Basildon Advice Store

Unsure what to do after your exams? The Basildon Advice Store may be able to help.


The Education Act 2011 gives schools a duty to secure access to careers guidance for their pupils in Years 9-11. Careers guidance secured under the new duty must:

  • be presented in an impartial manner

  • include information on the full range of post-16 education or training options, including Apprenticeships

  • promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.


Students are encouraged to consult on-line advice which is available through the following sites


Year 8 - 10

Year 8 - 10 students are able to access careers information and guidance through their Lifeskills lessons. 

Students are fully supported through the Lifeskills curriculum in writing their Curriculum Vitae, developing interview skills and learning good working practice.

Sixth Form

Students in the Sixth Form have an independent careers advisor, Miss Tinnams, who can give them impartial advice and information on careers, apprenticeships and universities.  Miss Tinnams will also be able to support students with their personal statements and CV writing.

For further information please contact Mr Smalley

Recognition of Quality Award

In recognition of the work carried out under the aegis of Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG), Mayflower High School is delighted to have received the Recognition of Quality Award for supporting excellence in this field.

Useful Careers links

Work Experience

Work Experience during Key Stages 4 and 5 


We have in the past supported work experience for students in both Key Stage 4 and 5.  However, following the Government’s decision to remove the statutory requirement for Key Stage 4 students to complete at least two weeks’ work experience, it has been decided that we will no longer automatically send students out for work experience placements, in either Key Stage. 


We believe the impact of this measure is that students will benefit from maximising their time in school, which in turn will then help them to achieve their potential in each of their examination subjects.  This is especially important in an age of increasing rigour and curriculum reform. 


Furthermore, it has become increasingly difficult to secure relevant and meaningful work experience placements for the large numbers of students involved each year.  


On the Communication to Parents page you can download a flyer that the school recently received from The Work Experience Team (WEX) within the Essex County Council Youth Service.  They provide work experience opportunities for young people across Essex.  As there is no budget available, should you want to avail yourself of the service, the costs will not be met by the school.  Please be aware that WEX will need at least eight weeks’ notice prior to arranging a requested placement.  The school does not accept liability for any use of the Essex County Council Youth Service nor make any claim to the exclusive right to use this service provider.  Furthermore, the school does not vouch for the efficacy of the service and as a result, we are unable to endorse this and any other work experience provider.  


We realise the importance of work experience and would strongly encourage students to organise relevant work experience during the summer break.  In an increasingly competitive job and university market, an appropriate work experience placement can strongly enhance a student’s application; this is especially important in medical, dental, veterinary, teaching and law courses at university.