Careers Guidance Support and Information

At Holmesdale, if you want to talk to someone in school about careers, then either contact our Careers Advisers: Ms Hamilton or Mr Smout (for sixth form entry): alternatively, visit the library to borrow a book on your chosen career, get help with writing CVs or job interviews, get information about universities or gap years and get help with writing your UCAS application, and lots more. Including KMPF which brings together the schools, Colleges and Universities across Kent and Medway to raise aspirations and attainment.

Ms Hamilton, our Careers Adviser, writes:

What kind of career would suit you? Not sure? Confused? Too many options? Need some time to discuss? Would like some individual support?

If you would like help with any of these questions, then please come and find me in the Careers Room in the Harvey Building during break/lunch times or email me to arrange an appointment.

I am at The Holmesdale School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I am happy to help all students, but in particular, those students making decisions for post 16 and post 18 choices. Year 11s – please bear in mind (RPA) Raising the Participation Age and having to continue in Education or Learning until the age of 18.

At Holmesdale we use Fast Tomato, which is a fully integrated web-based careers education guidance system for Years 8 – 13.

Career suggestions are based on the results of psychometric questionnaire results and educational levels. It also links to UCAS course information.


Holmesdale achieved level 2 in the Investors in Careers Award. This showed that we fulfilled certain standards in our careers information for students.

Raising the Education Participation Age: (RPA)

Continuing in Education or Learning.

If you are currently in Year 11, then you will have to stay in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year when you turn 18, this doesn't mean you have to stay on at school:

It could be that you attend:

  • Full-time education e.g. School 6th Form or a place at College to study vocational or work-based learning.
  • Enter into an Apprenticeship or a Traineeship.
  • Undertake full-time employment or voluntary work (over 20 hours per week) combined with part-time education or training 

Please also look at: Progress to see the variety of courses on offer. 

Information about Careers for Young people in Kent

Kent Choices 4 U offers confidential information, advice and guidance to 13-19 year olds in Kent on careers, courses, jobs, training, apprenticeships, education, money, housing and relationships.

It also supports young people up to the age of 25 who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Our Careers Adviser,, will help you make plans for your future and advise you on:

  • Subject choices
  • Career ideas
  • Local job opportunities
  • Sixth Form/Further Education options
  • Apprenticeships/jobs with training
  • Going to university
  • Volunteering/work experience
  • Gap year opportunities / Go travelling and be back by results day.
  • Support individually tailored to your specific need/request.

A Careers Adviser can also help you if there is something on your mind and you need to talk to someone in confidence.  This might be a family/relationship problem or you are worried about a health issue.

You can drop in to see our Careers Adviser or arrange to make an appointment to find out more.

Other sources of information to support careers advice: - Webchat, email or phone  0800 100 900  for information on jobs, careers, learning or training

  – all of your career needs in one place. Search for jobs and courses as well as useful articles and videos to improve employability skills and help you to secure your dream career.


(This list is not exhaustive)

The Holmesdale School
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS
Tel: 01634 240416 Fax: 01634 244041

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