Future Pathways

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

St Peter’s Catholic School is dedicated to ensuring that all of our pupils are fully prepared their Future Pathway, whether that is towards further or higher education, apprenticeships, jobs or gap years. We make it our responsibility to ensure that pupils are prepared for their next step and work hard in inspiring our pupils to strive for their best for their own futures.

Careers Team

Name Role Contact Details
Mr M Horsfield Careers Leader horsfieldm@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk
Mrs S Chander Senior Leadership Team Responsibility for Careers chanders@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk
Mrs S Simmons Work Experience and UCAS Coordinator simmonssh@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk
Mrs S Stajka Level 6 Careers Advisor stajkac@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk
Mrs L Przyrodzki Aspirations and Destinations Coordinator przyrodzkil@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk
Mrs E Schofield Governor Responsibility for Careers Contact through the Secretary to the Governors
Mrs T Donnelly, donnellyt@st-peters.solihull.sch.uk

Gatsby Benchmarks
Our careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
Every Pupil and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information
Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.
Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
Every Pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces
Every Pupil should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
All Pupils should 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.
Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance
Every Pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Our ongoing performance against the Gatsby Benchmarks Click here

Start Profile

This year all pupils have been given a login to Start Profile http://www.startprofile.com. 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 Pupils to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. Start includes:

  • A Pupil profile: pupils build their profile and access personalised study and career information.
  • Modules: activities to guide pupils through the information on Start at the right time.
  • Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.
  • Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.
  • Employability action plan: Pupils can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

We strongly encourage all pupils to regularly log on to Start to record any careers encounter they have. Examples of careers encounters could be: meeting/visiting an employer on a trip, in school, through work experience or something they have organised themselves outside of school. Start can be accessed on any device including mobile phones and tablets, just visit the website http://www.startprofile.com and login using the details given out in school.

In the sections below you will see a snapshot of the careers activities we run in school, we will be encouraging pupils to record these experiences on Start as well. Over time this will build up a profile of all of the careers work they have done at St Peter’s and will help them when it comes to making major careers and study decisions.

A full user guide to Start can be downloaded by clicking here. Or to find out more you can watch this video video here. We would strongly encourage all pupils to read through this guide or watch the video so that they can make the most out of this fantastic, free resource.

Life Ready

This Year St Peter’s has collaborated in the design of the Life Ready Programme (Solihull) which provides a framework designed to develop independent, life ready young adults. The programme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation and the Confederation of British Industry

The shared vision of the Life Ready Solihull Programme is that ‘pupils leaving St Peter’s will have the skills, knowledge and dynamism to reach their full career potential, to meet the needs of employers and to contribute to the economic growth of the borough’. The Life Ready model helps us give our pupils access to all of the CEIAG you will find on this page. See the Life Ready website for more information www.solihullforsuccess.com/life-ready-home.


During their time at St Peter’s, all of our pupils will receive information, advice and guidance around their Future Pathways at various Key Stages. The first IAG meetings start in Year 9 and take place annually through to Year 13:

  • Year 9 – focussed around GCSE options
  • Year 10 – focussed around Work Experience
  • Year 11 – focussed around Post-16 options
  • Year 12 – focussed around Work Experience and life after Year 13
  • Year 13 – focussed around status of applications for jobs/apprenticeships/UCAS

All of the IAGs are personal, one-to-one meetings conducted by Form Tutors, Lead Tutors, Pastoral Assistants, Senior Leadership and the Careers Team. IAG data and information is carefully monitored from year to year to ensure that every pupil is given the necessary guidance towards their chosen pathway.

Our pupils also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with a Level 6, professional, unbiased careers advisor. They will have at least one meeting at KS4 with another opportunity in KS5 if appropriate.

Work Experience

Pupils from St Peter’s are given two opportunities to go out on Work Experience placements: once in Year 10 and again in Year 12. All pupils in Year 10 and 12 are encouraged to take up a placement during term time and are given information, advice and guidance towards which placement would be best for them. Year 12 pupils are also allowed to undertake work experience on one or two days/half-days throughout the year, giving them the opportunity to build up a wealth of experience and learn more about the world of work. The next work experience dates are:

  • Year 10 – 20th – 24th July 2020
  • Year 12 – 20th – 24th July 2020

Internal Careers Events

There are two major events that take place at St Peter’s each year; the Year 11 Careers Event and the Year 12 Future Pathways Day. On these days Year 11 and 12 are taken off-timetable for a day to give them the chance to focus on their big decisions for their futures. During these days the pupils get to work on key careers areas including: employability skills, CVs, personal statements, UCAS, application forms, university research and interview preparation. We also invite employers from the local areas to conduct mock interviews with our pupils, giving them the chance to practise their interview skills and learn what it takes to land their dream job or university course. We also invite all parents and guardians to attend a Year 12 Future Pathways Parents’ Evening, where we share information regarding UCAS, Pupil Finance, Apprenticeships and Jobs. The next Careers Events are:

  • Year 11 Careers Event – Friday 29th November 2019
  • Year 12 Future Pathways Day – Cancelled

Careers Convention

Each year St Peter’s holds its annual Careers Convention for pupils in Year 9 up to Year 13. We invite over 50 employers, universities, further education and apprenticeship providers to our school to advertise their organisations to our pupils. Here the pupils have a fantastic opportunity to learn a great deal about what’s available to them, and start making critical decisions about their future pathways. The next Careers Convention will be held on Thursday 17th October 2019.

Trips and Visits

At St Peter’s we aim to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to see first-hand what the world of work and higher education looks like. Throughout the year we run trips and visits to universities, fairs, conventions, businesses and other organisations with different year groups. See below for an outline of some of the trips we ran in the 2017-18 academic year:

  • World Skills Live – Year 10 pupils went to the NEC to visit the largest Careers Event in the UK
  • Make UK Manufacturing Hub – Year 7 pupils went to Make UK’s technology Hub in Birmingham to learn about the engineering and manufacturing industries
  • University of Birmingham Trip – Year 8 pupils visited the University of Birmingham to help raise aspirations into higher education

This year we already have a number of trips planned including:

  • Year 12 visit to the Higher Education and Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 4th October 2019
  • Year 10 visit to World Skills Live on Thursday 21st November 2019

Pathway CTM

This year, we are continuing to be in partnership with Pathway CTM, a social enterprise with a mission to improve the employability, career prospects and lives of school leavers. Pathway has worked with our sixth form pupils to give them access to employer taster days, insight days, careers fairs and assessment days. In addition to this, Pathway has provided employability skills development and labour market insights for pupils, parents and staff. This partnership will continue in September for current Year 12 and 13 pupils. Check out their website for more information http://www.pathwayctm.com

Diana Award Mentoring Scheme

The mentoring scheme started in November 2017 and finished just before Easter 2018. We were fortunate to be involved with the Diana Award Mentoring Scheme, a career skills mentoring programme aimed at young people in Years 8, 9 and 10. The scheme is part of the Diana Award. The Diana Award was founded in 1999 as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world and inspire those around them. Since their formation, 45,000 young people have been celebrated with a Diana Award for the positive contribution they have made to their communities. During the sessions a Diana Award Youth Facilitator lead the Mentors and Mentees through a 6 month course which gave our pupils career skills and an insight into the world of work. It also engaged them in a social action project around a cause they felt passionate about. Through doing this, the programme:

  1. ) Instilled active citizenship through youth led social action and community volunteering
  2. ) Improved post-secondary work-place readiness through life and career skills training
  3. ) Built character, resilience and determination

Further information can be found on the Diana Award website: https://diana-award.org.uk/.

We are not running the mentoring scheme in 2019-20 but will hope to get involved again in the future.

ASK Service

This year we have the ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge) Service available for parents to speak to at all Parents’ Evenings. They will also have a stand at the Careers Convention and will be involved in some of our other careers events throughout the year. Please see their website https://amazingapprenticeships.com for more information.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Throughout the year the Pupils will be asked to record their Careers Encounters on Start. Start allows us to run a report to keep track of all pupils’ progress with their Careers Education. We can see the jobs they have liked, the skills and personal qualities they have developed, the potential destinations they have liked and the impact that the careers programme has had on their future pathway. On Start pupils can record each Careers Encounter individually and make specific notes about this so that they can refer back to it at a later date. They can also link any relevant skills that they may have learned during the Careers Encounter and this will help build up their profile. All of this data will allow us to tailor the careers programme towards certain pupils, giving them the best possible opportunities towards their future pathway.

We also use online surveys to ask for feedback following our Careers Events. We ask for feedback from pupils, parents and employers who come in to volunteer with us at St Peters. Again, we use this feedback to tailor the careers programme to pupils and this helps us improve the programme each year. This feedback is vital to help us continue to improve the Careers Education at St Peter’s so any support with this is always greatly appreciated.

If you would like to provide feedback as a pupil, parent or visitor/employer, please use the relevant links below:

Pupils: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careersstudents

Parents: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careersparents

Visitors/Employers: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/careeremployees

The school also completes self-assessments of its Careers Programme once per half term through the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass Tool and Tracker system. This gives us a chance to reflect on the work we have done and again make improvements where necessary. The Compass Tool helps us to measure our progress against the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks – the government’s adopted guidelines for good careers guidance. For more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks, please refer to the Careers and Enterprise Company’s website www.careersandenterprise.co.uk and navigate to the Gatsby Benchmarks section.

The programme for CEIAG at St Peter’s will be reviewed in September 2020.