Careers Information Education and Guidance

Reviewing all due to Covid-19

The main point of contact on Careers Education, Information and Guidance is : Mr. Leo Burton

Prospects offers impartial information; advice and guidance to young people aged 13-19.

Elaine Wainwright

My name is Elaine Wainwright and I am the Careers Adviser based in St Thomas More. I will be working with St Thomas More students throughout the year in school. Students can contact me by calling into the schools Careers Room in the library, via Mr Burton or their form tutors. Parents can contact me via my mobile, by contacting school, at school parent’s evenings and at review meetings for students with special educational needs. 

How to contact Elaine Wainwright

If you wish to contact me to discuss how I can help your son/daughter please call me on 07702862225 or email:

Keep on Learning – Raising the Participation Age

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. This means pupils starting from September 2013 onwards will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday. 

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:
Full-time education (e.g. at a school sixth form or college) an apprenticeship or trainee ship

Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:

Employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

To find out exactly what this means and who it will affect please either speak to your Careers Adviser in school or visit Or on the individual providers website. A session will be allocated in school for all Yr11students to make their applications. This usually happens at the end of Autumn term.

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

Student Entitlement Statements

(How St Thomas More will help me to make an informed decision about my future options and prepare me for the world of work.

In Year 7, by…

  • finding out about the careers resources available to me
  • presenting types of careers to my classmates
  • matching the careers, I am interested in with my own strength areas
  • asking your form tutor if I need guidance with my career ideas

In Year 8, by…

  • learning about the different routes I can take when I leave school
  • finding out about when I will need to make decisions about my future options
  • understanding the importance of developing my employability skills
  • using the careers resources in more detail to explore career areas and subjects I may be interested in
  • learning about my strengths
  • matching my interest areas to suitable careers
  • having the opportunity to attend a careers fair to chat to business people, colleges and universities about the options available to me in the future
  • asking my form tutor if I need guidance with my career ideas

In Year 9, by…

  • having the opportunity to attend a careers fair to chat to business people, colleges and universities about the options available to me in the future
  • meeting with people from different Vocations as part of our Yr 9 Retreat day.
  • using the careers resources to continue to explore career areas and subjects I may be interested in
  • Having a group session with an independent careers adviser
  • re-visiting where my strengths are
  • ensuring that the GCSE option subjects I choose will keep my options open later on when I leave school and choose a career route
  • attending special assemblies and parent meetings to help me to choose the option subjects I will do best at
  • using the Year 8 Options Booklet to find out what type of careers relate to the subjects I am interested to study
  • finding out which GCSEs I need to study for different careers
  • asking my form tutor if I need guidance and advice about careers.

In Year 10, by…

  • to explore how a business is run, the working environment, employment opportunities and to learn about the local labour market.
  • developing my entrepreneurial skills by participating in some business enterprise opportunities.           
  •  exploring a number of different professions by speaking to local business people
  • exploring a number of different routes (university, apprenticeships, college, Oxbridge, Year in Industry, and less familiar routes like art, performing arts and music).
  • chatting to past St Thomas More students to find out what routes they took and learn from their experiences
  • finding out about STEM careers I may not know about yet
  • developing my personal skills in physical team-building activities
  • learning about my personal finance – what I need to know now, about student finance, and what I will need to know when I go out to work
  • learning about where to find job opportunities
  • producing a Curriculum Vitae to use when I am applying for jobs and courses
  • learning about good interview technique and appropriate preparation with my tutor
  • sampling A level subjects to help me to make my choices for the forthcoming year
  • Visit to the Skills show
  • asking Mr Burton if I need guidance with my career ideas or future possible routes

In Year 11, by…

  •  To review the Curriculum Vitae developed in year 10 and how best to prepare and present for an interview.
  • To participate in a series of mock interviews sessions
  • interviews with the Senior Leadership Team to discussion my next steps into Post 16 provision.
  • talking to Heads of Year 12 and 13 in the sixth form about higher education, including university and A level choices
  • talking to Mr Burton and Ms Wainwright about alternative routes for the future, including apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, college courses and other routes
  • asking Mr Burton if I need further guidance with my future options to help me to make an informed choice about my future

In the Sixth Form, by…

  • attending regular Feature Lectures to find out about the world of work
  • working closely with my tutor to help me to make an informed choice for my ‘next step'
  • attending an HE (higher education) convention to speak to university representatives first-hand and find out about the courses they can offer me
  • understanding how to make a university application on UCAS
  • developing my personal statement
  • recognising how to make a good application
  • providing practice interviews to help to prepare me for my actual interviews
  • finding out about alternative routes to university and how to apply to these
  • understanding student finance
  • hearing about the labour market – trends and jobs for the future
  • using the careers resources available to help me with my choices
  • having a week’s work experience
  • asking Ms Way if I need guidance with my career ideas


What happens and when:

September 2020– January 2021
Year 11 students will be offered a one to one interview. During the interview I will provide information, advice and guidance on all further learning and training opportunities, entry requirements and the application process. At the interview the student will be given an Action Plan which will outline how they are doing, where they want to get to and how they will get there. All Year 11 students will be making applications in December. Each student is expected to make at least 2 applications.
Sixth Form students will be able to access careers appointments with a Careers Advisor on request to Mr Burton at the Careers Office or Mrs Way in the Sixth Form Office.

November 2020 – Yr 10 The Skills Show 
The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through interactive activities and experiences helping shape their futures and transform their lives.
Free to attend and held at the NEC, Birmingham in November, the show offers hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore further education, training and apprenticeships across five inspiring sectors. (check the Skills Show website for dates and times)

Visitors will have the chance to Have a Go at over 40 work-based skills, get impartial advice from careers professionals and speak to a range of employers, colleges and training providers. Spotlight stages across the event will allow visitors to get an insider’s view of different industries and World Skills UK National Skills Competitions will inspire visitors with how the best of the best compete with incredible ability.

College students from across the UK will entertain visitors with Showcase demonstrations and performances across a wide range of work-based skills. Representatives from leading employer brands including Crossrail, Virgin Media, Jaguar Landrover and IBM and both the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service will be on hand to discuss training and employment opportunities.

January 2021 – March 2021
Any year 11 students interested in an apprenticeship should start looking and applying for any relevant vacancies as most students now have to find their own work placement. The most popular place to look is via the National apprenticeship website - - some vacancies will be advertised early so students could start looking from October.

Year 9 students will be selecting their options and therefore need to think carefully about their decisions. Students can discuss their ideas with the Careers Adviser who will make appointments and slips will be given to students. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with the career advisor and parents will be able to talk to the career advisor at Year 9 parents evening.

Sixth Form students will be able to access careers appointments with a careers advisor on request to Mr Burton at the Careers Office or Mrs Way in the Sixth Form Office.

April – July

Year 10 students start to think and prepare about the future and plan for the new term in September when they will be moving into Year 11. Some students will be given the opportunity to talk to the Careers Adviser about their future plans and they can ask for an appointment in school via Mr Burton or by contacting the Careers Adviser direct.

Need help with finance?

Discretionary Learner support is available in colleges and sixth forms to help with learning costs. The funds are prioritised for those who face financial hardship. The funds are available directly from your college or learning provider so you will have to apply direct to them. Each college and learning provider has its own application process. For more information speak to your Careers Adviser or direct to the college/learning provider you are applying to.

What to expect from a Careers Interview


Support for Adults
There is a service available to adults that offers free information, advice and guidance called The National Careers Service. If you are 18 and over you can receive support for the following: 

  • CVs, Interview skills,
  • Job search
  • Careers Advice
  • Courses/training,
  • Applications forms
  • Funding

If you would like to see a Careers Service Adviser please contact 077028622245 or email:



Copies of the above booklets are available from the Careers Centre. Please call in and collect.

please check individual websites for more details.

USEFUL WEBSITES FOR RESEARCH ON CAREER/COURSES - Choose “Careers Advice” on the home page and go to “Job Profiles”. You will find over 750 job profiles, and each of them gives you the essential information you need on what the job involves and how to get into it. - This is for those who wish to look at applying for apprenticeships. - helps students make informed choices about higher education – you can also research entry requirements for specific degree courses.

We measure and assess the impact of the careers provision at the school by:-
fortnightly meeting with the Principal and Careers lead
student questionnaires on 
                                                 work experience
                                                 mock interviews
staff questionnaires on class provision of careers
review of work termly by compass tracker for Gatsby benchmarks
termly review with Careers advisor (prospects)
questionnaire and feedback from external providers eg. Careers Fair
review impact in regards Holy Spirit Experience.

Date of next review : Annually October Half Term