St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Year 11  Information Advice and Guidance booklet 2020 – 2021

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to ensuring that our CEIAG programmes are designed to develop pupils  skills, confidence, knowledge and understanding, in order for them to make realistic, well informed career choices for their future. We achieve this through:

  • A designated registered(CDI)  Careers  Leader(Mrs D Hancock)
  • SLT link for CEIAG (Mr M Singleton).
  • Careers Adviser who is dedicated to providing impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students on all the options available to them.
  • Reporting to SLT and Governors.
  • A dedicated online platform providing a broad range of up-to-date information and online resources on key post-16 opportunities.
  • Attendance and active engagement at the Bolton CEIAG Hub.
  • Establishing and developing links with FE Colleges, apprenticeship providers, University Technical Colleges and universities.
  • Establishing and developing links with employers.
  • Building a network of alumni
  • Evaluation through and accreditation by the Quality in Careers Standard Award.
  • Tracking and evaluation of retention and destination data

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are a key element of the strategy St Josephs are actively working towards alongside the Careers and Enterprise Company to ensure the benchmarks are in place. They are as follows:

1. A Stable Careers Programme
2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of work places
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
8. Personal Guidance

Careers Lead Contact

The Careers Lead at St Josephs RC High School is Donna Hancock.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Donna Hancock
Telephone: 01204 697456; Email:

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme(which can be found under CEIAG policy) offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parent/carers.

In addition to the careers programme the following support is also available

Careers Guidance Interview

Careers guidance interviews offer support and advice about post 16 options they can also help pupils to recognise their skills qualities and interests so that they can make well informed and realistic decisions about their future career. During the interview a Careers Action Plan is completed which contains information from the discussion and any action points that might need to be completed.

Parents are also welcome to attend the appointment should they wish to.

Lunch Time drop in 

Pupils can call into the careers office during break, lunchtime or after school, for information, advice and guidance.

Parent/School Partnership

News, information and opportunties shared through the school website and Facebook page.

Options and Careers Evenings provide opportunties to share information and engage in dialogue with parents /carers.

Leader of Careers, Head of Year and SLT  presence at parents./careers evenings

Parents/carers,  careers evening  information pack with feedback form at back

Parents/carers are welcome to attend 1-2-1 careers interview with son/daughter

Parents/carers input into work experience placements, through evaluations and discussions.

Txt messages home informing parents/carers, of  careers events

Mock Interview evening,  prepartion material for parents/carers preparing their  child for their first interview

Work experience parent/carers infiormation  pack

CEIAG Policy

The school policy for CEIAG can also be viewed in the policies section of the school website.

Policy Statement Provider Access

CEIAG Policy 19



Inspiring IAG Gold award     

Code of Practice School and College

Student Destination

Activity Survey 2017 

Activity Survey 2018

Activity Survey 2019

Activity Survey (NEET Report) 2018

Useful Information

 All pupils are invited to attend  college transition days. These days are  organised through our local colleges in the summer term of Year 10. Pupils will ‘sample’ different subject areas and learn about the different courses and facilities the colleges has to offer. These  invaluable days  help pupils  to explore their options and prompts the start of the decision making process about which subjects they may wish to pursue post 16.

Having a clear understanding of their predicted grades at this time enables them to explore the entry requirements for the different courses and make sure they understand in advance, the expectations of them by the end of Year 11.

Thinking about your future and the career path you are going to choose is one of the most important decisions you will probably ever make.  You spend the majority of your life in your place of work, so choosing the right qualifications and training is vital.  In order to assist you to start to make those decisions you can see

Mrs Hancock Registered Careers Lead

01204 697456 ex 107

Mrs Hancock is based in the English block on the ground floor (just off the school hall).

  • To arrange an appointment for careers guidance, speak to your head of year, form tutor or alternatively ask Mrs Hancock to arrange one for you.
  • Career Plans and Ideas;options choices;apprenticeships and training
  • Support pupils in choosing educational pathways that suit their interests and abilities
  • Help pupils  follow appropriate career paths
  • To promote high aspirations and expectations in all our pupils, encourage participation in continued learning, higher education and apprenticeships;


Subject links


History is vital for today and tomorrow _ THE Opinion

What to do with a degree in history _ Money _ The Guardian


What can I do with a Geography degree_

Department of Geography _ Career Outcomes for Our Graduates – Durham University


Job options for science graduates _ TARGETjobs

STEM careers toolkit_ secondary STEM careers toolkit _ STEM


STEM Crew _ Meet the team


See Where They Can Take You _ STEM


What to do with a degree in modern languages _ Money _ The Guardian

Language graduates_ what jobs are they doing now_ _ Education _ The Guardian


Work Life_ Meekyoung Shin, Artist _ Stylist

Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs for Arts Majors – Best Colleges Online


Danielle – Quality Technician – Future Morph

Danielle – Quality Technician – Future Morph


Theology and Religious Studies skills that employers value – Careers Service _ Cambridge University


English tripos and your career – Careers Service _ Cambridge University

Career opportunities for English graduates – University of Warwick

Why studying English is great for your career _ The University of Sunderland


Music graduates are more employable than you might think _ Education _ The Guardian


St Joseph’s actively encourages employers to get involved with our Careers Programme. If you would like to find out more information on how you can get involved with the school, please contact  Donna Hancock Careers Leader at

Year 11  Mock Interviews – October 2019 6.15 – 8.30 pm

All year 11’s will take part in a mock Interviewin October 2019. They will  produce a CV and an application form to hand in to their interviewer. Please see attached letter

Please see the sample CV, blank application form, which pupils may  find helpful

The CV

Letterhead to Parents

Careers Evening September 2019


Sign onto progress login

Students will be  provided with their own unique logins and passwords in the Autumn  term of Year 11, after returning from summer break. This will enable them to access their personal accounts and keep their profiles updates regularly. This will help them meet the deadlines set to submit applications by December of Year 11.

Additional support to complete their UCAS Progress profiles will be provided through assembly time and tutorial time if needed.

Students should seek advice BEFORE submitting their final UCAS  applications.  Support is available from CAREERS….ground floor, English block(just off school hall)

Letters will be sent to all parents in year 11 during the Autumn term to keep you informed about the transition process and to explain the support available to students throughout their final year.

Students are advised to visit open evening for all the establishments with whom they have an interest in studying with at the end of year 11.

Dates of all open evenings can be viewed in the pupils Information advice and guidance booklet


Mrs Hancock  is available in the Careers Office (ground floor, English block)for all students to access support & guidance.

Please note: Lesson times are only for pre-booked interviews/appointments.

Please feel free to call in at the times shown below.

Opening times:                   Monday- Friday 

Before School:                     8.00 – 8.30am

Break:                                   10.45 – 11am

Lunch:                                  1.30 – 1.45pm

After school:                        2.45 – 4pm

  • Careers 1:1 Interviews (sign up in careers and we will book a suitable time)
  • General information and advice about any Careers you would like to explore.
  • Options available to you Post 16
  • Support or guidance with searching for courses, apprenticeships and training providers
  • Help with  UCAS applications process/ profile
  • Help or guidance on CV writing

Careers Resources

 Please see below  a list of  career resource links to a range of excellent careers websites and resources which you can  access.


Please see Mrs Hancock  in careers(ground floor English block) for the School license codes to access Kudos.

Please view  information video to guide you through Kudos


Please feel free to contact Mrs Hancock, Careers Lead if you require any

  • Information, advice or guidance.
  • Queries about up and coming  career events
  • Your son/daughters career aspirations
  • Post 16 progression
  • Provide feedback on any careers event


Career Choices

Local Government Jobs:

Academic Careers Vacancies:

Appointments for Teachers:

Appointments for Teachers:

Healthcare Jobs:

British Veterinary Association:


Institute of Plumbing:

Industry Training Board:

Institute of Civil Engineers:


All the information is available through the BAE Website

Jobs and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships Archives _ Babington

Hire An Apprentice – Apprenticeships can help your business grow, offering tailored and cost-effective training for new and current staff

Further Education (FE) Courses at College or 6th form;

Higher Education (HE) Courses at University;

Careers & Personal Development Portal – University

Volunteering opportunities;

Information, Advice and Guidance on all 14-19 Learning Options.

Please click here to visit the My Course My Future in Bolton website, a really useful website which contains lots of information and guidance about your future after St Joseph’s.

Please click on the links below




Money Matters

Careerometer _ Ideas 4 Careers

Apprenticeship Vacancies – Damar Training

LMI For All


AFC Harrogate – British Army

Hospitality Guild – Hospitality Jobs, Careers and Training-Information and career tools aimed at raising awareness about careers in the hospitality sector.

Success at School_ Careers advice for schools and students -Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19

Home – Future Morph-All about Sceince and Maths

Stem Careers – Information on Science and Engineering Careers

STEM Ambassadors _ STEM

School Leaver Jobs _ AllAboutSchoolLeavers

Local University Websites:


Home – GM Higher

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service:

University of Central Lancashire:

Lancaster University:

University of Liverpool:

Liverpool John Moores University:

Liverpool Hope College:

Edge Hill College:

The Liverpool Institute for PerformingArts:

The University of Manchester:

The Manchester Metropolitan University:

The Russell Group’s 24 members are world-class, research-intensive universities. They are unique institutions, each with their own history and ethos, but they share some distinguishing characteristics.

Russell Group _ Our universities