Here at Sharples School we are committed to each pupil achieving their full potential. Through a structured forward-looking strategy, our careers programme aims to bring out the best in everyone, operating across the curriculum and through specific careers-focused activity, to offer a broad and balanced exposure to post-16 pathways and possible career paths. The content and delivery of Careers Education and Guidance is co-ordinated by Mr. R. Poole (the Learning Skills for Life Co-ordinator). Our careers support has two components – careers education (CE) and impartial advice and guidance (IAG).

The Careers Education programme is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed and successful choices, rewarding them in the world of work.

Impartial Advice and Guidance is provided by our Careers Advisor, Oona Banner, and supports pupils in the process of making informed decisions about the post-16 learning and work that is available to them.

Our aim is to support pupils in the decision-taking which faces them in their final year at Sharples School.  They have to consider possible career paths and post-16 education pathways.  As a school, we will:

  • encourage the development of self-awareness and independent thinking;
  • help them to understand the decision-making process;
  • equip them with information on current opportunities;
  • provide appropriate resource materials for research and evaluation;
  • offer support from our guidance team;
  • promote a culture in which the pupils set for themselves aspirational goals, which will advance their interests and passions.


Cross Curriculum Approach

Careers Education is part of the PSHCE programme and is delivered via Super Learning Days and registration activities. Additional activities are provided at appropriate times, for example prior to options being selected.

Pupils at the school now apply for post-16 educational establishments using ‘UCAS Progress’, an on-line application tool, which they can access in and out of career and lesson time.


Careers Events

We offer pupils a range of career events each academic year:

  • a Careers Evening or Achievement Evening in school will each run, rotating year about;
  • four subject-specific careers evening events, linked to curriculum areas where possible;
  • Raising Aspirations Week (July, Year 10), which enables pupils to participate in a range of activities linked to post-16 educational opportunities;
  • employability skills and personal development workshops;
  • visiting speakers from both higher education institutions and the work place.


Relationships with Parents

We recognise that parents have a major role to play in the area of careers, both in terms of encouraging and supporting their children and in supporting the school in its endeavours to promote a wide variety of careers information.  Should parents wish to come into school and discuss careers opportunities for their child with any member of staff, they are most welcome to arrange an appointment.

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Provider Access Statement

Click here to view the Provider Access Statement.


Information for Year 11

Your Careers Calendar

Guide to Writing Personal Statement

Applying for Post 16 pathways

UCAS Progress User Guide


Information for Years 7 to 11
Impartial and independent information on hundreds of careers including careers with different school subjects. See Oona for login details.

Websites to use to explore careers:
The National Careers service  – navigate from here to their collection of 750+ Job Profiles.
Film clips of hundreds of people telling you about how they got their jobs.
Science, Technology Engineering and Maths Careers.


Post 16 Options:
Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.
Search and apply for Post 16 courses at 6th form and colleges and training providers offering apprenticeships.
Guide by the Russell Group of universities to making decisions about post 16 education.