Addington School

Vocational Profiles

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 Our Careers Team are:


Kim Mead

Routes to Work Manager




Doreen Parker

Route to Work Manager






Chris Foale

Job Coach


Nikki Varney

Preparation for adulthood HLTA 




All careers queries should be emailed via the School Reception, office@addington.wokingham.sch.uk or by calling the School Office on 0118 966 9073

Vocational Profile


The purpose of doing a vocational profile is to gather information that is relevant for any work experience, future job and career aspirations of our students. It is a form of assessment that aims to identify the student’s motivation, interests, work attitudes, skills, abilities, resources and support needs, and to establish realistic aims for career development.


The information collected is person centred and should be future orientated to enable us to identify resources, support, experiences, employment goals and career possibilities for our students. Each profile is individual to that student and is developed with them, their named carer and named profiler. The profile remains the property of the student named and is something they take with them when they leave school and move on.


Intent: A vocational profile is a personalised document which is co-developed with the student, their carer and Routes to Work Manager. We start this process in Year 9 and this is a document which evolves throughout the young person’s school journey and is only completed when they leave Addington. It is a document which helps anyone working with that particular student to ‘get to know’ them and understand their interests, hopes and aspirations. It means that their pathway can be tailored to help them achieve their individual goals.


Implementation: Our Preparation for Adulthood team work with our students to ensure that every student has a vocational profile. It is key for them to work with and get to know all of the students really well and be able to tease the information out of them. We attend annual review meetings to help with this process as well as having conversations with class teachers, staff and parents too.  


Impact: Having access to a vocational profile for each student means that teachers, TA, LSA’s and any support staff working with the student is really clear about their likes, dislikes, aspirations and hopes for the future. This means that each student’s path can be tailored and adapted to them to ensure that we bring out their strengths and give them the best opportunities for success in their future lives. It ensures that college have a full working document to help continue to layer and build skills. This ensures continuity and sustains progress at the next stage.


Careers at Addington


Careers at Addington School is developed through our Preparation for Adulthood team and is part of the Preparation for Adulthood curriculum.


There are five routes into work developed through the programme:

  • Careers Education Advice Information and Guidance
  • Vocational Profiling
  • Employer Recognised Qualifications
  • Work Related Learning, including careers lessons, business enterprise, development of work-based skills, job safari and work ready days and soft skill development
  • Work Experience, Work Ready Days and Supported Internships

Our aims are:

  • To improve outcomes for all young people and increase opportunities for paid work
  • To develop workplace strengths in our students. This includes soft skills, working as part of a team, how to conduct themselves in the workplace, communication and how to dress appropriately for work (including personal hygiene)
  • To maintain an ambitious and flexible approach; our plans are continually evolving to meet the changing needs and strengths of individual students, to accommodate a changing work-force, employment landscape and technology advancements that impact the employment landscape
  • Our ambitions for our young people come to fruition through committed staff, enthusiastic students, supportive parents and active relationships with employers.
  • Our approach is personal – we are clear that one size does not fit all. Through a range of experiences and approaches we are able to create the right pathways for each and every student so that they can meet their aspirations and their full potential.

We are flexible and our programme is continually evolving

Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks


The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance


Addington School works with Talentino to ensure that we have a robust careers programme which meets the Gatsby benchmarks. 

Please click here for more information about how our careers programme meets the Gatsby Benchmarks.