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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811


Careers Leader- Mrs K Pitt email

Email Address:

Phone Number: 01625 871811

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

At Key Stage 3 careers advice is taught through the student development days and aims to develop knowledge of work, careers and the next steps for students. We are available for advice during the Year 9 Options process.

At Key Stage 4 careers education is provided in two ways.
The first method is through student development days, developing  knowledge and understanding of future plans, and what it is like in the work place.
The second is through the student development lessons, where they will become aware of searching for courses and jobs, the application processes and interview techniques.

At Key Stage 5 careers education will be run in conjunction with the Sixth Form team. Students will be given guidance on UCAS applications, choosing appropriate Universities, Colleges of FE, and places of work. Students will 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 will be Careers fairs, Further Education fairs, and a ‘Life Beyond Poynton Day’. All students will also be able to receive careers advice after AS and A2 results. Students looking for employment after sixth form will also be able to join the Employ programme for further support in applications.

Employ is a programme run in the Sixth Form from the end of Year 12 and throughout Year 13. 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
All Year 12 students undertake work experience in the summer term. This is a core part of their study programme.

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

Impartial Careers Advice
In addition to our own school staff we have an external specialist advisor working from school to provide further impartial Careers Advice and Guidance. Students will be able to make appointments to have a guidance interview. Students should see Mrs Grey or their Form Tutor to arrange an appointment.

How can students, parents and teachers find out more about the careers programme

If there are any questions that the website doesn’t answer then Mrs Grey will be able to answer any questions about Careers. 

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

The Careers programme is reviewed annually and the discussed at the Curriculum and Welfare committee of the governing board. The next review date is 16 January 2019.

Below you will find further information about the Careers Programme.

Below you will find information about Work Experience and also some useful web addresses.

The Careers Team
Careers Leader Mrs K Pitt
Changing Education Careers Advisor Dr A Rowe