The core intent and ambition of our Careers Programme:

Young people are faced with a complex set of demands when preparing for their future careers. Woldgate School aims to ensure that students are self-confident, skilled and career-ready. This is achieved through a comprehensive programme of carefully planned activities that enable pupils to decide, and embark on, pathways that are right for them beyond their school experience; and for them to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. Our programme starts in Year 7 through Year 13, and is based on the nationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks. 

The programme follows the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance which are: 

  • A stable careers programme 
  • Learning from career and labour market information 
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil 
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  • Encounters with employers and employees 
  • Experiences of workplaces 
  • Encounters with further and higher education 
  • Personal guidance 

We review all our activity throughout the year on Compass +, with governors, and the local LEP which supports reviews and ensures we are follow all eight of Gatsby benchmarks to the highest standard 

Careers and IAG staff at Woldgate:

Careers Lead: Paul Barrett

Governor link: Patrick John

SLT link: Kyle Macdonald

Independent Careers Advisor: Suzanne Mason

SENCO: Kirsten McKie and Kate France

Pupil support with Careers

Pupils are supported in the following ways to develop their knowledge, skills and aspirations:

  • Skills for Life Programme
  • Careers curriculum in PDS
  • Careers links in curriculum subjects
  • Careers Fairs
  • Activities in National Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week and National Enterprise Day
  • Off time-table events and opportunities
  • Work Experience
  • Careers pathways
  • Visits to Further and Higher education establishments
  • Visiting speakers from industry
  • Links with the Careers and Enterprise Company and our link company, Rollit’s Solicitors

Our Careers Programme: Outline

You can see our CEIAG Curriclum outline below: 

Careers Plan 2023-2024 

And our Career Policy here: 

Career Policy 

Parent Support with Careers

Please see below a number of ways you can support young people in their early career search:

• Attend parent’s information evenings in year 9 and 11 so that you understand the next steps and opportunities available to your child.

• Encourage them to explore the different options available at 14, 16 and 18 such as apprenticeships, college, sixth form, degree apprenticeships or university.

• Encourage your child to consider which of their subjects they enjoy, and how this might link to future careers.

• Discuss their next steps with them – guide them to make realistic and aspirational choices.

• Help dispel common misconceptions of the workplace. For example, that certain jobs are for men or women, that apprenticeships are only for practical vocations like engineering, or that students need to wait until they start looking for work before they gain experience of the wider world of work.

• Help them explore the jobs and training opportunities that are available locally, or through the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ section of the government website.

• Encourage your son or daughter to use local Labour Market Information to support their career choices. You will find a link to the LMI Humber website below.

• Encourage them to develop their skills and qualities by participating in extra-curricular activities (personal development)

• Encourage them to attend school, be punctual and wear the correct uniform – this is preparing them for the workplace

Information for Employers

We are always interested in making new connections and links with local and national employers. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved, we are a forward thinking team and always looking for new ways to strengthen our offering.

• The Careers fairs – further education, apprenticeship and job providers are welcome to participate in our events. This year we are hosting an Apprenticeship fair in November and a Careers fair in March.

• Work experience – we will always welcome work experience placement opportunities from employers so if you think that you can help.

• Assemblies or lesson talks – if you feel that you can help with our assemblies or would like to give a talk to students in lessons, please contact us and will we work in conjunction to do our best to make this a reality

• Mentoring – should you feel that you can offer regular support to some of our students, please contact us as this is a very rewarding experience for both the mentor and mentee.

Any provider wishing to contact the school should see Woldgate’s provider access policy below. If you feel your organisation can support students in planning their future careers, please contact Mr P Barrett.

Our provider access statement can be found here. 

If you think you could contribute to our Careers programme, would like to be a part of the Employer Led programme, or are interested in joining our Alumni register please contact Mr P Barrett.

Woldgate School Industry Partners

Useful Links for Parents and Teachers
LMI for All
LMI Humber
Local Sector Profiles
UCAS: Parent information
Amazing Apprenticeships: Parent pack
What are T Levels?
New National Minimum Wage Rates
A Parents’ Toolkit for Career Conversations

Useful Links for Pupils
National Careers Service
BBC Bitesize Careers
LMI for AllLMI Humber
Local Sector Profiles
ASK Apprenticehips
New National Minimum Wage Rates
Student CV Template
Student CV Layout Guide
Hobbies & Interests to include on a CV
CV Writing Guide
Information on T Levels – This is the government’s guidance on all education and training options available to students. A T Level is a nationally-recognised qualification for 16-19 year olds.
National Careers Service – Education and Training Choices

Generally useful websites:


Information about apprenticeships


Online prospectus for post 16 study in Hull and the East Riding

UCAS (Online prospectus for university and college)

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Information about the jobs economy in the Humber area)

Enterprise Partnership (Information about the jobs economy in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding)

Labour Market information (Find out which jobs are in demand now and in the future)

Alliance Sector Skills Council (Represents the voice of employers)

Not going to uni (A website which explores the alternatives to university)

Yorkshire and Humber careers advice service (A website specifically aimed at giving information about our local economy)

Explore aspects of different industries:

Information about post 16 and post 18 options:


 Please explore the CEIAG section of the website further. If you have any questions regarding CEIAG provision at the school, please contact the Careers Coordinator at: [email protected]



In recognition of our dedication to providing good quality CEIAG, Woldgate was awarded the Humber Gold Standard for CEIAG in March 2016.                    


Care & Achievement Coordinators

Our Care & Achievement Coordinators support pupils in each year group, and are the main point of contact between parents, pupils and school.  If you have any queries, please contact the appropriate Care & Achievement Coordinator in the first instance.

Year 7 - Mrs McDonough - 07980 702715 - [email protected]

Year 8 - Mrs Cross - 07790 987131 - [email protected]

Year 9 - Mrs Cavanagh - 07790 987139 - [email protected]

Year 10 - Mr Joseph - 07790 987142 - [email protected]

Year 11 - Mrs Clark - 07790 987009 - [email protected]

Sixth Form - Mrs Fairhurst - 07790 987137 - [email protected]

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Coordinator - Mrs Wright - 07790 987007 - [email protected]

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Sloman - 01759 302395 - [email protected]

Attendance Officer - Mrs O'Brien - 01759 302395 - [email protected]

Attendance and Wellbeing Coordinator - Mrs Sanchez-Ewbank - [email protected]

If you require paper copies of any documents on our website please contact the school office (contact details below).

General Enquiries >

Woldgate School and Sixth Form College
92 Kilnwick Road
YO42 2LL
t 01759 302395 e-mail [email protected]

Sixth Form >

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Woldgate School and Sixth Form College, an Academy, is part of the Wolds Learning Partnership, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number: 10518602. Registered Office: 92 Kilnwick Road Pocklington, York YO42 2LL.