Information Advice Support and Guidance

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 




Information Advice Guidance is central to the ethos of St Mary's College. Every student receives IAG throughout their College life. Even before students commence their secondary schooling all Year 6 students take part in a programmed transition process to help them settle in more easily and aid transition from the Primary to the Secondary phase. This programme culminates in a week of various activities within St Mary’s in July before students join us in September.

Students who leave us to go on to Further or Higher Education, Employment or Training are guided onto the appropriate pathways and are encouraged to continue to  seek guidance after they have left us.

Every member of staff in St Mary’s, whether teaching or non -teaching is fully committed and involved in IAG in some form at every stage of a student’s development. This could be as a personal tutor, a learning mentor, a teaching assistant, head of year or a subject teacher. Several staff have professional experience within the framework of IAG and are supported by an independent Careers Advisor, who is in College every day and is supported by an advisor assigned to us by the LA.

The College holds a Gold Standard Award for the excellent careers, guidance and support it offers its students.


One-one careers interviews


Every student in year 10 and 11 is offered a 1-2-1 careers interview. Some students have more than one interview. Feedback is sought after each interview and a career plan is also sent home in the post.

Some students in year 8 are offered a 1-2-1 interview if they need support in choosing their options.

Mrs Connell is available at lunchtimes for ‘drop ins’, such sessions are often used to assist students in writing a CV and in preparing for work experience etc.

Visits and workshops


The College generously supports visits and trips. We engages with key stakeholders in supporting a range of experiential learning. We have a whole host of trips and visits across the subject spectrum from the Arts to Science and Mathematics [via STEM]. Activities of this sort enables learners to interact with different professions and widens their horizons. Every year 260+ pupils from year 9 attend ACE day at the University Of Hull.


Work Experience


Students in year 10 go out into the world of work for a week in July. Students are encouraged and supported to find their own placements. Students attend a series of planned preparatory sessions in College prior to going out on placement. Each student is provided with a work experience diary and receive a visit from College staff whilst out on placement. Each placement is comprehensively H+S checked to ensure that it is safe and appropriate.

There is a Careers Service office situated within the LRC, where students can access paper and computer based information resources. We have specific Careers resources and IAG computer based packages for example Fast Tomato. Learners are introduced to this via PSCHE lessons and can then use it as and when they wish during lunchtimes.

The Learning Resource Centre holds a variety of university prospectuses and careers related information.

NEETS Record [Not in Education Employment or Training]

We have an excellent [100%] track record of ensuring that none of our pupils end up NEET at 16.

The College tracks leavers to ensure that they are engaging with their planned pathway post 16.

* The Careers programme is currently under review Sept 2018

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.



Labour Market Information