Careers Programme and Guidance


At St Paul’s we aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, raise aspirations and provide meaningful encounters with employees and employers. Our careers programme is devised and delivered to integrate the school's values of “doing the best that is possible” as epitomised by “The Gifts We Grow” and “The Learning Talents”.

The Careers Team:

Laura Palmiero - Head of Careers and Business Employer Engagement

Nicola Parkins and Nicola Honan - Careers Coordinators

For more information about our careers programme please telephone 01908 669735 or contact or

Our careers programme has the following aims:

  • To raise aspirations in terms of career options;
  • To raise awareness of and develop employability skills in interactive situations;
  • To support the school’s aim for pupils to follow courses and programmes which are appropriate to their longer term needs and aspirations;
  • To improve transition of pupils from school to adult and working life;
  • To increase access and choice for pupils;
  • To improve educational standards using contexts that improve motivation and attainment for pupils.

Our programme provides young people with:

  • Planned activities that use work as a context for learning;
  • Activities which are part of our broad and balanced curriculum;
  • Careers education and guidance which will help provide an insight into factors which can inform career choice;
  • The opportunity to learn about the world of work and to be better prepared for the transition from education and training to work;
  • The opportunity to improve interpersonal skills, presentation skills, self-confidence, taking risks, collaboration and taking on responsibility;
  • The opportunity to take an active part in their career learning.

Careers programme overview:

A range of specific activities are planned strategically and delivered at appropriate moments during a young person’s time at St Paul’s. Careers education begins in year 7 and then opportunities grow and develop right up to year 13.  In Year 10 students undertake two weeks of work experience.  For more information on this click here.

The impact of the careers programme is measured through a variety of methods, including pupil, staff and parents surveys.  If you have anything specifically you would like to feedback on please contact and/or  The information relating to careers education published on the school website is reviewed annually in July.  To see an overview of the types of activities offered please click here.

Information for employers and training providers:

At St Paul’s we are committed to providing our young people with every opportunity to access the world of work and, with this in mind, we welcome employers, industry representatives and training providers to make contact with us to support our pupils in their journey to employability.  To find out about the types of activities you could be involved with please click here.

Information for Parents:

All young people at St Paul’s will receive information about careers during their time at the school.  We will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events and activities. To find out how you can support young people with careers and employability please click here.  To find out more about the local labour market including the sectors that currently employ the most people and those that are growing in this region please click here.  There are many additional sources of careers advice.  To find more information please click here. To find specific information regarding apprenticeships please click here. To support National Careers Week the organisers have produced a parents guide outlining some of the events taking place as well as providing useful information about options and routes. The guide can be accessed here.

Information for Teachers:

In order to prepare our learners for their next step, teachers will focus on providing opportunities for them to develop employability and life skills, such as confidence, creativity and communication skills, as well as our sharp focus on The Learning Talents.  Teachers will draw students’ attention to the skills they are acquiring and make links between specific subjects and employment.  

Teachers will extend the learning of young people outside of the classroom in order to help them to understand what the true purpose of their learning is (not just to pass exams!).  For further information, please contact or

Information for Pupils in Years 7-11:

Your teachers will work with you to help you develop the skills you need for life and employment.  You will receive information about placements and work opportunities and will meet people from the world of work, who could help you to acquire the skills needed to be successful in work.

St Paul’s school is committed to help you to realise your potential, so you can do what you love when you leave school. To find out how you can become more employable after education please click here.  There are many additional sources of careers advice.  To find more information please click here.

Information for Post-16 pupils:

Your tutors, mentors and teachers will be supporting you to develop your ability to demonstrate to universities and employers that you are a suitable candidate. “Mentoring Mondays”, support through the UCAS application process and other support are all available for you. You are also able to request a meeting with the careers adviser.  For information about improving your applications to universities and employers, as well as details of useful websites please click here. There are many additional sources of careers advice.  To find more information please click here.


If you would like to find out about pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects you can use the widget below (from LMI For All) to find out (go to click to pick a job, then type in a job title you're interested in and choose from the drop down options):

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