At Holy Family we encourage students to ASPIRE to the best in all they do. Therefore we are developing a careers education programme that is comprehensive and meets the needs of each child in accordance with the new statutory guidance. We aim to support our students with an impartial advice outlining all the options available from university to apprenticeships, from a gap year to setting up a business.

Each Year Group has the opportunity to take part in careers related enrichment activities on the drop down days as part of the PSHE programme, covering topics from ‘What am I good at?’ to exploring ‘The World of Work.’

The students have the opportunity to discover themselves by completing a short interests-based questionnaire using the online Careers platform Start Profile. This...

  • Helps meet our duty to provide impartial career guidance
  • Helps meet the statutory requirements by meeting all 8 Gatsby benchmarks
  • Raises students’ self-awareness, aspirations and increases motivation
  • Facilitates option choices at 12/13, 16 and 18+

With Start, students can explore their future careers and education options within school or at home with their personal logins. Our programme is designed to enable young people to make excellent choices about their futures and inspire them throughout their time at Holy Family.

Extra focus is placed on Years 8 & 11 when choosing their options. ‘BEE careers’ workshops are delivered and every Year 11 student is offered a one-to-one appointment with an external career advisor.

Year 10 students are encouraged to gain experience for their CV’s or personal statements by participating in our compulsory work experience scheme with the assistance of BEP.

In addition the school uses the weekly newsletter to advertise opportunities such as apprenticeships, summer school and placements at universities or to convey useful information.

There are several supports in place for the Sixth Form students to ensure that they have the correct information whilst researching which courses or universities to choose. There are links with local employers and various speakers from law, medicine, business and arts etc are invited to speak to the students.

For students who require additional support, the Reed in Partnership team is on hand to play an important role in assisting the young person to make application to colleges or apprenticeships. With Reed in partnerships, contacts with industries’ leaders from all backgrounds are organised to promote careers awareness through weekly workshops sessions delivered to different focus groups.  

The Career Lead for Holy Family

Mr J. Fidegnon-Edoh (Assistant Head Teacher) -
Mrs M. Gaynor (Assistant Head Teacher) -
Mrs C. Warwick (Careers education co-ordinator at Key Stage 5 - Lifeskills lessons)
Mrs C. Pike (Work experience co-ordinator)