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NHS Careers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011/12 Step into the NHS schools’ competition.

Thursday 26th April 2012

Laura Knowles and Georgia Mills from Nottingham Girls' High School looked at the role of a paediatrician, and Jess Robinson, Andy O'Brien, Hollie Hannah and Jess Smith from Ian Ramsey C of E School in Stockton-on-Tees chose midwifery.

Students in Years 8 and 9 were tasked with creating a job advertisement for one of the 350 careers in the NHS, plus either a job description for their chosen role or a CV of the ideal candidate.

The four students from Ian Ramsey School impressed judges with their understanding of midwifery and creativity shown in their job advert which used a milk bottle to promote the role as a career choice for young people. The two students from Nottingham Girls’ High School produced an imaginative video advert that demonstrated an excellent understanding of what the role of a paediatrician entails.

The six winning students, all in year 9, were selected from over 1,250 students nationwide that entered the competition, and have each won the top national prize of netbook computers.

Regional winning entries

In addition to the national winners, students at the following schools were selected as regional winners from each NHS region in England. Each regional winning student will receive an Amazon voucher to recognise their outstanding entries.



Job role 

East Midlands

Nottingham Girls' High School 


East of England

The Grays School Media Arts College 

Music therapist 


South Hampstead High School 


North East

Ian Ramsey C of E School 

Midwife and neurosurgeon 

North West 

Fairfield High School for Girls 

Clinical cytogeneticist

South Central 

Leon School and Sports College 


South East Coast 

Bexley Grammar School 


South West 

Five Islands School 

Children's nurse 

West Midlands 

Hillcrest School 

Drama therapist 

Yorkshire & the Humber

Hymers College 

Drama therapist 

Supporting the non-statutory framework for careers education, with strong links to the curricula for PSHE, citizenship and English, the competition encourages students in Years 8 and 9 consider the NHS as a career choice, develop their job-seeking skills and make more informed decisions about their important GCSE and diploma options.


For more information about this year’s competition, visit

To register your interest in next year’s competition which launches in September 2012, please email


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