All Saints RC School Careers

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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13


Careers Information

Students can book an appointment with the school Careers Adviser or email any Careers questions to: [email protected] - Excellent careers advice including: skills assessment, career profiles, career planners, CVs and cover letters

UCAS | At the heart of connecting people to higher education - The website for applying to go to University

Home ( - Government website to help you find the right university course. It also has a tool for comparing the universities and their courses

Apprenticeships - Guide to Apprenticeships

Careers advice - job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service - The Government Careers website

Find an apprenticeship - GOV.UK ( - Use this website to search for an Apprenticeship

Labour market overview, UK - Office for National Statistics (

Labour market information - Student home, University of York

Future Learn Course - Your Future - Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree Course - On this course learners will identify their strengths and learn how to use their time at university to explore career options and prepare for future job roles. It will help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation

Aspire resources include:

  • The Aspire Guide - a 64-page guide providing in-depth information on different career pathways, university, apprenticeships, further education, gap years and more
  • The Aspire Webinar Series - a programme of free-to-attend webinars on topics ranging from “How to Write a Great Personal Statement” to “Choosing the Right University for You”
  • The Career Video Library - a video library of professionals working across different sectors speaking about their experiences


Year 10 Work Experience 

Welcome - NYBEP Work Experience System - Providing schools with information about placement opportunities offered by employers taking part in the Work Experience Programme ( - Username and Password: AllSaintsWEX22


Management of Careers

Sarah Bilton is the Head of Business, PSHCE and Careers, and the Careers Leader, she has achieved the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership and is working towards the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development

Adele Thornhill is Assistant Subject Leader for Careers and therefore Assistant Careers Leader, she is working towards the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership

Janis Wilson is the school’s independent Careers Adviser

Leanne Wood is the Careers Administrator, she is also a School Librarian

The Careers Administrator organises all Careers appointments, and students, parents and staff can request a Careers Appointment by emailing [email protected]


The All Saints RC School Careers Policy

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

We are committed to providing Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEAIG) to all students through the curriculum, PSHCE lessons, assemblies and collapsed curriculum days, as well as through a dedicated programme of independent careers advice.

Our Careers programme aims to raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.


Student entitlement

 All students in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses


Post 16

Students are provided with a range of opportunities and strategies to enable them to develop greater knowledge and awareness of Higher/Further Education and alternative employment opportunities or options through:

  • Students are supported with their UCAS applications or plans for future study or employment by the student’s Form Tutor and this is overseen by the Head of Sixth Form
  • Students are fully supported throughout Sixth Form by their Form Tutor mentoring programme
  • Visits to Universities for Year 12 students
  • Careers Assemblies
  • the school Careers Fair
  • Publications produced by the school
  • Regular emails regarding opportunities, including Apprenticeship Fairs, talks and seminars
  • Regular emails regarding careers opportunities, including different levels of Apprenticeships including Degree Apprenticeships
  • Events and opportunities which provide information on financial budgeting, planning and access to student loans
  • Year 12 and 13 students can self-refer or be referred by a member of staff for an individual career interview with the Careers Adviser


Implementation: Staffing

All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as form tutors, teachers and subject teachers. Careers Lessons and Information are delivered through form registration, collapsed days and tutor time, all teachers deliver specialist careers sessions.

Heads of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 and Learning Leaders liaise with the Careers Leader to address needs of all students, including support from teachers and external agencies, such as the independent Careers Advisor. Careers information is available from the Head of Careers.


Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Sarah Bilton, Careers Leader, Subject Leader for Business, PSHCE and Careers. Telephone: 01904 647877; Email: [email protected]

Opportunities for access

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



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 8

Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities

Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities

Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities

Year 9

Life Skills and KS4 Options – assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

KS4 options open evening - assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Year 10

Life Skills – work experience preparation sessions  - assemblies and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Life skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities




Careers Fair - assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Year 11

Life Skills – assembly on opportunities at Post 16

Post-16 evening

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities


Post 16 Taster Day at school and at local colleges

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities


Year 12

Post-18 assembly - apprenticeships


Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Higher Education Ambassadors at school


Assemblies on  future education, training and employment options

Post-18 assembly – self employment

Careers Fair

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Year 13

Workshops – HE and higher apprenticeship applications


Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Post-18 assembly - apprenticeships

Post-18 assembly – self employment

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities



Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.


Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.


Careers Guidance

All Saints RC School strives to ensure that careers guidance treats all students as individuals and caters to their own needs and aspirations. Students with additional needs will be supported through a bespoke approach ensuring they receive personalised provision including reviews of a student’s EHCP at key transition points and the facilitation of a well-managed transition best suited to their individual needs.

All students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of careers education through the following three strands:


  • Self-Development: To enable students to understand themselves and the influences on them, to recognise their strengths, the areas they need to improve, their skills, motivations, values and personal qualities through their career journey while at All Saints RC School
  • Career Exploration: To enable students to investigate and raise their aspirations through career related learning opportunities and work experience. The aim for students is to develop a knowledge and understanding of labour market information (LMI), the influence of society, wider employment trends and the range of options and routes available to them now and in the future
  • Career Management: To enable students to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition effectively from one stage of education, training or work into the next



The Careers programme is greatly enhanced through our links with a number of partners who help us to make students’ learning ‘real’ and up to date. We aim to further expand and improve our links with employers and other local groups. This involvement includes the provision of work experience placements, work place visits, talks from business people in PSHCE education and careers lessons, enterprise days, curriculum projects linked to particular subjects and mock interview sessions.

Parents/carers are vital to students' understanding of career choices and the decisions they make. We provide all parents/guardians with up-to-date information on choices at 14+ and 16+ and arrange parents’ open evenings.


How we measure and assess the impact of the careers program on students

All Saints RC School works with the Careers and Enterprise Company, the external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the DFEs newly devised Careers Strategy.

As an education establishment we ensure we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation when planning our Careers Strategy. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks).

The Careers and Enterprise Company coordinate the Audit deadlines. This ensures the development of our career’s strategy is ongoing to ensure best practice. All Saints RC School will become a member of the York Careers Hub from September 2021. The benefits of being a Hub Member include additional funding and support.


What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are referred to everywhere in the careers world, but what are they, where have they come from and what do they mean?

The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013.  The report was commissioned by Lord Sainsbury and Sir John Holman was appointed to lead a research team to focus on international evidence for ‘what works’ in career development.  The research provides a comprehensive study of career development exploring key elements of good career development.

The report found 8 benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks’.  They are:

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team. There should be an identified and appropriately trained person responsible for it. It should be published on the school’s website and accessible to students, parents, teachers and employers. The programme should be regularly evaluated with feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers.

2. Learning from labour market information

By the age of 14, all students should have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options. Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children. An informed adviser can help them make the best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. A school’s careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations. Schools should keep systematic records of the individual advice given to each student, and subsequent agreed decisions. All students should have access to these records to support their career development. Schools should collect and retain accurate data for each students on their education, training or employment destinations for at least three years after they leave the school.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

By the age of 14, every student should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Every year, from the age of 11, students should participate in at least one meaningful encounter*with an employer. A ‘meaningful encounter’ is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace. This can be achieved through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6. Experiences of workplaces

By the age of 16, every students should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have. By the age of 18, every student should have had one further such experience, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

By the age of 16, every student should have had a meaningful encounter* with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students. By the age of 18, all students who are considering applying for university should have had at least two visits to universities to meet staff and students. A ‘meaningful encounter’ is one in which the student has an opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment.

8. Personal Guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs. Every student should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18.