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Careers Programme

We aim to provide excellent careers provision for all, inspiring students to aim high with aspirational career goals, to foster a love of learning and respect which will help them to flourish as they begin their career journey into the world of work.

Our Careers Leader, Jo Knight supported by Claire McGrath (SLT) are available daily for any advice and guidance and can be found in the Careers Office in the Sixth Form Centre, or contacted via / 01279 654901 ext 258

We support all pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers to help our pupils develop high aspirations and understand where their choices can take them in the future.

Our Careers Library is situated in the O’Brien library and is available to all students at St Mary’s.

We have dedicated careers information, advice & guidance that is delivered in three categories:

  • Universal: all pupils develop their careers knowledge and skills through assemblies, dedicated Careers PSHEE lessons and tutorial time.  External independent speakers are invited to speak to students throughout the year as well as a range of careers events.
  • Concentrated: pupils identified by Learning Co-ordinators with a need for advice will have an interview with the Careers Adviser. All students in Years 11 will be routinely offered a careers IAG meeting. Year 12 & 13 students intending to look for apprenticeships or employment are also identified and offered interviews as a priority.
  • Self-Referral: pupils and or their parent/carer may arrange an appointment to see the Careers Adviser.

Our Careers programme of events and policies can be found below. 

Information to be reviewed July 2023

“Having the careers support here at St Mary’s is a great asset as you make your way through the school. Right from the get go, you have the chance to attend careers carousels where you can start to think about your future and get the chance to speak to employers to see how you might best tailor your studies.

In addition to this, Mrs Gaulton is always on hand to have one-on-one meetings. These are a great chance to ask all of your burning questions, or even just to talk to someone about all the thoughts you are having, and to make sense of what you might want to do. Either way, you will come out of the meeting knowing the next steps to take, and what you can do to achieve your goals”

Sean Browne, Year 13