Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

At Notre Dame, our careers programme has been designed to ‘open doors’ to the ambitious, happy and fulfilled futures mentioned in our mission statement.

In doing so, we strive to meet all aspects of the Gatsby Benchmarks and Baker Clause. Our careers programme supports all students in Years 7 to 13.

Careers Curriculum Journey 2021-22

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Careers Entitlement


All students at Notre Dame Catholic College will:

Take part in a careers programme in years 7-13 that helps them to:

  • Understand their education, training, employment and other progression opportunities
  • Develop the skills they need to plan and manage their own personal development and career progression
  • Access relevant information and learning through participation in the range of activities provided in house and external visits
  • Make and maintain individual progression plans to help them improve their prospects of success
  • Offer feedback and ideas of how to improve the careers programme

Have access to and support with using careers information that is:

  • Easy to find and available at convenient times and in convenient locations including online and the Connected Portal
  • Clearly labelled, referenced and comprehensive, giving details of all progression opportunities and associated support arrangements such as financial help
  • Unbiased and up to date

Obtain careers guidance that is:

  • Impartial
  • Confidential
  • Focused on individual needs and fit for purpose
  • Supportive of equal opportunities
  • Provided by people with relevant training and expertise
Parents and Carers

All parents and carers can expect to:

  • Be able to make an appointment with a member of staff or specialist adviser to discuss their children’s progress and future career pathway
  • Have access to tutors, subjects, learning partners and specialist advisers at parents’ evenings in years 7-13 as well as Options evenings in years 9 and 11
  • Be invited to feedback on the careers programme as well as the careers support and information their child/children receive
  • Be invited to participate in careers and information events

In addition to the careers education programme, students have access to one-to-one advice and guidance from a Level 6 qualified careers adviser. Notre Dame holds the Quality in Careers Standard Award in recognition of the range and quality of our careers related activities.

Key Staff with a responsibility to careers.

Mrs A M Costello
Deputy Headteacher
has overall responsibility for CEIAG

Mrs G Hall
Careers Coordinator
is the nominated Careers Leader and Careers Adviser who has day to day responsibility for the Careers Education programme , information and careers related activities in school. She can be contacted on or on the main school phone number.

Miss Kath Wyke
Link Governor for CEIAG

Miss Maria Martin
Enterprise Coordinator, Careers and Enterprise Company

Ms Amanda Follit
Enterprise Adviser, Senior Manager EPAM and LCR Digital Skills Adviser

Evaluation/Quality Assurance

The school is committed to providing CPD opportunities for the Careers Leader on an ongoing basis. Regular meetings with the school’s Enterprise Coordinator and wider LCR Hub team ensure a robust programme which meets all of the criteria of Gatsby benchmarks and Government Statutory Guidance.

This combined with extensive pupil voice, parent and external provider comments ensures that the career programme at Notre Dame is robust and caters for the needs of all students. We hold the Quality in Careers Standard Award and are currently working for reaccreditation November 2021.

Annual Monitoring and Evaluations

Reviews with CEC Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser Regular reviews between the Careers leader, SLT and the governing body (Life of the School Committee) Pupil Voice, evaluations for all year groups after each event/activity Internal monitoring which includes, reports from pastoral staff and curriculum leaders.

The Careers Leader conducts an annual careers audit for each curriculum subject. Careers Education is monitored and evaluated through the wider PHSCE programme as well.

There is an annual review of the Year 12 Work Experience Programme to the evaluate how relevant placements have been in relation to the students’ careers plans and the quality of these experiences.


All destinations of year 11,12 and 13 students are collated by the Careers leader, who collaborates with staff from the local authority and the Post 16 Careers Outreach Team to ensure students at risk of being NEET are supported. The Careers Leader monitors the destinations of school leavers for 3 years after they leave.

Careers Programme 20/21

Provider Access Policy 2021

Online careers platforms portals available to students and parents.

As a school we are currently subscribed to a range of online career planning tools to support students and their parents/carers. Joining instructions for these sites are sent via Class Charts.

If you or your child have issues logging on to these sites please contact me at

Useful Links.


The following websites can support with your research and career planning.


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Start Profile

Click “sign up” School Registration Code is MC494N7M

Employers and other stakeholders

We welcome support from new employers or businesses that would like to support our careers programme in some way. Some examples of how you can support our students and staff include: careers fairs, mock interviews, assembly talks, skills focus sessions, supporting curriculum lessons.

If you would like to discuss partnering with us please contact Mrs Gayle Hall Careers Leader on or telephone 0151 330 5122 ext 135