Careers at Exeter Maths School

Our philosophy

Many people struggle for years to find a career that fits, the issue is that there rarely is one career that is quintessentially “you”.  You could be very happy in many areas of work. Take comfort in the fact that you will evolve into your career, don’t fret that you have to get it right from the off. Following the paths which really enthuse you will lead you to the “right” career.

You also need to bear in mind that many our students will find the career that fits best does not exist yet!  So we think it’s most important and appropriate that we equip students to be flexible and innovative – not only just to fit in with the labour and skills market as it stands but to support innovation and new industries of their own devising.

Our curriculum does just that and our careers guidance doesn’t sit alone – provision is interwoven throughout our courses. From industry placements within the Exeter Mathematics Certificate (EMC) to developing problem solving for university entrance tests through regular exposure to stimulating problems, we do what we do with one eye firmly on our students’ next steps.

Our careers guidance, which begins before students join the school, naturally has a STEM focus. Almost all of our students continue onto higher education, either immediately, or following a Gap Year (Please see our results page for the latest destinations information).

Our advice, however, is not all about university progression – it is focused on enabling students to continue to do what they enjoy, wherever that takes them. In addition to the more academic institutions, we have successfully supported students moving on to accountancy, degree apprenticeships, the armed services, and those few who have chosen to take gap-years or enter the world of work immediately.

This page provides an overview of our careers programme and is due to be updated in February 2023.

Reviewing the impact of our provision

Our careers programme is in place to support student to make the best decisions for them and to ensure they have the opportunity to develop the skills they need for their chosen career(s).  As a relatively new school we have limited information on which to judge our overall effectiveness (our first cohort of students are currently in their third year at University).  We therefore currently review our programme based on the following:

Destinations of students leaving EMS

Feedback from parents and students

Informal feedback from the employers that engage with our students

Our most recent destination data can be seen on the Ofsted and Results page of this website.

In the future we will also track whether our alumni complete their chosen training or education and their onward employment destinations.

A good place to start researching possible careers paths is online, here’s a few websites to get you started:


Exploring Your Options – full of interesting articles – try searching the careers profile to get some inspiration – if you love maths but have no clue what you can do with it, this is probably the best place to start. – Information on STEM careers – My Future Finder is a useful tool to discover the wide ranging STEM careers in all walks of life.


Heading to University – a thorough and up-to-date guide to university admissions. – a guide to universities – includes a useful budget calculator. – a guide to universities that shows ranking by student satisfaction and graduate prospects. – a calendar of univeristy open days


Study Abroad – a guide to American universities including the application process – a guide to applying to universities in Europe.


Alternatives to University – Information on alternatives to university, including apprenticeships. – Sign up for apprenticeships here

Further information is available from the school’s Careers Leader, Liam Cantle: , 01392 429020.

The latest Provider Access Policy, setting out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school, can be found at the following link – Provider Access Policy

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