St Monica's RC High School

Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1JH

0161 773 6436

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Careers Introduction

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St Monica’s

At St Monica’s we recognise our role in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges they will experience post school. In response we have developed a CEIAG programme that enables them to explore their options, develop their life skills and prepare them for the future.

Our unique programme underlines our commitment to ensure young people achieve during their time at St Monica’s and beyond, by providing students with the information and necessary skills to make informed decisions about their future and a positive transition to post 16 education or training.

The CEIAG programme we offer is delivered to all students in Years 7 to 11 through Citizenship lessons, in partnership with outside agencies, local colleges and training providers, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers. As part of the programme young people progress through a series of structured lessons, activities in schools, assemblies, external trips and events that are differentiated and personalised to them.

The CEIAG Team

St Monica’s have a dedicated team who work together to offer high quality, impartial advice and guidance. As well as having all pastoral and subject area teams on board there is also a dedicated Careers team. They are:

Mr K Mullin
Careers Lead/Coordinator 

Mr I Shaw
Deputy Head responsible for CEIAG 

Mrs U Anthony
Head of Citizenship 

All Heads of Year and associated form teachers

Miss J Lancaster
Career Service Adviser (Positive Steps) 

The Quality in Careers Standard

In July 2017, the school gained this nationally recognised careers award. We strive to comply with the ‘best practices’ in CEIAG and continually evaluate and update the provision available to young people within school. In addition, we are committed to embedding career education within all curriculum areas and ensuring our staff are able to provide appropriate and timely advice and support.

To maintain the award, the school is constantly keeping up to date with changes and in particular ensuring we meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks. The award has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality CEIAG for organisations that provide support services for young people.

The award has six key areas, outlined below, run through each stage of the award and all are underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and the raising of aspiration

• Management and Leadership
• Design and Delivery of CEIAG
• Working with Partners
• Information and Communication
• Outcomes for Young People
• Involving Parents and Carers

In line with the award, we are also aiming to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Raising the Participation Age

From summer 2015 the law changed and all young people are now required to continue in education or training until the year in which they turn 18. As a school we fully support this change and believe that the aspirations of our students can best be met by them moving into education, training or employment when they leave us.

Further information regarding this change can be found at

We want our young people to leave school with an understanding of the society they live in, and with the social and moral awareness to succeed in adult society.