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Careers Guidance

IAG Award

Castle Hill School has once again been awarded the Gold standard for CEIAG- Careers Education, Independent Advice and Guidance in January 2018 by keeping our Level 3 status.

We have held this quality mark for the standard of our Careers provision since 2013.

Thank you to all the parents, carers, staff, governors, employers and working partners who continue to support our students.


Julie Jones is the school's named Careers Leader and her email contact is: julie.jones@castlehill.stockport.sch.uk

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

Matrix Quality Standard


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 can be seen by clicking on the following links: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.

The following links also provide useful sources of independent advice:

National Careers Service


JED Online

 To access JED use the code gfs96eyd 

Destinations 2019

The following document gives the destinations of our Summer 2019 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 2016-2019:

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.

If you have any questions about our careers guidance programme please contact Julie Jones, julie.jones@castlehill.stockport.sch.uk


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

Careers Policy

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



Routes into Work Guide This guide provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment. 

National Careers Service


Universal Job Match