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Careers Advice

ml av amypenneyThe Careers Support Advisor for Melksham Oak is Amy Penney. She is based in school Monday to Thursday. The careers lead is Joanne Lawrence.

Contact: penneya@melkshamoak.wilts.sch.uk

The Careers Support Advisor is your one-stop shop for guidance on education, employment and training. This part of our website has information about how students can get advice and guidance about careers and work opportunities from a variety of sources, both in school, the local area and online.

The Careers Support Advisor is here to provide unbiased and independent advice.


All students from year 7- 13 are able to have a careers appointment with the Advisor in school. This is Amy Penney who is in school Monday to Thursday. Students can arrange this appointment through the advisor in U12 or via their tutor. Students are able to use these appointments to discuss future career plans, option choices and routes after year 11 and 13.

During Key Stage Three students will make their options choices from year 8. This will be a chance for them to look at subjects areas that they wish to study further at GCSE and they usually have a choice between two or three. Students are guided through this process by attending the yearly careers fair, tutorial and ACORN activities, as well as seeking a careers appointment with Amy Penney. 

Under the new government guidelines, students are to remain in education or employment with training to the age of 18. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school for further information.

Careers Fair 2018.

Another year of a successful Careers Fair held at Melksham Oak Community School for students in year 7-13. A huge thank you to all the exhibitors that gave up their time to attend and engage our young people, from local and National businesses,  colleges and universities, as well as various apprenticeship schemes. The Sports Hall was a hive of activity with exhibitors ranging from Knorr Bremse, Siemens, Waitrose, RUH, Wiltshire College, Harris Hill and Gibbons Veterinary Group and Cambridge University, along with the forces and many more.  More exhibitors were offering hands on activities from animal handling, magnetic skeleton to Forensic Science finger printing. 

We had some very positive responses from the exhibitors that did attend and here are a few of their thoughts


”Engaged, energetic and enthusiastic young people”


“Great organisation and one of the best whole school events held”


“Good opportunity to provide information to young people ”


“Students seemed focused on their pathways”

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 Useful Links





The White Horse Federation

Swindon Schools

Wiltshire Schools

Gloucestershire Schools

Oxfordshire Schools

Berkshire Schools

The White Horse Federation