A key area for students when considering their future will be the careers options available. We believe it is important to ensure every student has the chance to learn more about a wide variety of employability options before they leave secondary school.

As a result our careers aim is ‘To ensure all students will be fully equipped with the knowledge and life skills required to choose, secure and succeed in positive future destinations.’

At the heart of our approach are three key questions designed to get students truly thinking.

  • What do they want to achieve over their lifetime?
  • What are they going to do when they leave Kings to help them get there?
  • What can they start doing now to make sure this can happen?

Our approach is cross-curricular with opportunities to explore different careers within departments, through visiting speakers, business links, work experience, a comprehensive PSHE programme and our ‘Finding Our Futures’ programme. Students benefit from the strong links we have with the Holiday Inn, Allianz UK and the University of Surrey.

Supporting all this is our use of a dedicated careers website: U-Explore which can be accessed and used by parents and the surrounding community as well as our students. Each person can set up their own user account to explore opportunities. Click here for help registering.

Careers in action

Holiday Inn Takeover: Kings College has partnered with the Holiday Inn Guildford for over 10 years to offer Year 9 pupils the opportunity to ‘take over’ various roles within the organisation. Roles vary from reception, maintenance, health club and catering duties to accounting and even management roles. Interested pupils complete a formal application and a series of ‘speed interviews’ with the hotel managers. The managers discuss applicants and extend formal offers for the ‘take over’ positions. Over the three day period, the Year 9 ‘take over’ students spend the first day meeting key people at the hotel, touring the facility and training in their new roles. On day two they shadow the person in their assigned role and on day three they ‘take over’ the role, completing all of the duties under the supervision of their assigned member of staff. On the afternoon of the third day pupils are also typically visited by VIPs such as the Mayor of Guildford and the Member of Parliament for Guildford. Each year the Holiday Inn takeover provides invaluable experience for our pupils. They return more confident and more aware of the different career paths available to them in the hospitality industry.

Careers Lead

For more information about the careers programme at Kings, please contact the school’s Careers Lead, Miss H Trott by email: h.trott@kingscollegeguildford.com

SLT Link for Careers: Mr D Ferguson

If you would be interested in supporting the Careers Programme at Kings by offering support from your company or organisation then please contact either Miss H Trott or Mr D Ferguson.


Careers and Aspirations Programme