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Mrs Matthews is our Lead Teacher for Careers and Aspirations.
Email:  | Tel: 01772 716912

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.

Gatsby Benchmarks

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.

Careers Programme

Our careers programme’s effectiveness is continuously reviewed throughout the academic year by our Lead Teacher for Careers and Aspirations Mrs Matthews, with the collaboration of 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.

Information for Pupils

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:

  • Careers assemblies
  • Career focused workshops (delivered by a variety of outside agencies)
  • Career guidance appointments
  • Workplace experience
  • College visits
  • Careers fairs (employers, apprenticeships, colleges and universities)
  • Mock interviews (with colleges and employers)
  • Career sessions in CPSHE
  • Career focused activities on Extended Learning Days

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 explore study pathways, find courses, discover 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

How To Apply | Myerscough College

Work Experience

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:

  • Education – nursery, primary and secondary
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Cafe and restaurant
  • Civil service
  • Construction
  • Automotive

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 (

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.

Information for Parents

Future U Data Collection Privacy Policy

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

Further Education at Myerscough College

Health and Wellbeing – LAL – Lancashire Adult Learning

Information for Employers

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

Our Provider Access Policy

Post-16 Options

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 |

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Corpus Christi Catholic High School
St. Vincent’s Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8QY
Telephone: 01772 716912 Fax: 01772 718779 Email: