial information and careers education and guidance and were awarded Gold Careers Mark in 2015 and it was renewed in 2018. Careers is taught within an integrated curriculum. We have a well-stocked and regularly updated careers library within our main library which is open to students at break, lunchtime and after school. Students can also view current career opportunities on the career’s information boards located around school.

Key members of staff are:

  • Helen Bowstead: Careers Leader
  • Karen Fletcher: Careers Assistant
  • Rose Atkinson: Librarian

You can contact our Careers Leader, Helen Bowstead, by either calling 01332 831515 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We run a careers program through the tutor program in all year groups starting at year 7.  This program is reviewed every year to ensure the most up to date information and advice is given through out the program.  Next review due July 2019.

A key tool to help us with the careers program through out all year groups is Unifrog.  Each student within school has a Unifrog login which enables them to start building a portfolio of skills for when they leave school.  It also has access to a database of over 1000 jobs and careers and information of different routes into those careers both through university or any other route. Any parent wishing to have access to Unifrog to help support their child’s career progression should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an account can be set up.

What next after Da Vinci?

Many students don’t know what they want to do after they leave Da Vinci, but don’t worry.  We offer support and help with this.  Form Tutors, Subject Teachers, are all there to help.  We run some useful events like our Post 16 pathways evening where we invite Sixth Forms, Colleges and Apprenticeship providers to come in and help.  This is usually in our Autumn term and enables plenty of time before applications have to be submitted to meet providers.

Providers have included:

http://www.derby-college.ac.uk/ - Includes Joseph Wright, Roundhouse, Broomfield and Hudson Building

http://www.ncn.ac.uk/ - New College, Nottingham

http://www.chesterfield.ac.uk/ - Chesterfield College

http://bilborough.ac.uk/ - Bilborough College

http://www.burton-college.ac.uk/ - Burton College

http://www.leesbrook.co.uk/index.php/91-post-16 - Leesbrook Skills Academy

http://heanorgate.org.uk/index.php/6th-form/meet-the-sixth-form-team - Heanorgate Science College

https://landau-forte.org.uk/sixthform/education-sixth-form/ - Landau Forte

There are some really useful websites that you can access in or out of school as well to help you decide what type of career you would like.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

www.unifrog.org

www.icould.com

www.careersbox.co.uk

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

https://www.derby.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/derby-apprenticeship-hub/

At Da Vinci we don’t just want to think about the next steps in your careers, but your long-term career path. As part of this every student has the opportunity to visit a University at least once and many will visit a number of times over their course of time at Da Vinci. Wanting to find out more about university couldn’t be easier. Use the know how section of Unifrog to find out all about applying to university, what is needed in terms of student finance, what you might be entitled to if no one in your immediate family has been to university before and much, much more.

Encounters with Employers

It is one of the key things for students to experience whilst at school, is meeting people from the world of work.  We have a work experience program for Year 10’s giving them a week in industry.  For some students we will also support bespoke work experience packages to enable them to gain the best possible outcome for them when leaving Da Vinci.  As part of our inspiration days we also have various employers coming into school to work with students.  If you have something you feel you can offer the school in regards of inspiration days whether that be year group workshops or small group work activities, we would love to hear from you.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have a number of mentoring schemes currently being set up within different subjects.  We are always keen to encourage companies to work with us to help mentor students in their area of expertise.