Welcome To The Careers Department

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

Students can book an appointment with the school Careers Adviser or email any Careers questions to Mrs S Bilton: [email protected]

Useful Careers Websites and Links for Students, Parents, Teachers and Support Staff:

CYC 2023-24 Post 16 Pathways

CYC 2023-24 Post 16 Pathways – SEND

Prospects.ac.uk – Skills Assessment, Career Profiles, Career Planners, CVs & Cover Letters

UCAS – The website for applying to go to University

DiscoverUNI.gov.uk – Government website to help you find the right university course. It also has a tool for comparing the universities and their courses

Apprenticeships – Guide to Apprenticeships

National Careers Service – The Government Careers website

Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK – Search for an Apprenticeship

Labour market overview, UK – Office for National Statistics

Labour market information – Student home, University of York

Future Learn Course – Your Future– Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree Course – On this course learners will identify their strengths and learn how to use their time at university to explore career options and prepare for future job roles. It will help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation

Aspire resources include:

  • The Aspire Guide – a 64-page guide providing in-depth information on different career pathways, university, apprenticeships, further education, gap years and more
  • The Aspire Webinar Series – a programme of free-to-attend webinars on topics ranging from “How to Write a Great Personal Statement” to “Choosing the Right University for You”
  • The Career Video Library – a video library of professionals working across different sectors speaking about their experiences

Year 10 Work Experience

All our students in Year 10 go out for two weeks of Work Experience with an employer in the Spring Term – usually one week after February Half Term. Students and their parents organise the placement for this opportunity using their own networks and the school database.

Management of Careers

Sarah Bilton is the Subject Leader for Business, PSHCE and Careers (Personal Development). As the Careers Leader, she has achieved the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership and the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development.

Telephone: 01904 647877; Email: [email protected]

Imogen Henderson is the Assistant Subject Leader for PSHCE and Careers (Personal Development).

Margaret Webster is the Careers Administrator.

The Careers Administrator organises all Careers appointments, and students, parents and staff can request a Careers Appointment by emailing [email protected]

Janis Wilson is the school’s independent Careers Adviser. She has a full  Level 6 in Careers Guidance.

Teacher and Support Staff Careers feedback Form:


Subject Delivery

This document identifies topics delivered in subjects related to Careers:


Parent’s / Carer’s Careers Survey

At All Saints, we aim to ensure that all pupils feel fully supported with moving towards the career path that is right for them, whether it is All Saints Sixth Form, college, university, apprenticeships, or training. We would like to extend that provision by offering further support to the parents & carers of our pupils.

To begin this process we would like to invite all parents and carers to complete a very short survey regarding Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG), which will enable us to provide the best support for you.

The survey can be located here: CEIAG Parent and Careers Survey 

Careers – Provider Access Policy



This Careers Policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

We are committed to providing Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEAIG) to all students through the curriculum, PSHCE lessons, assemblies and collapsed curriculum days, as well as through a dedicated programme of independent careers advice.

Our Careers programme aims to raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

All students in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

Students are provided with a range of opportunities and strategies to enable them to develop greater knowledge and awareness of Higher/Further Education and alternative employment opportunities or options through:

  • Students are supported with their UCAS applications or plans for future study or employment by the student’s Form Tutor and this is overseen by the Head of Sixth Form
  • Students are fully supported throughout Sixth Form by their Form Tutor mentoring programme
  • Visits to Universities for Year 12 students
  • Careers Assemblies
  • the school Careers Fair
  • Publications produced by the school
  • Regular emails regarding opportunities, including Apprenticeship Fairs, talks and seminars
  • Regular emails regarding careers opportunities, including different levels of Apprenticeships including Degree Apprenticeships
  • Events and opportunities which provide information on financial budgeting, planning and access to student loans
  • Year 12 and 13 students can self-refer or be referred by a member of staff for an individual career interview with the Careers Adviser

All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as form tutors, teachers and subject teachers. Careers Lessons and Information are delivered through form registration, collapsed days and tutor time, all teachers deliver specialist careers sessions.

Heads of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 and Learning Leaders liaise with the Careers Leader to address needs of all students, including support from teachers and external agencies, such as the independent Careers Advisor. Careers information is available from the Head of Careers.


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Sarah Bilton, Careers Leader, Subject Leader for Business, PSHCE and Careers. Telephone: 01904 647877; Email: [email protected]

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 8 Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities Life Skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities
Year 9 Life Skills and KS4 Options – assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities KS4 options open evening – assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities
Year 10 Life Skills – work experience preparation sessions  – assemblies and collapsed curriculum opportunities Life skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Fair



Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities
Year 11 Life Skills – assembly on opportunities at Post 16

Post-16 evening

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities


Post 16 Taster Day at school and at local colleges

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Fair

Year 12 Post-18 assembly – apprenticeships


Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Higher Education Ambassadors at school


Assemblies on  future education, training and employment options

Careers and Higher Education Fair

Post-18 assembly – self employment


Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Year 13 Workshops – HE and higher apprenticeship applications


Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Post-18 assembly – apprenticeships

Post-18 assembly – self employment

Assembly, tutor group and collapsed curriculum opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Fair


Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

All Saints RC School strives to ensure that careers guidance treats all students as individuals and caters to their own needs and aspirations. Students with additional needs will be supported through a bespoke approach ensuring they receive personalised provision including reviews of a student’s EHCP at key transition points and the facilitation of a well-managed transition best suited to their individual needs.

All students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of careers education through the following three strands:

  • Self-Development: To enable students to understand themselves and the influences on them, to recognise their strengths, the areas they need to improve, their skills, motivations, values and personal qualities through their career journey while at All Saints RC School
  • Career Exploration: To enable students to investigate and raise their aspirations through career related learning opportunities and work experience. The aim for students is to develop a knowledge and understanding of labour market information (LMI), the influence of society, wider employment trends and the range of options and routes available to them now and in the future
  • Career Management: To enable students to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition effectively from one stage of education, training or work into the next

The Careers programme is greatly enhanced through our links with a number of partners who help us to make students’ learning ‘real’ and up to date. We aim to further expand and improve our links with employers and other local groups. This involvement includes the provision of work experience placements, work place visits, talks from business people in PSHCE education and careers lessons, enterprise days, curriculum projects linked to particular subjects and mock interview sessions.

Parents/carers are vital to students’ understanding of career choices and the decisions they make. We provide all parents/guardians with up-to-date information on choices at 14+ and 16+ and arrange parents’ open evenings.


How we measure and assess the impact of the careers program on students

All Saints Catholic School works with the Careers and Enterprise Company, the external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the DFEs newly devised Careers Strategy.

As an education establishment we ensure we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation when planning our Careers Strategy. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks).

The Careers and Enterprise Company coordinate the Audit deadlines. This ensures the development of our career’s strategy is ongoing to ensure best practice. All Saints Catholic School is a member of the York Careers Hub, the benefits of being a Hub Member include additional funding and support.

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are referred to everywhere in the careers world, but what are they, where have they come from and what do they mean?

The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013.  The report was commissioned by Lord Sainsbury and Sir John Holman was appointed to lead a research team to focus on international evidence for ‘what works’ in career development.  The research provides a comprehensive study of career development exploring key elements of good career development.

The report found 8 benchmarks of best practice:


A review of the published information is due in December 2024.