Careers Information, Advice, and Guidance

Independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance in School

Mrs Maria Masters - Careers Advisor

Maria Masters is our Independent Careers Adviser and can see students for a one to one guidance appointment to support them with looking at their post 16 options (further education and apprenticeships) and future career ideas and choices.  Maria is also the Transition Co-ordinator, and will be able to give extra support to any student who may find making the transition to further education or employment more difficult, and she can provide this help up until the Autumn half term after they have left.  Maria will be available at many of the Exeter College Open Events and some parents’ evenings.

If you are a student wanting an appointment please talk to your tutor or Sarah Rice (our Work-Related Learning Co-ordinator).

If you are a parent with any questions then please contact Maria and she will be glad to help on or 01392 660100 Ext. 167.

Maria is in school every week on a Tuesday and Wednesday.


Careers Education at West Exe School

All students are required to have, as part of their studies, input on future careers. This is ordinarily delivered through the extensive PSHE programme. In Years 7 and 8, the focus is very much about the development of the individual as a person, identification of strengths and weaknesses, and how to make appropriate choices. As part of the programme, students will have access to local and national Labour Market information to help them develop their interests and choices.

The focus on Year 9 is very much about option choices, and there is a great deal of advice and guidance offered in the PSHE programme as well as individually by tutors, senior staff and Independent Careers Advisers.  In addition, there are a number of days offered by a range of external providers, including the Devon Education Business Partnership, such as Women in Construction/Boys in to Health.

In Year 10, the focus is on preparation for work experience, and in Year 11, on Post 16 choices. Students can speak to their Tutor to find out how they can access information, advice and guidance from an Independent Careers Adviser in school. Representatives from Exeter College, Bicton and Petroc (formerly East Devon College) will also be in school at various times during the year to advise on their respective courses.