Careers and Work Related Learning

The school is committed to providing the best possible careers advice and guidance, tailored to meet the individual needs of students.

There is a full programme of careers education across all year groups including timetabled lessons and extra curricular activities, which ensures that students are aware of the range of opportunities and choices that are available to them. All students also have access to a full programme of impartial advice, guidance and support, tailored to meet their individual needs, which provides information regarding progression into further or higher education and employment.

Although most students follow a traditional curriculum leading to the English GCSE Baccalaureate, there are vocational and applied options available at KS4, with a personalised, work-related curriculum available to the learners whose needs are best met by such a programme. In the Associated Sixth Form, most students follow A Level courses; however, there are applied A Level and vocational programmes available which are tailored to meet the needs of individual students. There are also close links with Harrogate College allowing us to offer more work-related courses at both Levels 2 & 3.


Mrs Dukes is Head of Careers for lower school and can be contacted on the main school number or via email . Mrs Dukes works closely with Mrs Bennett (Head of Careers at St Aidan’s) and Mrs Bones (independent Careers advisor) to provide a comprehensive careers education and guidance programme across all year groups.

Any outside providers wishing to speak to St John Fisher students should contact Mrs Dukes in the first instance.

In year 11 and the sixth form the Careers programme is run in partnership with St Aidan’s and our pupils have access to the wealth of resources at St Aidan’s. Specific Careers related information and further details can be found at:

Mr Melville is in charge of careers within the sixth form. Mr Melville works closely with senior tutors and the careers department at St Aidan’s to provide an integrated approach to careers education and guidance across both schools.

Departmental Aims

St John Fisher is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7 -13 and we seek to ensure we adhere to the guidelines as outlined in “Careers guidance and inspiration in Schools – statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff” March 2015.

In line with the statutory guidance above, we firmly believe that every child should leave school prepared for life in today’s society. High quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions. We can demonstrate that we fulfil this obligation and ensure our students develop high aspirations and consider a broad range of career options.

We aim to ensure all our students are able to have the skills and knowledge to:

  • develop an understanding of the world of work and how to respond to changes in today’s workplace
  • develop research skills to full utilise information, advice and guidance
  • develop self-knowledge and be confident in making decisions and career choices
  • develop skills required to review achievements, plan future actions and make decisions and handle the transition process
  • Full policy details and a breakdown of activities in each year group can be found on the school intranet. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Dukes at school or via:


CEG starts in Year 7. Pupils have access to a wide range of careers education and guidance through a series of activities including:

  • Off timetable days with a specific CEG focus
  • Tutor based activities based on the nationally recognised STEP programme. This begins in Year 7 and is written to meet current government guidelines for Careers Education and Guidance.
  • Meetings with independent careers advisors
  • Dedicated Careers lessons with PSCHEE
  • Options forums and events at key transition points
  • External talks and visits from universities, colleges and employers
  • Lunch time drop in sessions for all year groups – Careers office opposite F8 Monday, Tuesday and Friday Lunch times. Pupils can come and book appointments, ask questions and seek extra support on anything Careers related.

Tutors will follow the STEP programme, for more details click on the link below:

Step Programme

In addition to the planned programme pupils are also very welcome to request a careers interview. They can do this through contacting Mrs Dukes in school or via email ( Parents are very welcome to attend.

Further research- the following Websites provide useful information on supporting you son or daughter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Dukes at school. – Careers research

  • A computer programme, which suggests career ideas for you based on your response to a series of multiple-choice questions
  • You will need the licence code, contact Mrs Dukes for this – Careers information

  • A web-based resource, which will give you in-depth and up to date information on thousands of jobs.
  • A-Z of careers with really useful information and websites

Contact Mrs Dukes for the password. – Careers information

  • A web-based resource which provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities

 Associated Sixth Form

 Sixth Form Prospectus


  • Information on Apprenticeships available locally and nationally


Information on A Level Requirements

Information on Accredited Companies Offering Gap Year Opportunities