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Careers Programme

Careers Education is mainly delivered as part of the Character and Culture programme, throughout the school.

In addition to this, we arrange:

  • assemblies on careers related topics
  • visits to employers and careers related events
  • a careers fair at school in the summer term
  • careers related input in each subject (particularly during National Careers Week, in March each year)
  • apprenticeship application support and workshops for Year 11s and 13s

Click here for our Careers Learning Journey, a visual representation of our careers programme.

Any questions, please contact: 

Karen Parker – Careers Leader Tel: 0151 924 6451

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Barry Thomas – Careers Adviser

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Mobile number: 07837466075

Personal Guidance

Impartial* personal career guidance discussions are routinely organised for our year 11, 12 and 13 pupils but all pupils are welcome to one or more meetings with our qualified careers adviser, Barry Thomas. Pupils in any year group can request a career guidance interview via Student Services or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Summaries are recorded on Class Charts, so you can see what has been discussed too.

*meaning we do not recommend any institution over others, but make pupils aware of all options and institutions and allow them to form their own preferences, based on factors such as travel, experience on a visit, course availability etc.

Parents/carers are also welcome to request or attend a careers interview for their son or daughter etc, by using the same email address or ringing 0151 924 6451 and speaking to anyone from Student Services.

In addition to this, our Careers Adviser is available at parents evenings' from year 9 and at the Sixth Form open evening, as well as being on hand to provide support at GCSE and A level results days.

Post-16 Options

Year 11 parents will have received a booklet on Post-16 options in September. Please click here to see it.

Since the law changed, young people have to be ‘in some form of education or training until they are 18’. This includes:

  • A sixth form
  • A full time college course
  • A part time college course
  • An apprenticeship

(What it doesn’t include is a job that doesn’t include training for any qualifications.) As a result, there are many options available for after year 11.

It is sensible to explore more than one option or institution, to work out for yourself, where is best for your son or daughter, rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions. You can help by:

  • Going to open evenings with them
  • Completing online applications with them or checking they have completed their applications
  • Taking them to any interviews
  • Asking where they are up to with plans for after year 11
  • Putting them in touch with any friends or family you have that know about the careers they are interested in

Apprenticeships are a great option but can be hard to secure. For general information on apprenticeships, have a look at this fact sheet (link to my finding apprenticeships document). You can help by:

  • Asking family and friends if they know of any apprenticeship opportunities
  • Discussing or roleplaying visiting an employer to ask about apprenticeships and also taking your son or daughter there if possible (The Yellow Pages or yell.com is a great way of finding which employers are in your area.)
  • Checking applications before they send them off
  • Taking them to interviews and discussing your experience of job interview with them

For websites, telephone number and open evening dates for local options, click here.

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