Skip to content ↓

Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811


Careers Leader- Mrs A Bibby

Email Address: 

Phone number: 01625 871811

The Careers department provides all students with access to information advice and guidance to help them make realistic choices to reach their goals. We aim to guide students to reach their full potential.

If you are a local employer who would like to support careers learning provision at Poynton High School, please contact Mrs Bibby.

At Key Stage 3 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Up (Year 7) STEP On (Year 8) and STEP Ahead (Year 9) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. They have been created in conjunction with the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDI Skills Framework. We also devote time on the student development days to develop knowledge of work, careers and the next steps options for students. We are available for advice during the Year 9 Options process.

At Key Stage 4 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Forward (Year 10) and STEP Future (Year 11) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. Additionally, during the Spring Term, additional time is devoted to completion of the workbook tasks to ensure students have fully considered their post 16 options.
Through activities on student development days, students will develop  knowledge and understanding of future options, and what it is like in the work place.
Our Careers Adviser is available on and after GCSE results day to assist our students with their progression.

At Key Stage 5 careers education runs in conjunction with the Sixth Form team. Students are given guidance on UCAS applications, choosing appropriate Universities, Colleges of FE, and places of work. Students have access to specialist external advisors, form tutors, the Sixth Form team and the Careers team to receive advice on their future after Poynton High School. There are Careers fairs, Industry Insight Events, Further Education fairs, and a ‘Life Beyond Poynton Day’. All students will also be able to receive careers advice after A level results. Students looking for employment after Sixth Form will also be able to join the Employ programme for further support in applications (see below for further details).

We are proud to be part of the Macclesfield Pledge. The Pledge Partnership, part of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, puts employers at the heart of inspiring, informing and communicating with the next generation of employees in Cheshire and Warrington.

Employment Readiness Programme is a programme run in the Sixth Form from the end of Year 12 and throughout Year 13 and supported by our partners at The Macclesfield Pledge. This is aimed at students who are not applying to University. This will provide access to careers planning, help applying for jobs and Apprenticeships,  plus the chance to meet local and national employers. 

Work Experience
Year 12 students are allowed allocated time to undertake self-placed work experience in the summer term. This is a core part of their study programme. Students are encouraged to source a meaningful work experience placement that is either relevant to their future career plans, or will develop their employability skills. 

We use a careers development programme called Start Profile to help students from Years 7-13 work on an action plan that they can regularly update to reflect their evolving destination plans and careers choices.

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. 

Start Profile can be accessed at home on this website  . Students should be regularly exploring the information on the Start portal and updating their online ‘Lockers’ with any notes, media or documents that give evidence of their skills and qualities. This will then be a useful resource for them when applying for future careers.

Careers Advice
We have a specialist adviser working from school to provide further Careers Advice and Guidance. Students will be able to make appointments to have a guidance interview. Students request an interview via their form tutor. Please see below for a Parents Guide to Careers created in association with Mumsnet. If parents have any careers related questions, Mrs Rush operates a Careers Helpdesk via email at, responses will be sent on her PHS working days which are Monday and Tuesday. 

How do we measure the impact of the careers programme on students?

The Careers programme is reviewed annually and then discussed at the governing board. As part of this review we seek the views of parents and students through questionnaires during the year.  We also monitor progress against  the Gatsby benchmarks using Compass+.  The next review date is Autumn 2021.

Careers Maps and Labour Market Information

The links below will take you to the Skills and Growth website which provides useful information about the top employment sectors, growth, population etc. in the Cheshire East area and includes Poynton. The map shows the location of large employers and the numbers of small to medium size employers (SME), as well as some demographic information from figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from the National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS).

Please Note:   The demographics are based on published the most recent Census 2011 information; and the strategic businesses listed are those companies with over 250 employees, with a turnover of £1m or more and with a head office – or main operating base – in Cheshire East.

Cheshire East Maps

Labour Market Information (LMI) is an important tool to help students research the demand for future jobs in their area, salary levels and skills needed. Please use the link below to visit the Labour Market Profile of Cheshire East.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions. Students can access information via the LMI for All portal widget featured below.

Students seeking to learn more about post 16 or post 18 vocational course opportunities at Macclesfield College can access details via our dedicated landing page at


The Careers Team
Careers Leader Mrs A Bibby
Careers Advisor Mrs K Rush
SLT Careers Link Mr A Bennett