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Our Careers Programme

Careers Guidance at Millthorpe connects learning to the future and is an integral part of Personal, Social and Health Education. Our aim is to motivate students by giving them a clearer idea of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. We believe our careers guidance widens our students’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. We support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students. The programme includes:

  • Year 7: This year the focus is on students settling into and being part of the Millthorpe community. Students are made aware of links to future career paths throughout the curriculum.
  •  Year 8: This year the focus is on My Career Journey. Students are encouraged to recognise their skills and current achievements and link them into future aspirations.
  • Year 9: This year the focus is on Your Future. Students are supported in choosing their option subjects. All students will have a visit to a local university.
  • Year 10: This year the focus is on Preparation for Employment. All students take part in a two week Work Experience placement at the end of the Summer Term. In January they take part in a Preparation for Employment event which looks at vital skills such as CV writing and interview skills. Students also take part in a Mock Interview day in March. All students are offered the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as the Young Enterprise scheme run by City of York Chamber of Commerce.
  • Year 11: This year the focus is on Exploring Pathways. All students have the opportunity to have an individual interview with our independent Careers Advisor, Rachel Howlett. There is also an Exploring Pathways event in school which includes a mini Careers Fair, talks from local Post 16 providers, Colleges and Sixth Forms, as well as Universities, Employers and Apprenticeship providers. In the Autumn term students can attend Post 16 Open Evenings before taking part in the City of York Taster Day sessions in January.
  • All Years: Trips and visits are run throughout the year linking careers to a number of subject areas. Recent examples include a Women in STEM visit to GCHQ, and Future Engineers visit to the National Railway Museum.

How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme

We will evaluate the success of the careers programme by:

  • External Review: In 2017 the school’s excellent work in providing a first class careers education to all students was recognised by receiving the prestigious Quality in Careers standard. In the report the assessor highlighted particular strengths of the school’s CEIAG provision, including: ‘Inclusivity is outstanding, with strong evidence of tailored support and excellent outcomes for most vulnerable students’, and ‘There is strong leadership and commitment to CEIAG with good communication links between all those involved in CEIAG.’
  • Published data: The Department for Education publishes a range of data on pupil destinations at 16 and 18 and we compare our school with all schools in England.
  • Evaluating activities: We evaluate the success of each activity by asking our students and providers for feedback on the impact of all activities.

Our Careers Team

Our Careers Lead is Mr Noble who can be contacted by email on or by phone on 01904 686400.

Rachel Howlett is our impartial Careers Adviser and can be contacted by email on

Review of Information published

We will review the information published on our website on an annual basis and update/amend were necessary.

Provider Access Policy 2021

Careers Policy 2022

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