Partnerships and Careers

Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Provision exists across The Purbeck School for Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance.  The Purbeck School has a contract with Ansbury, an impartial careers adviser. The school has strong links with industry.  In addition higher and advanced performing students have numerous opportunities to participate in STEM, humanities, creative arts and sport events throughout their school career.

Working Partnerships

The Purbeck School is a school and many students attend from a rural environment.  Many of our students come from families with no experience of higher education. We recognise the value of our students having access to Russell Group universities and have built up excellent relationships with Southampton University, Oxford University and Cambridge University and to a lesser extent Exeter and Bath University. We also have close links with The Sutton Trust, our partnership primary schools and local comprehensive, private schools, universities and industry.

These partnerships have resulted in the following opportunities for our students:

Primary Schools

  • Outreach work including volunteering delivered by our students in the areas of mathematics, science, art and music.
  • Our students deliver master classes in mathematics to primary students.

Secondary Schools

  • Purbeck School students regularly attend science events at Thomas Hardye and have attended debating and UN day.
  • Holocaust event at Bryanston


  • Regular meetings at school from Oxbridge liaison officers.
  • Opportunity to apply for and attend summer schools
  • Opportunity to attend short courses and Cambridge Students Union shadowing scheme.
  • Opportunity to take part in online support courses for STEP
  • Year 10 visit to Oxford University
  • TEAtime lectures in humanities and science at Southampton University
  • A2s reduced offer at Southampton University
  • Pathways to Law programme at Southampton University
  • Two Year 12 students are invited to a fully funded residential trip to Durham University

Students applying for Russell Group universities and Oxbridge will be given additional support in the way of personal statement workshops, mock interviews, STEP, LNAT, BMAT and UKCAT. Students will have access to the school’s liaison officers from Oxbridge and will be encouraged to communicate with university admissions tutors.


The Purbeck School works with a STEM engineering ambassador who facilitates an engineering club and also conducts mock interviews.


The Purbeck School has excellent relationships with local volunteers that have the appropriate expertise to assist our most able students.  The higher and advanced performance coordinator ensures that these volunteers are all CRB checked.

The co-ordinator for higher and advanced performance pupils is responsible for monitoring the appropriateness of the provision for higher and advanced performance students and for maintaining these relationships.