Careers Programme

Careers Programme

At Godalming College we recognise the importance of goals and progression for our students.  Our Careers Programme is designed to maximise the opportunities for students to explore options whether they are initially clear on their career goal or not!  Guidance is one of our core Strategic Aims:  To provide high quality support and guidance, focusing on individual needs, interests and abilities, enabling students to confidently progress onto their next step beyond College.

Our team of highly experienced Careers professionals support and guide the teaching teams in high quality provision of careers information using tools such as Unifrog to help students explore all progression options and make the best choices. Specifically, we aim to help students understand themselves, to develop the knowledge and skills to investigate opportunities in learning and in work and to manage transitions in learning, progressing into appropriate pathways of further and higher learning and work. We support applications for a whole variety of applications for further education, higher education, specialist courses, apprenticeships (including degree apprenticeships) and employment.
We offer support to students who wish to apply for competitive specialist courses and degree courses which have additional requirements to the standard application process; this includes applications for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Music, Art and Drama.  Extra requirements can take the form of entrance exams, aptitude tests, portfolios, interviews and selection days.  This support takes the form of additional timetabled sessions, of one to one support and guidance in subject areas and one to one support for applications through the personal tutorial Shaping Futures programme.

All students have the opportunity for impartial advice and guidance from qualified Careers Guidance Professionals as well as ongoing support from subject teachers, personal tutors and senior tutors.  All students also have the opportunity to access support for work experience.

In addition to the programmes below, students have access to a variety of presentations and meaningful encounters with employers, universities and gap year organisations both in College and by attending external careers events.

Our Careers Lead is Carol Horlock, Assistant Principal, who is responsible for strategic direction supported by Christine Hudson, Head of Careers as the lead for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). They can be contacted at  


Year 10 and 11 Open Evenings, Federation Careers Day, School Liaison events, Course Advice Sessions, Going to Godalming (Taster) Days



Access one year course

Year 1

Year 2

External events

Term 1

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Time management, Online reputation, building resilience, selling yourself

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials

Getting started

Getting involved

Reflecting on transition

Reflecting on performance

Independent learning techniques

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Third Student Review Applications, CVs, personal statements

Employability skills


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

University applicant days



Term 2

Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Interview success

Careers Options: Careers planning, job search, Unifrog, CVs, course research, re-application to 6th form, careers interviews, HE possibilities, Apprenticeship show

Individual tutorials

First Student Review

Introduction to Careers

UCAS Convention

Job & Apprenticeship Fair

National Careers Week

Next Steps Evening for parents

Individual tutorials Interview practice, Student Finance

Gap years Fourth Student Review

Social media job hunting

Personal Finance

Independent Skills for Living

Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair



UCAS Convention



National Apprenticeship show

Term 3

Individual tutorials

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Second Student Review

Learner Voice

Personal Statements and CVs

Future Fridays programme of Careers talks and workshops

Individual tutorials Learner Voice

Results and Beyond

University Open days




Post results:

Post results service: results and careers support, destinations follow-up

A Night to Remember

An exciting and incredible evening took place at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday night when 200 musicians from Godalming College and the Waverley Federation schools, in Surrey got together to perform what was ‘A Night to Remember’

Whether your taste in music is from films and musicals, jazz classics or great songs from some of the world’s best-known singers – there was something for everyone.
Students from Broadwater, Glebelands, Rodborough and Woolmer Hill schools collaborated to form a choir performing songs from Musicals such as the Rhythm of Life, and music from Films such as Walt Disney’s Pocahontas. A Jazz Band with musicians from both Rodborough and Woolmer Hill formed the second part of the first half to perform jazz hits such as Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock and Blue Bossa by Joe Henderson and the Queen hit, Crazy Little Thing Called Love

The second half of the programme included music from Godalming College’s Concert Orchestra, a Harp Quartet, the String Ensemble, the Contempoary Choir, the Jazz Band and the award winning Chamber Choir, plus some duet and solo pieces including; Dream a Little Dream with Emily Brooks and Fergus Kittow, Moon River sung by Frank Cartwright, The Long and Winding Road by Shane Lunn and How Sweet It Is by Isara Segal.

Music by the Concert Orchestra included the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean, music from the Gladiator, the theme from the Incredibles and Brooklyn. While the Chamber Choir sang a beautiful arrangement of Seal Lullaby and the Requiem Movement 1 by Rutter.

Godalming College performers of note where Maddy Pickering, who is a 1st Violinist for the National Youth Orchestra played a fabulous theme from Schindler’s List. Ellie Davies was chosen to play on the BBC’s Songs of Praise with the International Harp Ensemble and later played at the British Embassy in Washington for Bill and Hilary Clinton and Barbara Streisand is one of four harpist at the college who played a Coldplay Medley. Daniel Garel who on this occasion played solo pieces as part of the Jazz Band on tenor and baritone saxophone is a composer for the National Youth Orchestra and also recently sung at the Yehudi Menuhin School with the BBC singers. Vicki Fenech who led the String Ensemble in Palladio by Karl Jenkins also plays in the English Schools Orchestra and recently performed at Cadogan Hall. Charlie Johnson has received a scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire next year and played many drum solos, whilst Holly Scott, who sang solos and played viola in the orchestra will be taking her place at Pro Corda on their Senior Chamber Music course. Jessica Camilleri and Emma Marks have both been offered places on the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, Jessica is a soloist in the Contemporary Choir and plays piano for the Jazz Band whilst Emma plays drums in the Concert Orchestra.

Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at Godalming College says, ‘It is a real honour to work with students who are so talented, professional and mature. I am very proud of what they achieved and thank them for their continued commitment, exceptional enthusiasm and endless energy.’

David Adelman, Principal at the College thanked all concerned with the concert, Directors Ceilidh Botfield and Mike Slocombe, Waverley Federation Director Louise Yeadon and all the students who have such great talent. The show ended with all musicians and performers taking to the stage for a finale of You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray, which left everyone singing as they wended their way home after a truly incredible evening.

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