Careers Lead: Mr Iain Bellis


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At Crosby High School we have a great emphasis on our pupils having a careers programme in place that ensures that they are well equipped for the future and have the information needed to make realistic and informed decisions about further education, training and employment. This process starts in Year 7 and builds significantly through Years 8 to 11.

We make every effort to support all of our pupils into a positive destination that utilises their skills and interests. We do this through a rigorous careers programme. We also ensure that throughout Key Stage 4, our curriculum focuses heavily on ‘Employability’ skills.

The CHS Careers Programme.

Careers is taught as an integral element of the PSHE programme of study in each academic year.


Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 are all about developing self-awareness.

Pupils are also introduced to the world of work by matching jobs and necessary skills and understanding different career choices. Furthermore, employability skills are taught and the pupils complete a skills audit.


Year 9

Pupils are introduced to the importance and relevance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We also aim to incorporate a visit to a place of work through other areas of the curriculum.


Year 10

All Year 10 pupils engage in a period of work experience in the summer term. Throughout the year, the focus is on looking at career paths and local labour market information.

Visits to places of work are also experienced by pupils in this academic year. 

Pupils also begin to embark on a programme of ‘taster sessions’ at local FE Colleges.

All pupils begin to follow the Diploma Open Awards Diploma in ‘Skills for Further Learning and Employment’.


Year 11

In this year pupils write their CV’s.  They also look at rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Mock interviews are also an integral element of careers provision. These interviews are organised by ‘Elevate’ (an organisation which links business and enterprise with schools). Pupils also experience more ‘taster’ sessions at FE Colleges and other post 16 providers. Pupils also receive individual guidance interviews to help them to choose the correct post 16 pathway. There is also a post 16 information evening early in the autumn term.


Examples of careers education taught within other areas of the CHS curriculum


English: Within English, pupils write various types of letters, including those applying for jobs. Additionally, as part of their Functional Skills, pupils encounter practical ‘functional’ English skills which can be transferred to the next stage of their education.


Mathematics: The Functional Maths qualifications which pupils undertake across several levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 1 focus largely on skills for further life and learning. Pupils are encouraged to be able to apply important skills in Maths to real –life situations that they might encounter in post 16 education.


Employability : In Years 10 and 11 , all pupils undertake ‘Employability’ as an integral element of the curriculum. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the pupils for further learning and/or training. The Open Awards ‘Skills for Further Learning and Employment’ is an excellent starting point for vocational education and training. The course offers a mix of personal development and employability skills alongside a range of vocational sectors. 


Physical Education: In P.E, pupils are given plenty of opportunities to experience skills that are useful in the workplace. For example, pupils may take on basic leadership roles, they often use teamwork and are also encouraged to develop their communication skills. As pupils grow older, they are also encouraged to develop their problem solving skills.


Advice for Parents

Supporting your child with their plans for the future.

At Crosby High School, all pupils participate in careers sessions to help them prepare for their future. From Year 9 onwards and as part of The Education, Health and Care Plans there is a focus on goals and aspirations for the future at the annual review meeting. As a parent, you have a key role in this important career planning process.

By the end of Year 11, decisions will have been made about your child’s future. Each pupil will have had the opportunity to meet with their careers adviser and talk about the options that are open to them. 

We encourage you to find out about the options that are available for your child at the various post 16 providers. A list of these is underneath.


The calendar below shows what you need to do during Year 11 and the support that is available during such an important time.


September –December

  • Attend the post 16 event at Crosby High School

  • Explore the range of options in employment, training, further education colleges and any of the local SEND schools which provide post 16 education.

  • Consider pathways that fit around your child’s skills, interests and predicted grades.

  • Look at post 16 providers websites and prospectuses.

  • Go with your child to any post 16 providers’ open evenings/information events.

  • Encourage your child to speak to their teachers for more information or advice.

  • Ask to speak to Mr Bellis the Careers Lead at Crosby High School.

  • Use the SEND Local Offer to help you and your child find out more about the support available to meet any specific needs. Visit offer.

  • Ensure that you attend your child’s EHCP Review.

January – March


  • Application forms need to be completed by the end of January for some of the more popular courses.

  • Contact post 16 providers if your child is likely to need any additional support.

  • Ensure that you encourage your child to attend their individual careers guidance interview and support them to complete the actions outlined.



  • Check any costs for courses such as equipment for some post 16 options.

  • Discuss with student advisers if any finance is available for travel or equipment.





  • Your child will need to enrol at college if they have applied for a course starting in September.

Post 16 Providers that Crosby High School pupils’ regularly opt to go to are:


Hugh Baird College

Southport College

Myerscough College

Thornton College

Rowan Park School

Merefield School

Presfield School


Careers education is reviewed annually at the start of the academic year.

View our provider access document

Find us


Crosby High School

De Villiers Avenue



L23 2TH


Tel: 0151 924 3671 Fax: 0151 931 5083

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