Debbie Pasfield –Careers/Pathways Adviser

Ray Gullen – Transition Support

John Scott – Co-Ordinator of PSHCE


We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage students to consider a wide range of careers. The careers programme in school offers information, guidance support and advice to assist students with making well informed realistic career decisions.

In particular we intend our students to:

Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and student’s ability to respond to changing opportunities

  • develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance
  • develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making choices
  • develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.


Our Careers Adviser is available to see students every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and offers a drop in service at breaks and lunchtimes to all year groups. There is also an appointment system for individual careers guidance interviews.  Appointments can be booked by students, parents, staff and key workers.Career sessions within the PSHCE programme are delivered at key transition points

  • The Adviser can be contacted via telephone on 0113 390 0770 ext 277 or by e-mail
  • Careers includes both education and guidance. Careers education helps our students develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in lessons. We have a well-resourced Careers Library containing a wide range of careers.


Post 16

One to one Career Guidance – interviews supplemented with Careers Action Plan. Students in Year 12 and Year 13 all have equal access to the school careers and guidance counsellor. In addition to providing advice and support, we also focus on auditing CV’s, improving interview technique and arranging college and employer visits. All meetings are strictly confidential, impartial and include young people and their families.

HE Visit – All Year 12 students visit University of Newcastle or the University of Leeds prior to them deciding whether to apply to HE. We also invite in various other Higher Education providers to speak to our students about the merits of further study

Employer talks/Taster days – Local employers recruiting apprentices and past students give presentations to interested students throughout the year. In the previous few years, British Aerospace systems, Unilever and Leeds based law firms have visited the school to over insight to your students of particular programmes that target Yr12/13 leavers.

East Leeds Apprenticeship Event – aimed at raising awareness of apprenticeships as an option, with opportunities to talk to a variety of Apprenticeship Providers.

Higher Education day – Activities and speakers cover a wide range of topics from Student Finance, how to reply to offers, choosing the right bank account and preparing to live independently.

Professional Day – All students in both Year 12 and 13 take part in a range of activities that are focused on preparing students for the next stage in their lives. Focus is on interview technique, responding to pressure, completing interview tasks (such as an in-tray exercise) and developing the self confidence in our students.

Kaisen – Weekly programme for non HE Year 13 students run by an external consulting company to increase their employability skills. This voluntary scheme worked with a small number of students to focus on addressing specific aptitudes and qualities they felt they were missing before entering the world of work.

Leeds Pathways