Our aim at St. Paul’s is to ensure that every student is inspired and motivated by good quality, up-to-date information, advice and guidance from a range of sources on a range of different career and vocation pathways. Students leave St. Paul’s well prepared for life in the work place through the wide ranging opportunities that we offer; employer talks and visits from a range of different career fields; employability skills training; mock University and workplace interviews; CV writing workshops; career focussed weeks and much, much more. One of the aspects of careers teaching at St. Paul’s that we are particularly proud of, is the inclusion of careers guidance within taught lessons. As well as having a dedicated careers team, subject teachers also teach students about the range of career choices and vocations which are attached to their particular subject area.

We feel that our careers programme is successful because it is embedded within lessons, making careers teaching an integral part of our curriculum at St. Paul’s.

At St. Paul’s we are committed to implementing the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks across Years 7 to 13, the benchmarks for which are outlined below:

  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 workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance

For further information and a comprehensive overview of each of The Gatsby Benchmarks, please see:

Local Labour Market Information for Parents and Students

Every year at St. Paul’s offers a different journey in relation to supporting our students to realise their potential and unique vocation but Year 8, Year 11 and Year 13 are considered as years of transition for students as they are the years where students make important choices for the next steps in either education, training, apprenticeships or employment.  To make an informed decision it is essential for students to understand what opportunities and options are available to them; there are a number of alternative curriculums outside the ‘traditional’ GCSE and A Level routes, which is why we work hard to ensure that all students are supported. This support is provided to students through one to one careers interviews, a focus in PSHE on options and different routes of study, open days, careers fairs, taster days and a range of other opportunities which all help students to make informed choices.

Post 16 applications

In November of Year11, students will be applying for their post 16 provider for a place. This is an important time for Year 11 and they will be given lots of support, advice and guidance to help them to make informed choices from Year 10 onwards regarding apprenticeships, A Levels, T Levels, B-TEC qualifications and employment.  

For more information about these qualifications, please click on the links below.

Post 18 applications

In November of year 13, students will be applying to their post 18 providers using the UCAS system. This is an important time for Year 13 students and we provide support and help with personal statement writing; CV writing workshops; interview preparation; support with open days; higher education fayres; progression events and we also offer guidance around the range of different courses and universities.  

Next steps for our careers team at St. Paul’s

We are looking to build an alumni of people from a range of business related backgrounds to inspire our students and provide them with some real life experiences of a variety of professions.

We have many ways that you can get involved and we would really love to hear from you. If you can offer any direct support for the school as a business mentor or if you’re interested in coming into the school to inspire the St Paul’s students of today with your experiences and achievements please do get in touch via email, listed below.

St Paul’s Careers Team
Careers Advisor – Mrs Z McDonagh
Careers administrator – Mrs T Gahir – (Monday – Wednesday)


National Careers Service

Careers Policy

St. Paul’s Provider Access Policy

Student Presentation – Careers in Years 10 and 11

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