Careers information for parents

Through our whole-school and Sixth Form careers guidance approach we aim to:

  • increase our students’ awareness of themselves and others
  • introduce and develop an awareness of the world of work leading to economic wellbeing
  • explore strategies in making choices and decisions
  • raise awareness of opportunities in employment, training and further/higher education.

Throughout school and Sixth Form students use START, a web-based careers platform.  START allows students to research careers, employers and future study options.  It is an invaluable careers platform for mapping out career routes and finding apprenticeships and job opportunities they are interested in.  START is available from any digital device.  Parents can explore START for free, without registering an account.  Explore START here and watch the video in the parents section to gain a better understanding of the platform and tips on how you can support your child’s career path.   

We also hold Working Lunches where we invite organisations from all business and education sectors in to speak to students so they learn about the opportunities out there and routes to access them.  These are available to students in all years.

Careers guidance overview by year group:

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Our careers programme is evaluated against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  Here are our current results which shows our strengths and areas for improvement.  Watch a video to find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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Here are some useful resources you could look at for more information to support your child in their education and careers journey:

Year 9 Options booklet 2022-24

Sixth Form curriculum booklet 

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) programme – a way of getting virtual work experience with employers all over the country, not just limited to Cumbria and Lancashire.  

Help to advise on the future of work and the changes that will affect careers with the Future of Work Guide.


BBC Bitesize – careers

U-Explore – a digital platform to support young people’s careers guidance

Find an apprenticeship

Become an apprenticeship

Understanding apprenticeships

Local colleges: Kendal College, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Myerscough College.

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015395 65165