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. 

Work Experience 21 - 25 October 2019

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 the Lake District to London. Members of staff visit or phone the students during the week. Here are some photos of our students at work.

Furniture & Interiors Bingham
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Grannies Tearoom & Gift Shop, Cotgrave
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Zinnia Florist, Bingham
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O'Keeffe Building Services Ltd, West Bridgford
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Work Experience October 2019

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

Aslockton Pre School

Bethany is doing fantastic, the children are all really responding to her and she is coming across very professionally. Asking lots of questions and generally getting on, nothing is too much trouble. She is a great representation of the school.

Grannies Tearoom & Gift Shop

Josh is doing really well at Grannies tea rooms. They want to offer him a job. He is making coffee, using the till and making a lemon pie.

Flower Scene, Radcliffe on Trent

Sukina is doing really well on her work experience. She is a lovely young lady who is very polite and hard working. This is the first time Flower Scene have taken work experience and they are eager to take a student again if they are all as good as Sukina. Well done.

Retro Rockett

Ollie is a real inspiration to the school and blessed with common sense and drive. We admire his determination and will offer him seasonal work over Christmas. We are over the moon with both of the young people, willing and helpful and genuinely interested in learning and helping. We look forward to taking more young people in the future.

Sainsbury’s Head Office, Coventry

Ethan has been getting on very well. He’s been well presented and has represented the school very well. He’s been spending a lot of time with our service teams at Sainsbury’s Tech and has taken part in a number of activities which included building both a server and EPOS systems with little supervision.

Archbishop Cranmer Primary School

They are all just super and we are very pleased to have them! They are all polite and professional and hardworking - best Toot Hill placements we have had! Hope they are enjoying it too.

Holy Calzone, West Bridgford

It was a pleasure having Lloyd here this week. He was prompt each day. His confidence seemed to grow through the week and he forged relationships with both kitchen and front of house team members. I believe he had quite a varied time with us- his time was spent learning how to make coffees, serving customers (taking orders and clearing tables) and also spent a day in the kitchen (taking on the responsibilities of a kitchen porter role.)

RAF Syston

Jamie was a very pleasant, polite and well turned out individual, giving a very good impression during his time with us. He was extremely keen to be involved in all levels of our maintenance, whilst making the most of the experience and fully immersing himself in all activities. We were able to get Jamie access to all our departments thereby enabling him to benefit from participation in the full range of our operations here at Syerston. All the supervisors who looked after Jamie were pleased with both his attitude and approach to the tasks he was involved in. 

He was an excellent representative and credit to his school and peers and I am sure he benefited from his time with us and will go on to make a success of his future.

Trent Bridge Community Trust

Daniel has been an absolute pleasure to support for the week. He has been polite and has put in 100% effort in all tasks. Daniel has been filling in his work experience booklet you guys provided him with and I would be extremely happy to help with work experience again.

Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma & Sports Medicine

It was a pleasure to have Tom with us for work experience this week. Highly motivated and very inquisitive. Tom performed excellently and recorded his task in his booklet. We are always willing offer students a placement.


It has been a pleasure to have Ollie with us this week. If you did Work experience every week I would be delighted to take a pupil from your school on each week. I can only say Ollie has worked hard fitted in to the team amazingly well. He has completed his work booklet and he has been very punctual. Presentation and work ethics was to the level of expectations at all times. If you do want anymore pupils to do work experience in the coming months don't hesitate to ask.

Debbie Bryan Gift Shop, Tearoom and Creative Space, Nottingham

Abi has been a lovely member of the team this week! She’s been considerate, punctual and hard-working, which was very much appreciated, 

RPS Group

Callum has performed well undertaking various tasks and has been a great asset to the team. He has followed standard operating procedures and been mindful of health and safety regulations in the workplace. 

Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Nottingham 

Charley & Holly have fitted really well into MADD College, they have been shadowing 1st Year students and observing and taking part in dance, acting and singing workshops. They both have been very polite and their time keeping has been excellent. I hope they have enjoyed their work experience with this.

Nottingham Climbing Wall

Both Will and Adam have worked really hard throughout this week, always polite and looking for things to do, they have learnt how to deal with customers at reception, booking them in and onto courses/lessons and dealing with their payments in cash or card. They have also helped our instructors out with their sessions when they have been instructing climbing groups.

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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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!