Careers Programme

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils 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. Pupil entitlement- all pupils 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.

Any provider wishing to request access should contact:

Miss R Devenish, Careers coordinator, Email:


Opportunities for access to a number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Year 8

Year 8 is a decisive year as students will be choosing their GCSE subjects.  In order to support Year 8 in this decision making process, there is a dedicated day in the Autumn term to introduce pupils to a wide range of career pathways.

Pupils will have the opportunity to have encounters with employees from many different sectors such as medicine, retail, law and the charity sector. In previous years we have had Morrison’s, Martin House Hospice and Walker Morris LLP join us for the event.

 All students will also follow a careers education programme within the PSHE curriculum to explore their skills, qualities and the decision making process.


On Friday 5th April 2019, 15 year 9 and 10 pupils had the opportunity to attend a Health Sciences careers day at the University of Leeds. Pupils attended a number of workshops which gave them different insights into different careers within the NHS. Pupils were spoken to about child nursing and the importance of nutrition, sports psychology, the importance of medical ethics and even had the chance to create an impression of teeth in the dentistry labs. A great day was had by all pupils!

Enjoying the day

Enjoying the day

Teeth in the dentistry labs

Teeth in the dentistry labs

Year 10

All Year 10 students will participate in a Careers day during the summer term, which is designed to emphasise the value of work and the importance of lifelong learning. It will introduce them to a wide range of career paths, inform them on apprenticeships and develop their decision making skills.

Year 12

All students in Year 12 will be offered the opportunity to participate in work experience in the summer term. Work experience gives pupils the opportunity to gain useful practical skills and take on some useful challenges and responsibilities while working with people from all different backgrounds. It can also equip students with knowledge that will enhance their CVs or UCAS applications and help to shape future career plans.


YEAR 10, 11, 12 13

This academic year there will also be drop in sessions for years 10, 11,12 and 13 to encounter employers and employees from different sectors who will speak about their work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Our first session took place on October 19th and the speaker was Dr Walwyn, an anaesthetic consultant, who spoke to around 30 pupils about a career in medicine.

Our next session is on Friday 16th November, where we will have Plexus Law LLP speaking to pupils about a career in law and the different routes into this sector.


On the 7 March 2019 we welcomed Lindsey Bell who works for the NHS in project management. She talked about the advantages of working for the NHS for those people who do not want to be a doctor or a nurse.

Lindsey talked about the skills needed such as problem solving, but also softer skills such as creative thinking, communication, team working, researching and decision making. it was an insightful session into one of the world's largest employees.

On Thursday 21 March 2019, St. Mary's welcomed Schofield Insurance Brokers, a local business based in Yeadon. We had Alison McQuillan come to speak to pupils about the world of insurance and what a broker does. She also spoke about apprenticeships within the business and what these entailed. Some interesting insights into this career path!

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On the 6th and 7th December St Mary’s Menston was lucky enough to be a chosen school for a Creative Media Camp run in association with ITV. It was a two-day programme designed to give young people a fun learning experience and a chance for students to experience first-hand what it's like to work on a live marketing and advertising brief.

Twenty-five year 9 GCSE Media students were given the opportunity to attend the workshop and their brief was to encourage young people into taking up apprenticeships at ITV. They were mentored by two professionals at ITV who work on the set of Emmerdale.

 The winning group was chosen by the ITV mentors and will be attending the semi-finals at the Emmerdale Studio in Leeds on December 17th! Well done to all pupils for the enthusiasm they showed during the workshop and the outstanding ideas they all had!


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Penguin Books

On Thursday 10th January St Mary's Menston was extremely fortunate to have Penguin Books come visit. Katie Seaman and Mairead Loftus, representatives from Penguin Books, came from the London offices to deliver a one hour interactive workshop to A Level English students.

The workshop was attended by 22 pupils and gave them an insight into the careers available in publishing and to inform them of the opportunities available at Penguin. 

A great afternoon was had and we thank Penguin for coming all the way from London to Menston! 


Career Guidance Interviews

Individual Careers Guidance interviews are available to students in Year 11, 12 and 13 as they decide on their Post 16 Options. We have a professionally qualified Careers Adviser, Lesley Wright, who can see students individually and offer them one to one guidance. Parents and Carers are welcome to attend career interviews. To book a careers appointment please contact Miss Devenish our careers coordinator on