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Careers at St Philomena's

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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an important aspect of the student learning experience at St Philomena's School and prepares our young women to make decisions where they can reach their optimum potential in their education and also their future professional life in the world of work. CEG significantly contributes to the school’s commitment to high achievement, inclusive, effective teaching and learning. We successfully achieved the Career Mark Quality Award in 2015 and this was revalidated in 2017.

Career Mark Logo 2017

 Careers education and guidance is delivered through PHSE lessons, tutor time, assemblies and additional career and work related activities with internal / external partners (parents , local colleges, universities and employers). The school has a dedicated Careers Coordinator (part- time) who oversees the coordinating of independent and impartial (CEG) for Years 7 to 13.   A careers programme outlines the framework for Careers education and guidance learning and this supports the curriculum for key stage 3, 4 and post-16 key stage 5. The Careers programme is supported by the Kudos on- line careers tool and the school bespoke Careers Portal, Career Companion. (See links below )

Careers Policy:
Careers Education Guidance Policy 2016-2018

The St Philomena’s Careers policy adheres to statutory guidance in the Education Act 2011 that states ‘From September 2012, schools will be legally responsible for securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance for all pupils in years 9 – 11.’ A further recommendation to extend this careers guidance to Years 8, 12 & 13 is effective from September 2013. At St Philomena’s a strategic decision was made to deliver CEG to all year groups (7 to 13).  St Philomena’s CEIAG policy strives to meet the 8 Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.    Examples of how we provide impartial and independent careers advice and guidance include:

 One to one careers interviews with trained and qualified careers advisers  

  • Guest Speaker talks, assembles and events such as Speed Careers
  • Employer visits  
  • Further Education and Higher Education visits
  • Displays and communication of impartial careers and education information for example in Bulletins  
  • Signpost to websites such as www.ucas.com, www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and www.icould.com 
  • Involvement of external partners such as Sutton Education Business Partnership now Cognus Education Business Partnership, for example with work experience. 

If you would like further information about CEG or are interested in supporting careers related activities (ie career talks), please contact Michele Cretney, Careers Coordinator, by email.

 FAO Careers Coordinator at enquiries@stphilomenas.org.

Useful Information:

Careers of the Future

 CompanionCareer Companion

The school has a bespoke Careers portal, Career Companion that students from Year 7 to 13 can access, parents and staff can access also. This portal includes links to useful careers websites, university information, careers articles and features.

To access: See the section on Careers in the School website, select Career Companion option on the drop down list or follow this link     http://bespoke.careercompanion.co.uk/libraries/index

A taste of some websites on Career Companion to explore Careers Information


Explore the links to student friendly careers information, careers videos, labour market information (LMI) and the careers personality ‘Buzz quiz’.  

www.plotr.co.uk Have a look at the career worlds where you can explore different sectors and employers.

National Careers Service website     https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Government website that provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

National Apprenticeship website https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch  

Find out about apprenticeships. There are more than 250 occupations that offer apprenticeships. There are 3 levels ; Intermediate, Advanced and Higher & Degree apprenticeships. Higher apprenticeships can provide an alternative route to gaining a degree level qualification. Apprenticeships are now available in sectors such as Digital Marketing, Business administration, Accountancy, Legal Executives and Engineering.