Mrs Matthews is our Lead for Careers and Aspirations.
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Our vision is for a comprehensive and supportive careers programme which is appropriate for every pupil, no matter their chosen career or vocation. We ensure that all pupils are provided with the information and skills to make informed choices about which pathways best suit their academic and aspirational needs, and are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment or training.
They are motivated to reach their full potential and pursue rewarding, fulfilling and aspirational careers. This vision is enshrined in our Careers Policy.
The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman. They define what world class careers provision in education looks like and provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at Corpus Christi Catholic High School.
The benchmarks are enshrined in statutory guidance, and we are proud to be one of the few schools across the country to have achieved all eight benchmarks in our school for the last three years.
Our Career programme’s effectiveness is continuously reviewed throughout the academic year by our Lead Teacher for Careers and Aspirations Mrs Matthews, with the collaboration of our school’s Senior Leadership Team and in particular Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum), Mr Warham.
“Leaders have acted to improve the quality of careers information, education, advice and guidance for pupils. For the last two years, the proportion of pupils moving on to further education, employment or training has been in line with or above the national average”.Ofsted 2019
Please click on one of the options below for further information and guidance.
Pupils can see our careers advisor Mrs Creeley or our Lead Teacher for Careers and Aspirations, Mrs Matthews if they have any questions or require any advice on career related matters.
Our careers programme includes:
Start is a digital careers platform with information, advice and tools to help pupils explore and plan for their future. Pupils can use Start to find study pathways, find courses, explore industries and much more.
Labour Market Information
The careerometer tool enables you to search for Labour Market Information.
Post 16 – Applications
Applications are open all year, however it is recommended by our local colleges that you apply before the end of January of the year you leave school. This is to make sure you get an interview and an offer on the course that you want as they fill up quickly.
What you will need – your personal information (including postcode, phone number and email address), predicted grades 15 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time.
Online Application – Preston College
Apply Online – Cardinal Newman College
How To Apply — Runshaw College
During the second half of Year 10, all pupils are given the opportunity to spend a week gaining experience in the workplace. Pupils are expected to organise their own placement, although a very limited number of placements are available through school for pupils who can demonstrate that they have made every effort to get a placement in their chosen field.
Our pupils are able to obtain placements in a number of different areas, including:
For further information about Work Experience, please contact Mrs Matthews, Lead for Careers and Aspirations
Work Experience Placement Opportunities
There are a limited number of placements available in the NHS. For further details, please follow the link below.
Work Experience – The Health Academy (lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk)
The next application window for work experience opportunities opens on 9:00am on Tuesday, 2nd May 2023 and will close promptly at midnight on Wednesday, 31st May 2023.
Parent and Carer Upskilling
The following institutions have a range of courses which parents and carers may find useful, both in terms of upskilling themselves but also equipping themselves with the skills to support their children even better with their studies.
Adult Courses at Preston College
University Courses at Cardinal Newman College
Courses for Adult Learners at Runshaw College
As part of the Baker Clause we welcome education and training providers to work with us. If you are a provider/employer and would like to offer apprenticeships, information and guidance or work experience placements please contact Mrs Matthews, Lead Teacher for Careers and Aspirations.
The Baker Clause Provision Statement
What are A Levels?
Understand what A-levels are & what you can do with them (ucas.com)
Cardinal Newman have provided a number of videos on the subjects they offer at A Level, Subject Information Videos – YouTube
What are T Levels?
T Levels | The Next Level Qualification
What are T Levels – YouTube
What are BTECS?
What is a BTEC diploma? – Nationals, Firsts & Apprenticeships (ucas.com)
BTEC Works 2020 – What is a BTEC? – YouTube
What are apprenticeships?
What is an apprenticeship? (apprenticeships.gov.uk)
What is an apprenticeship? – YouTube
How to find a local apprenticeships
Find an apprenticeship in Preston using the Government UK website:
Current Apprenticeship Available in Preston (+5 miles)
UK’s Leading Career, Recruitment & Educational Specialist How2Become have provided our library with a number of books on a variety of career pathways. Please see Mrs Wilson in the library for further information and help.
National Careers Service – Post 16 options | National Careers Service
Prospects – Post-16 career choices | Prospects.ac.uk