Mr Adam Sterling – Careers Leader
For all careers matters please contact Mr Sterling [email protected]

Our mission statement at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School is for all students to live life to the full.  In careers education, this translates as every student making the right choices for their progression.  We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.  By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for whichever pathway they choose.

Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School:

  • to raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons
  • to inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work
  • to provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential
  • to provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the student
  • to provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
  • to develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

This website is maintained and regularly updated by the Careers Team, so please check here for all of our latest news, information and up-to-date advice regarding careers at Sacred Heart.

School Careers Plan

The School Careers Plan sets out how the School provides a fit for purpose careers programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths.  The Careers Plan is based on the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” (January 2018) and has been informed by Good Careers Guidance “The Gatsby Benchmarks.”

For more detailed information on our careers programme:

Careers Annual Plan 2018-2019

Careers Policy 2018 – 2020

The Careers programme is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.  The next review will take place in July 2019.

For all careers matters please contact Mr Adam Sterling on [email protected]

The CEIAG Team

At Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School, the CEIAG team co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the School Careers Plan. The CEIAG team comprise of:

  • Mr Adam Sterling (Careers Leader)
  • Ms Bronach McConville (Senior Leader for Safeguarding, Senior Leader monitor for CEIAG and Citizenship/PSHE)
  • Mrs Jenny Haley (Careers Assistant)
  • Mr Sean Hartley (Governor for CEIAG)

In addition, this is supported by both the Pastoral and SEN teams.

To contact a member of the CEIAG team, please e-mail the main school office on [email protected] and/or Adam Sterling at [email protected] requesting the name of the person with whom you wish to speak.

Provider Access Policy Statement

Providers wishing to access pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about education or training offers should follow the procedure laid down in the Schools Provider Access Policy.

A copy of our Provider Access Policy Statement can be found on our policies page.

Post-16 Pathways and Post-18 Progression

The School provides in-school guidance and independent advice from external consultants Prospects to ensure our students receive the impartial advice that they need.  As part of our careers programme, Year 10 and 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. Students in years 7-9 and 12 – 13 can request a careers guidance interview.

Employer Links

To support our delivery of careers, the School has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, workplace visits, guest speakers, curriculum support.

Please see our latest news on the Sacred Heart Careers Website for examples of the latest careers events and activities.

Current Information and useful resources for students and parents

A dedicated Sacred Heart Careers Website can be found at                                                                                                      The website contains a wealth of up to date careers information for both students and parents, including current opportunities, latest news, information on different pathways and the most pertinent careers advice. General information is available via the homepage, however registration is required to access the full range of advice. Pupils will register for use during Citizenship and PSHE lessons, and we encourage parents to register independently at home. To do so, parents require the School exam number: 12843

Start is an online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. Start combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. Start can also be used by parents. We strongly encourage parents to discuss and continue to use Start alongside their daughters outside of the classroom.

Kudos is another heavily used online programme. Kudos helps students to access the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destinations. If students are unsure of what careers they might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what they like and dislike. They can also discover what careers different subjects can lead to.

Additional resources that may be useful to parents and students:

  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.
  • UCAS is the centralised service that sixth form students can use to apply to university. The website provides information and deadlines on how to apply, and the different options available to students. It also has handy links to funding websites and information on what it is like to study at university.
  • CareersBox is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
  • Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child’s future career prospects.
  • Parental Guidance offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

For additional links, please see the Sacred Heart Careers Website.

Measuring the impact of our careers programme

The Careers Leader, with support from other members of the CEIAG team monitors and evaluates the careers offer within the school.

The Schools progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit.

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, staff, governors and our partners.  This feedback is collected through questionnaires and focus groups following key careers activities each year.  Data from Careers Web, Start (Track reporting system) and destinations is also used to evaluate outcomes.

This information is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to the Senior Leadership Team at regular SLT meetings and through school reporting systems. Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan and the School Development Plan.

External provision is monitored and evaluated through the Schools Quality Assurance procedures including observations, work scrutinies, student, and if appropriate parental, voice.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back the Senior Leadership Team at regular SLT meetings. Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan and the School Development Plan.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities or employment.  Destination data (Dfe) is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors.  Action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan and the School Development Plan.

A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  This is ratified by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors.

Contact Details

For general enquiries about careers at the School, please contact the school office on [email protected]    Tel: 01708 222660

For more specific enquiries, please contact:

Mr Adam Sterling – Careers Leader

[email protected]

Website information correct as of 3rd September 2018.

Review Date: July 2019