careers portal

Welcome to the Careers Portal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. This resource is for pupils, parents, carers, teachers, employers, training providers and anyone who has a keen interest in preparing our pupils for their future.

We are very proud of the careers provision at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We have been awarded the national Career Mark Gold quality standard which recognises excellence in careers, employability and enterprise. Our independent Careers Adviser, Sue Glover, has also been awarded the Salisbury Journal Careers Education and Guidance Award 2018.

Currently, the pace of change is more rapid than at any time in history. Changes in society and work are having a profound effect on traditional patterns of employment. If young people know more about the range of careers open to people with the right qualifications, they will have a clearer idea of the routes to better jobs.

This page will link you to sources of information and advice, and where to get help. Please use the links on the right for further information.


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Careers Lead – Mrs. Nobis – Assistant Headteacher –

Independent Careers Adviser* – Mrs. Sue Glover, RPCDI, QCG, Careers Solutions (Wiltshire) Ltd. –

Careers Co-ordinator – Mrs. Susie Fenwick –

Telephone: 01722 335380

*Sue Glover is in school on Mondays and Tuesdays and offers a drop-in facility at lunchtimes in the Benedict Building between 1:05pm and 1:55pm.  Parents/Carers can also arrange appointments by e-mail or phone.


Please note: We are in the process of revalidating Career Mark. Due to Covid-19, we have been given a two-term extension and our revalidation is currently in progress.

Career Mark Revalidation Report
Structure of CEIAG
Independent Careers Guidance Adviser
Careers Policy
Provider Access Policy


Here we share the latest opportunities and events that students can get involved with, including webinars, competitions, and more. Click on an opportunity below to read more about it.



Our programme follows statutory guidance set by the Department for Education Careers guidance and access for education and training providers - October 2018.  We are working to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks to help develop and improve our provision and to also meet our legal duties.

There is a well-defined careers programme through key stages 3 and 4 which maps against the Framework for careers employability and enterprise education (March 2018).

We work with a huge variety of different providers ranging from higher education providers, local further education colleges and 6th forms, apprenticeship providers, employers, voluntary sector the local authority, Chamber of Commerce and our alumni to keep a modern vision of the requirements of the jobs market.

We aim to support our pupils to:

  • Develop themselves through careers, employability and enterprise education
  • Learn about careers and the world of work
  • Develop your career management, employability and enterprise skills

We are always keen to introduce new ideas and involve parents, carers, relatives, friends and employers to enhance our programme.  If you would like to contribute and get involved, we would love to hear from you!  Please see contact details on the right.

For a full list of everything we're doing in 2022, please see the Careers Calendar.

What WE DID IN 2020/2021

This past year has been a little disruptive due to COVID and this has, inevitably, had an impact on our Careers programme within the classroom and getting employers and post-16 providers into school. Despite this, careers has still been very much part of the curriculum, albeit being delivered in a different way – via school comms, through form tutors as an information session and of course, over Teams!

Click here to see a full report on everything the careers department has done in 2020/2021.

St. Joseph's values the importance of CEIAG in developing independent learning and raising aspiration amongst its students. This comes directly from the headteacher and her assistant headteacher, who are assisted in achieving this outstanding provision through the dedicated, determined and passionate work of their careers coordinator and careers adviser.
Careermark Gold – Awarded in July 2019

The independent careers advice and guidance provided by the school are a strength.  As a result, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of education and training.  Pupils spoke highly about the advice they received from tutors, teachers and the independent careers adviser in preparing them for the future.

Ofsted – January 2018

your feedback

We are proud of the careers programme that we run at St Joseph's. We are always interested in hearing ways in which we can improve or feedback about what we're doing well!

If you have any comments about our Careers programme and the information you or your child have received, please share your feedback using this form:

careers education

All learners experience a relevant and appropriate careers curriculum which promotes equal opportunities, challenges stereotypes, raises aspirations and encourages learners to reach their full potential. Learners are taught to take responsibility for their futures and encouraged to make full use of the learning opportunities, resources and events made available to them. Our offer is always developing and new events and activities are delivered every year.


Careerpilot is a free one-stop website helping 13-19 year olds in the South of England to find out about all of their options. Careerpilot also has a Parents Information Zone to help parents/carers support young people in making the right decision about study and work.

Go to Careerpilot

Careercompa@nion provides students and parents/carers with the most up-to-date, independent, and impartial careers information about education, apprenticeships, labour market information, special educational needs, job hunting, qualifications, and more.

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Go to Career Companion

eCLIPS helps young people to make informed study and career decisions. It has accurate information on over 1400 jobs including live labour market information and lots of advice on education and employment choices. 

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Go to eCLIPS


National Careers Service -
Providing information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work.

Apprenticeships -  Government portal containing information and advice about apprenticeship opportunities together with a search facility.

Labour Market Intelligence - 
Labour Market Intelligence, or LMI for short, is all about providing employment information. This information informs us about patterns, trends, facts and figures on the job market so you can understand what types of employment opportunities are around and it can help you plan your future. 


Each year, Year 10 students are taken off timetable to take part in CV writing workshops and Mock Interview Day. This year, it was all done virtually but it was still a big success!

Going Places & CV Workshops

Pupils were asked to find a job they would like to apply for using our very own St Joseph’s employment agency, Going Places Ltd. Once pupils had chosen their job profile, they were able to structure their CV around the skills and qualities required. Pupils also wrote covering letters within their English lessons to go with their CV. These were then sent to employers ready for Mock interview Day.

Mock Interview Day

We ran two Mock Interview Days, and we had 16 employers conducting interviews. The interviews went really well – despite the nerves beforehand, students came out smiling and feeling much more confident!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the employers who gave up two afternoons to support our pupils with this worthwhile world of work experience.



We are also delighted that our pupils get the opportunity to do work experience in the summer term of Year 10.  It offers a great opportunity for pupils to spend a full week away from school and experience the world of work.  It also offers the potential to provide opportunities for pupils to learn more about their own abilities. It helps them explore their strengths and weaknesses and identify the gaps in their skills.

Work experience can be a very powerful, life changing experience for pupils. Some go on to gain employment and some realise their ideal career path and progress to being very successful in their chosen field. Others decide that what they thought was their ideal career path no longer lives up to their expectations and are grateful they had the chance to find out before leaving school.  One of the most important benefits of work experience.

Virtual Work Experience - 2021

Due to the current situation work experience has been cancelled this year.  However, pupils still have the opportunity to apply for a Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) placement.  The placements listed below are free, all you need to do is sign up and apply.  When looking to apply for a VWEX, please ensure they are undertaken during the holiday period, so it doesn't impact on the school learning day. Websites to look at include:

Speakers for Schools: 


For those interested in a career in the healthcare industry, there are opportunities at the link below:  Please note VWEX with Premed Projects incur a charge.



In the video below, Sue Glover gives you all the information and advice you will need for deciding on your Post-16 options.

Need some help writing a personal statement for your college/sixth form applications? Here's a handy guide.


colleges and sixth forms

Andover College

Charlton Rd, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1EJ
Phone: 01264 360000

Avon Valley College

Recreation Road, Durrington, Wilts, SP4 8HH
Phone: 01980 652467

Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School Sixth Form

Exeter Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2ED
Phone: 01722 333851

Brockenhurst College and Sixth Form

Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZE
Phone: 01590 625555

The Burgate School and Sixth Form

Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, SP6 1EZ
​Phone: 01425 652039

eastleigh College

Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5FS
Phone: 023 8091 1000


Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY
Phone: 01305 237580


New College Drive, Swindon, SN3 IAH
Phone: 01793 611470

Peter Symonds College

Owens Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6RX
Phone: 01962 857500

Salisbury Sixth Form College – S6C

66-78 Tollgate Road, Salisbury, SP1 2JJ
Phone: 01722 597970

Sarum Academy Sixth Form

Westwood Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 9HS
Phone: 01722 323431


South Wilts Grammar School Sixth Form

Stratford Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3JJ
Phone: 01722 323326

Sparsholt College

Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NF
Phone: 01962 776441

Totton College

Water Lane, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 3ZX
Phone: 023 8087 4874

Wiltshire College

Campuses in Lackham, Salisbury, Chippenham and Trowbridge
Phone: 01225 350035

OPEN DAYS, virtual tours & information videos

Please see this list of upcoming college and sixth form open days:

Due to the current situation, some Colleges/Sixth Forms have provided us with virtual assembly presentations and/or tours of their campus. Please take a look and see what they have to offer post-16.

Andover College

Many of our year 10 students choose Andover College for their post-16 education. If you're currently researching colleges, Andover College have sent over an excellent package of recourses that will help you decide whether it could be the right choice for you.

The package includes:

  • Links to all of their courses and qualifications
  • Virtual 360 campus tours
  • Information about college open events
  • A video and information about careers support at Andover College
  • The college prospectus
  • Information about apprenticeships
  • Industry work placements

Click on the picture to the left, or on the button below, to download the PDF. Then click the links in the PDF to view each of the resources.

Download the PDF


Another great choice for our post-16 students is Sparsholt College in Hampshire. Sparsholt College offers vocational and practical land-based courses in Agriculture, Animal Studies, Arboriculture & Forestry , Conservation, Motor Vehicle, and more.

The package includes:

  • Links to all of their courses and qualifications
  • Year 11 presentation
  • 360° tours of the college
  • Meet the tutors
  • Information about industry placements and apprenticeships
  • Stories from past and present students

Click on the picture to the left, or on the button below, to download the PDF. Then click the links in the PDF to view each of the resources.

Download the PDF


Applications for Peter Symonds College are open from 13th September 2021 via this link. The closing deadline for applications is Monday 13th December 2021. Students will be invited to attend an interview between November 2021 and March 2022, and places will be offered from January 2022.

All course information is available online via this link, or SJCS students can come and see Mrs. Fenwick for a prospectus.

Open Evenings will be on Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th October 2021, and they are available now to book - please see the save the date card (click on the image to the left or on the button below) for more information.

Download the PDF

radley College sixth form

Radley College is an independent, all boys' full boarding school located in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It has a Funded Places programme which can provide means tested bursaries up to 100% of the fees to Sixth Form boys.

They offer an environment for academically ambitious boys to grow in self-confidence, thrive academically, and make the most of an enormous range of opportunities in art, design, drama, music and sport.

To find out more, click the button below to watch a short video.

They are inviting anyone who is interested in finding out more to a Sixth Form Open Day at Radley College on 18 September 2021 at 10.30am. Please contact The Admissions Office for further information: 01235 543174

Watch the Video

St Mary's Calne

Is your daughter a talented Mathematician? St Mary's Calne are offering Sixth Form Maths scholarships. See the poster for more details.

"St Mary's Calne Foundation Award aims to offer able and gifted girls, who might otherwise be precluded from the independent sector by reason of financial restriction the opportunity of joining St Mary's Calne.  Girls going into Year 11 in September 2021 are eligible for the Award, and Day Fees could be reduced up to 100% through Means Testing."

They are holding a Foundation Award Information Evening on Monday 27th September 2021, and attendance is by invitation only. Please speak to your daughter's Maths teacher or get in touch with St Mary's Calne for more details.

Download the Poster


Employer and Education Providers Engagement

St. Joseph’s Catholic School could not provide such a comprehensive careers programme without the support of local businesses and the education sector.

The link gives a list of all providers who have supported our students during the past academic year.

External Careers Supporters 2018-19

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all their inspiration and encouragement!


Our pupils are monitored throughout their time at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and progress successfully on to further education or apprenticeships. You can also look at the latest destinations data for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 on the DfE’s performance tables.

DfE School Performance Tables

Below is the destinations data produced by St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Most of our students progress on to further education.

We are also very proud of pupils that have gone on to Higher Education.  Below is information we have gathered for a small cohort of pupils.

St. Joseph's Catholic School Alumni

Priority Groups

All pupils are welcome and encouraged to engage with the Careers Team. Specific groups of pupils are considered a priority:

Special Education Needs – We work closely with the SEN team to provide additional support for pupils during their time in school.  At key transitional points such as Options choices and Post 16 choices our Independent Careers Adviser meets with pupils and parents/carers to offer impartial information, advice and guidance to help with decision making. Our Careers Adviser will also attend Annual Review meetings.

Children Looked After – Additional appointments can be put in place to support with GCSE option choices, work experience placements and applications to further education and/or apprenticeships.

Pupil Premium – Additional time is allocated to engage with pupil premium students to ensure that they have additional support with activities and are mentored in order to provide successful outcomes at the end of year 11.

Higher Attainers  – Curriculum staff identify pupils showing academic promise.  The Careers team will offer information, advice and guidance to facilitate progress and arrange visits that can support decision-making with trips to Oxford University and Russell Group Universities.