Careers: building futures at Saint Paul’s

At Saint Paul’s Catholic High School we work hard to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future. We do this through a programme of activities which will help you to choose the 14-19 pathways best suited to your individual aspirations and by developing the skills which will enable you to manage a lifelong career.

We provide a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students (Years 8-11).

Saint Paul’s has a comprehensive Careers policy which can be found in our policies section here

Our Team

Saint Paul’s Designated Careers Lead – Ms Hitchen – email s.hitchen@st-paulshigh.net

Saint Paul’s Careers Adviser – Mrs Walton, Our Futures – email s.walton@st-paulshigh.net

Personal Careers Advice and Guidance

Careers Guidance Service in school is supported by Our Futures by a qualified and experienced Careers Adviser. Sue arranges appointments with Years 8 (as required), 10’s and 11’s and however all students are welcome to meet with Sue. The appointments are imperiative for students to recognise and articulate their skills for employability and futther education. They are also encouraged to consider many pathways that are available to them in order to achieve their individual career goals.

Our Careers Adviser works closely with our Careers Lead, Heads of Year, the SEN team, subject teachers and parents/carers. Our Careers Adviser is more than happy to email, speak on the phone or meet with parents/carers to discuss any queries.

Please clink the link below to view our “Believe” Careers Curriculum 2019-20:

The Believe Curriculum 2019-2020

Where to find us

Our Careers Centre can be found within the LRC on the first floor.

The Career Adviser works in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays meeting Year 10s and 11 for 1-2-1 Careers Guidance appointments. During the appointment students work with the Careers Adviser and agree ‘actions’ to do at home, to progress their careers ideas and these are written up in an individual ‘Careers Action Plan’. Additionally ‘Lunch time Drop in’s on Wednesdays are a change to discuss any queries. 

Year 8 Options Choices

Students are supported throughout the options process through assemblies, talks, option evenings, and option booklets. All Year 8 students are invited at the start of the year to an Expectations Evening where they are provided with further information about future options. Here students and parents can access guidance from Our Futures and university guidance.

Futures Fortnight

A careers fair is held every year at school where students are able to talk to local employers, colleges, training and apprenticeship providers. Every year, to celebrate National Careers Week we hold a series of events for each year group to increase aspirations through meeting employers, appreticeship providers and FE colleges.

Careers Resources:

National Careers Service – A government website with 800 Job Profiles – Click Here

Looking around ‘Job families’ widens awareness of jobs related to the career or subjects that interest you. For example if PE teacher interests you look around the job profiles in Sport, Leisure and Tourism – are Sports Development Office, Sports and Exercise Psychologist jobs you’d heard of before?

Careersbox – The national online careers film and video library. Real people, real jobs to help young people, students, teachers, career professionals, influencers.- Click Here

Future Morph – Website to promote careers in STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. There ‘skills gaps’ (lots of jobs available) in many job areas where these subjects are essential. If your academic talent and passion is with STEM subjects, let your curiosity explore careers and activities on this website. Click Here

Lots of information on the 100s of careers in NHS – both clinical and business related is available Here

Icloud- Is a website featuring a fun personality quiz matches your personality and outlook on life against different potential job areas / professions. Click Here

University – Looking ahead to the choice of University degrees, what’s involved and entry requirements (which A levels, are BTECs accepted) is very useful for many year 11s as they make post 16 choices.

UCAS – course search: all university degrees are applied to through UCAS and it provides an excellent research tool. Universities are more than happy to speak to year 10s and 11s about A level and BTEC choices and often speaking to someone can get a lot more information than reading ‘Entry Requirements’ on athe website. http://search.ucas.com

The Russell Group is made up of the most prestigious and competitive Universities in the UK. They have written a comprehensive guide about A level choices. Pupils predicted grades A and B at GCSE would find this most relevant. Click Here

Careersbox – the national online careers film and video library. Real people, real jobs to help young people, students, teachers, career professionals, influencers. Click Here

Future Moroph – Government website to promote careers using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. There ‘skills gaps’ or lots of jobs available in many job areas where these subjects are essential. If your academic talent and passion is with STEM subjects, let your curiosity explore careers and activities on this website. Click Here

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