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.

St. Joseph’s believes in the potential of CEIAG to meet ambitious long-term aims for the pupils and their programme is correspondingly rich in support and opportunities.  The programme is also very modern in the sense that it is informed by an excellent understanding of future opportunities/pathways.

Careermark Gold – Awarded in July 2016

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

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.


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 below.


Careers Lead – Mrs. Nobis – Assistant Headteacher –

Independent Careers Adviser – Mrs. Sue Glover, RPCDI, QCG, Careers Solutions (Wiltshire) Ltd. – (Sue Glover is in school on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and offers a drop-in facility at lunchtimes in the Benedict Building between 12.45pm to 1.35pm.  Parents/Carers can also arrange appointments by e-mail or phone).

Careers Co-ordinator – Mrs. Susie Fenwick –

Telephone: 01722 335380

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.

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.

useful links and resources

Careercompa@nion has been designed to help and support both students and parents/carers by providing the most up-to-date, independent and impartial web link gateway to careers information. It acts as a 'one stop shop' to access information about education, apprenticeships, labour market information, special educational needs, job hunting, qualifications, careers generator quizzes and films about different careers.

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. 

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. Please follow the link below for further information:

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. 

Next Steps after St Joseph's - Post 16 Options

All the information and advice you will need in deciding on your Post 16 Options is in this video.

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.

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.