Co-educational independent day school for ages 11 to 18


The careers department at Dunottar aims to:

  • Inform and support pupils in their search, evaluation and choice of post-16 and post-18 education
  • Prepare pupils’ applications for higher education routes or alternative employment routes
  • Instil confidence and pride in our pupils for their choices and ambitions for their chosen path

As a school, we pride ourselves in our efforts for getting pupils to their desired destinations. 

Support from the outset

Career research begins in Year 7 when all students use Cascaid Launchpad, an online resource tool that provides information and careers advice, encouraging pupils to think about which fields are interesting and exciting. This helps to inform their long-term subject choices at GCSE and A-Level. Throughout the academic year, Dunottar hosts a range of careers networking lunches and suppers. We welcome a range of speakers from a diverse range of fields to offer our pupils an insight into application processes, daily life of employees and the skills employers are looking for. The programme is regularly updated, visit our careers twitter page for the latest news!

Ongoing careers exploration

In Year 9, pupils take the Morrisby Profile Aspirations Test, which helps them to match their character and skills to future choices. In Year 11, pupils can choose to take the Morrisby Profile 100 minute Aptitude online assessment and questionnaire which measure a variety of elements including aptitudes, career interests, work attitudes, talents and motivations. Once the assessment is complete, students will have access to personally tailored career and education suggestions, plus a wealth of careers-related resources, all presented on a dynamic and interactive website. This is supported by individual discussions with form tutors and our Careers Adviser. Form Tutors and Heads of Section provide support with options for GCSEs, A-Levels and Higher Education choices, including Apprenticeships: we want your child to make the best choice for future success. 

Sixth Form

On entry into Year 12, pupils are assigned an academic mentor, who supports them throughout the UCAS process. All sixth formers are encouraged to gain work experience, as this supports UCAS personal statements and job applications. Alongside their A-Level subject choices, we recommend sampling at least one free Massive Online Open course (MOOC). These courses either provide a deeper understanding of the careers that students wish to pursue or showcase their interests as individuals. Whichever course they elect to study, they will stand out from the crowd.

Alumni Support Network

From delivering careers lectures to facilitating introductions and mentoring, our thriving alumni network plays a key role in careers provision. Once students leave Dunottar, they can continue to access advice and guidance from the Dunottar Society and wider network. Careers support extends beyond school days: as a school community, we take pride in helping students to their desired destinations and beyond.