St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy


Welcome to our Careers Homepage.

We are proud to announce that St Mary's has been recognised nationally as an 'outstanding' centre of excellence in careers advice!

In June 2016, St Mary’s was awarded the Career Connect Quality Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.  This confirms the high standards of support that students receive when planning their future pathways. You can read the full report by following this link.

CEIAG is available to all students from Year 7 through to Year 13. Our Careers Officer, Mrs Dutton is commissioned by the school to provide independent careers advice and guidance to students and she is available in school each week. An appointment can be made by emailing Mrs Dutton (parents are welcome to attend).

As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students. Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to our Careers Leader Mrs R McMahon with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the school, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

Quality award report

Below: St Mary's Careers Fair 2016

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Careers Fair 2016

A brief outline of our CEIAG programme

In Year 7 students will be encouraged to think about what careers are available and how people achieve those careers. They will be able to identify their own skills and qualities and link these to the skills that employers find important. There will also be visits to class by members of staff who will discuss their careers with the students

In Year 8 students will have the opportunity to look at different career paths and activities are completed to investigate the previous careers of some celebrities. The concept of employability skills will be developed and students will think about which skills they need to develop to be successful. There will also be sessions on equality and diversity to help students challenge common misconceptions about gender and employment.

In Year 9 students will be encouraged to think about their own career pathway and they will spend some time using internet resources to research different jobs and find out about the salary available and the qualifications needed. Local job market information will be provided to help students identify where potential future employment opportunities may exist.

In Year 10 & Year 11 students will look at the pathways available to them after their GCSEs. This will include an induction to our Sixth Form, and some information about apprenticeships, college courses and employment opportunities. Students will be expected to produce a CV, Personal Statement and a Career Plan for their Progress File to help them prepare for their future destinations.  All students in Yr11 will complete a ‘mock interview’ with a business volunteer to help improve their confidence when applying for courses or employment

In our Sixth Form, all students have the opportunity to complete work experience with a local employer. Sessions are also held to develop employability skills and time is spent making sure that CVs are up to date and students are fully prepared for what lies ahead. There is also a full programme of support for students wishing to continue to their studies at university.

We hold an annual Careers Fair each February and all students from Yr9 / Yr10 / Yr11 / Sixth Form have the opportunity to speak to local employers, universities, colleges and training providers.  This is a useful opportunity for our students to ask questions and find out more information about the different pathways available to them.

Please click on the menu button above for useful links.

 (Please let Mrs McMahon know if you have any questions: