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Careers Guidance

Castle Hill has held the Gold standard for CEIAG- Careers Education, Independent Advice and Guidance since 2013. 

Rhian Wheeler is our Careers Leader and her email address is: rhian.wheeler@castlehill.stockport.sch.uk

Lesley Millican is the school's Independent Careers Advisor and she provides high quality service which has been awarded the Matrix Quality Standard. Her contact details are: lesley.millican@stockport.gov.uk Tel: 0161 2181337. 

Matrix Quality Standard

Our Careers Guidance Programme

The Government's careers strategy aims to make sure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

At Castle Hill we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision. A link to these and our benchmarking results to date, are given below:Gatsby benchmarksCHHS Gatsby results

An overview of our programme of career education and guidance can be viewed here:

Programme of Career Education & Guidance

A stable careers programme

In Key Stage 3 careers forms part of the PSHCE and pupil voice programme of study. In Key Stage 4 we have one careers lesson a week and a pupil voice programme of study. AQA work related PHSE units form the basis of our lessons. Work experience, encounters with employers, employees and higher education providers, interview technique, CV writing, personal research in individual areas of interest and post 16-18 opportunities/pathways build our effective careers programme. For students accessing an alternative curriculum within school, careers units of work are provided and work experience is offered when it is deemed appropriate. 

Learning from career and labour market information

In lessons we use specific careers software programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities. We also provide Post 16 and Post 18 events where providers inform parents and students with quality information about future study options. The Education and Careers Advice Service work with students and parents to complete and track Post 16 and Post 18 applications.

Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different amounts career guidance at different stages of their time with us. Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each student and our careers programme promotes and supports equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Posters linking curriculum learning with careers are displayed throughout school. All subject teachers are keen to highlight the relevance of their subjects for future career paths and suggested career pathways are mentioned within our Key Stage 4 Qualifcations Booklet for students and parents. 

Encounters with employers and employees

At Castle Hill we invite employers and employees into school to deliver workshops and talks to our students. We also take students into a variety of workplaces and careers events to meet employers and employees. Enterprise activities are also embedded into our Key Stage 3 curriculum and our Vocational curriculum in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

We invite past students to talk to our current students about moving on, careers choices and life experiences since leaving Castle Hill. 

Experience of workplaces

At Castle Hill we have a work experience programme that starts in Year 11 and continues into our 6th Form. This builds in terms of time and variety of experiences over the three years. 

Encounters with further and higher education

Our careers programme is designed to ensure that all students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Personal guidance

This is provided in school by The Education and Careers Advice Service

Key Documents 

Our Careers Policy, which is reviewed annually, can be viewed here:

Careers Policy

Our Careers Access Policy can be viewed here:Careers Access Policy

Destinations 2020

The following document gives the destinations of our Summer 2020 Year 11 and Year 13 leavers.


Work Experience

To exemplify the quality of our work experience programme the following document summarises the work experience placements followed by last year's Year 13 students from 2017-2020:

Work Experience

Can you help?

If any parents, friends or employers are willing to give up 30 minutes of their time to talk to a group of students or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we'd love to hear from them.

If you are able to offer a young person in Year 11 a week's work experience or a Sixth Form student a weekly work placement one day a week please contact Mrs Jones directly.

We really do appreciate the support of parents, carers and employers who are already doing this for us and we are always looking for quality work placements for our students.

Useful Resources

The following links also provide useful sources of independent advice:

National Careers Service


JED Online

 To access JED use the code gfs96eyd 

This document outlines the Post-16 options open to young people locally:


This document outlines Post-18 options:


The following document outline the various Post-16 options available locally:


The following guides provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment: 

Routes into Work Guide

National Careers Service

Universal Job Match

The Parents’ Guide to What Comes Next provides parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices to create successful futures after GCSE and sixth form:

Parents' Guide to What Comes Next

Juniper Traineeships

This is a free programme for 16-18 year olds to gain the skills, qualifications and work experience to progress into Apprenticeships, Employment or Further Education.


Juniper Traineeships

Information for students

Dates of virtual open days

College Open Days, 2021-22

This document gives details of college open days and virtual events which will be of interest to Y11 and Y13 students and their parents.

Open Days