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Careers Department 

  • Ms. M Keogh - Careers Leader, Assistant Head . Departmental Link
  • Mrs V Connell - Careers Adviser
  • Miss F Arnott - LA Careers Advisor [SEND]
  • Nicola Bryant - Post 16 Engagement
  • Ms C Alsbury - Partnership Director MHSC Academy 


Contact details:

Mrs V Connell       Tel (01482) 851136



Careers Programme

St Mary’s College is committed to providing all students in Years 7-13 with a programme of activities and supporting activities. This is be guided by the Gatsby Benchmarks for ensuring best practice.

The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of approaches and methods, including PSHCE in Years 7 to 11 and through assemblies, presentations, employer visits, work experience, seminars, work-related and university workshops and 1:1 sessions from Year 8 to 13.

Additionally, several special events are organised such as the annual careers fair, STEM sessions, UCAS information evening and Student Finance presentations for students and parents/carers.

The Programme

Key Stage 3

  1. The College has a Transition Week in July for year 6-7 transfer. The aim is to ensure that each new student is fully aware and prepared for learning in KS3.
  2. The pastoral curriculum in Year 7-9 covers economic wellbeing, active citizenship and develops enterprise and entrepreneurship. A particular example of this is through mini-enterprise in Year 8.
  3. The PSE and extended Pastoral programme for Year 8 is designed to support them in making informed GCSE option choices and develop employability skills.

Key Stage 4

  1. One-to-one careers interviews and discussions with the school Careers Advisor in Years 10 and 11 informs individual Careers Plans. Each student, their tutor, parents and their Head of Year have access to the plan.
  2. Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of subjects. Students are giving advice and guidance about what to participate in e.g. ‘The Enterprise Challenge’.
  3. A number of students every year will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  4. Students in Year 10 undertake Work Experience. This involves work experience preparation and Health and Safety workshops.
  5. The options programme for Year 11 supports their post-16 choices.
  6. The pastoral curriculum in Year 10-11 covers economic wellbeing, active citizenship and charity fundraising, employability skills alongside personal wellbeing and mental health support.
  7. Potential NEETS are given additional support and a bespoke intervention plan in order to ensure that they progress onto a suitable and purposeful route post 16
  8. There is a series of open evening throughout the year to help students to explore, choose and focus on the next stage In their learning pathway.


Key Stage 5

There is a range of support for university applicants through:

  1. Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to visit university open days, masterclasses, taster courses and summer schools at a variety of universities, to develop their application profile.
  2. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) helps develop invaluable research and independent learning skills which are central to higher education.
  3. There is a dedicated team to support students with the UCAS process. Each student will have support tailored to their application from a subject advisor, their form tutor and the Sixth Form team.
  4. Interview preparation, practice and workshops are offered by the Sixth Form Team and Careers Team
  5. There is preparation for and support with aptitude and pre-admissions test.
  6. The pastoral curriculum for Years 12-13 includes lessons on life at university, including on finances.
  7. Charity fundraising and enterprise activities are encouraged that develop student’s entrepreneurial skills.
  8. Sixth Form students are encouraged to undertake volunteering and work experience to support their university applications.
  9. A range of opportunities are advertised throughout the academic year, as appropriate to specific students.
  10. For those not going to university, we will:
  11. Interview students and put together a support package of employer links, advertisements, current information and application writing
  12. Provide students with the means to attend external careers fairs, job fairs and other college courses.


Useful Websites
Below is a sample list of websites where you will find useful information.

Careers Information.


Further and Higher Education

Year 11-13 Apprenticeship Links.





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