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Careers Programme Information


Provider Access Policy Statement

This policy sets out the schools arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the schools legal obligations under section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Pilling AHT and Careers Lead

School Switch Board: 01772 421909


A number of events, integrated into the school Careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

The annual Careers Fair in November gives all providers a platform for this. Please contact the Mrs Pilling if you have not received a formal invitation to this event (June – September are when invites go out) and you would like to attend.



Carreers Advice for Parents:

National Careers Service:

Start Better Choices:

Labour Market Information by Region:

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Careers Inspiration and Guidance

‘Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain… All children should receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions’.

Department for Education, 2017

At St Mary’s we take our statutory responsibility for delivering high quality impartial Careers Inspiration and Guidance very seriously, and we are proud of the effective provision we have developed and are continuing to develop. To strive for the very best provision possible, we are constantly monitoring and evaluating the activities taking place in school, receiving formal feedback from pupils, parents/carers and all employers and training providers engaged in the activities.

Year 11 Programme

Runshaw College Assembly                      18/9

‘My Future’ Super Learning Day                19/9

Cardinal Newman College Assembly          16/10

Preston’s College Assembly                      13/11

Careers Fair                                            14/11, 4-6.30pm

Post 16 Information Drop in Sessions:

Runshaw Colleg                                       23/10 & 20/11

Cardinal Newman College                         24/10 & 21/11

Preston’s College                                     25/10 & 22/11

North Lancs. Training Group                     26/10 & 23/11

Myerscough College                                 27/10 24/11

All 1.15pm – 2pm in the LRC

Cardinal Newman College Application Support              21/11 3-4pm

Impartial CI&G Speed Meet (identified group of pupils) 4/12 2-3pm

Runshaw College Application Support                          4/12 3-4pm


Interview Tips and Techniques Session      15/1 3-4pm

Runshaw College Interviews                     28/2 9-1.30pm

Preston’s College Interviews                     1/3 9–1.30pm

Cardinal Newman College Interviews         W/b 5/2. Arranged directly with pupils and held at CNC

Year 10 Programme

Careers Fair                                             14/11, 4-6.30pm

Interview Tips and Techniques Session       15/1 3pm – 4pm

Mock Interviews                                       26/1, 9am –1.15pm

‘My Future’ Super Learning Day                 27/2, 9am – 3pm

Cardinal Newman Taster Day Assembly      24/4

Runshaw College Taster Day Assembly       1/5

Runshaw College Taster Day                      28/6

Cardinal Newman College Taster Day          4/7

Year 9 Programme

Careers Fair                                             14/11, 4 - 6.30pm

Options Evening and Subject Fair               17/1, 6 – 7.30pm Colleges and Training Providers attending

‘My Future’ Super Learning Day                  28/6

Year 7 and 8 (Non statutory)

Enterprise/Economic Understanding delivery within the PSHCEE curriculum.

Extra-curricular activities and visits

Over the course of the programme, pupils will benefit from the opportunity to visit Runshaw College, Cardinal Newman College, the University of Central Lancashire and the event in Liverpool. In addition, gifted and talented careers activity days take place at various institutions and are led by all departments across school. Equally, off site motivational activity days are being organised this year, for all levels of learners.


We enjoy the luxury of a dedicated careers library in the heart of the school. Pupils can find a plethora of prospectuses, posters, leaflets and booklets which they may take away. Our programme is delivered in the Learning Resource Centre, the Drama Theatre and various classrooms. We also enjoy a wide range of resources including job dictionaries and computers.