Inspiring Futures run a series of gap, careers, travel, volunteering and skills development fairs in partnership with host schools across the country.

About the Fairs

Our School Leaver and Gap fairs are attended by a variety of companies offering anything from skills courses, such as learning to sail, employer apprenticeship/Internship programmes, acquiring business skills or preparing for medical schools, to volunteering and travel experiences such as marine conservation projects in Fiji, or teaching orphaned children in South America.

We also offer the opportunity for employers to attend our fairs to promote their school leaver/graduate/apprenticeship/degree apprenticeship programmes to our schools. These companies have included DHL, Jaguar Landover, Lloyds Bank and Savills to name just a few.

What to expect

On arrival, all exhibitors will be provided with a stand and two chairs. Your company logo will be included in the fair’s programme, as well as uploaded to our website for schools to view in advance.

Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in providing an advert in our official 2019 School Leaver and Gap Fair booklet, please email for full artwork spec, print deadlines and costings.

Our full list of 2019 fairs will be announced in September 2018.

Hampton School

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
11:55 - 14:00
Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HD
More info

Hampton School Employment Opportunities and Gap Year fair is an annual fair aimed at students from year ten to upper sixth who are high achieving, motivated and driven. Attendance is compulsory for upper sixth students, of whom there are approximately 200, and pupils from other year groups and nearby schools are encouraged to attend.

When Hampton pupils choose to take gap years, they are particularly interested in travelling abroad, sports and physical activities. They will enjoy gap year schemes which allow them to pursue these passions.


Leighton Park School

Thursday, September 20, 2018
15:30 - 17:30
Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED
More info

A gap year isn’t about taking a year-long holiday. It’s what you do with that time that counts. For Leighton Park students, taking a Gap year will help them to develop further their communication skills, confidence and initiative. It’s a chance to may be do some work experience or volunteering, learn new things and experience life as you have never done before.

The school are expecting over 300 students to attend this fair.

This fair is open to Gap Providers only


Aldenham School

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
18:00 - 20:00
Hertfordshire, WD6 3AJ
More info

Aldenham School is a co-educational, independent School for pupils aged 11 – 18, located in the village of Aldenham, Hertfordshire. It is just 13 miles from the city centre, yet set in 110 acres of glorious countryside, providing a spectacular environment in which to live and learn.

The Aldenham Careers Fair this September will be attended by both the lower and upper sixth students and their parents. Students from the same year group from local partner schools will also be invited.

The main objective is to inform Year 12 and 13 students and parents about the different work opportunities in various companies and the pathway into that career.

This fair is open to mainly Employers and a few Gap Organisations


Sidcot School

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
16:00 - 18:00
Oakridge Ln, Winscombe, BS25 1PD
More info

Around 25% of Sidcot's sixth form students are from the EU, China, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Both their UK and non-UK students have a strong sense of internationalism and for this reason, many naturally consider a gap year as a way of broadening their experience and outlook. For a number of reasons, there is increasing interest in deferred university entry with a view to taking a gap year.

This is the first time the school has offered a Gap Year Fair and they expect there to be considerable interest. Invitations will be extended to all Year 11-13 students (200+), their parents as well as two local schools.


Forest School

Thursday, January 24, 2019
14:00 - 17:00
Forest School, London E17 3PY
More info

Forest School is an independent school on the edge of Epping Forest, in Snaresbrook in northeast London. The exhibition fair-style event is timed for when Year 11 start to make A Level subject choices and Year 12 make University choices. We know many of Forest School’s pupils make their initial plans on the back of this Fair. For exhibitors numbers are assured: the 486 Forest pupils will be joined by over 350 Year 10 pupils from local schools.

The Fair, which is now in its eighth year, follows a formula that has been refined by feedback from parents and pupils. The exhibition fair-style event is timed for when Year 11 start to make A Level subject choices and Year 12 make University choices. We know many of our pupils make their initial plans on the back of this Fair.

All pupils receive an introductory briefing to help them make the most of this opportunity.

We also encourage Forest parents to attend and Year 13 pupils are encouraged to drop in. The venue is spacious with everyone accommodated in the one hall which also has a balcony where exhibitor refreshments are provided.

Spaces are limited so an early response would be much appreciated. Exhibitor application deadline is Friday 21st December 2018.

This fair is open to Gap Organisations and Employers.

For schools:

If you would like to run a School Leaver & Gap Fair in your school, please contact

For employers and exhibitors:

If you would like to exhibit at one of our School Leaver & Gap Fairs, please download our booking form on the top right hand corner. Once completed please send to