How we support careers.

At St Leonard’s Catholic School, we believe in equipping our students with the necessary tools and guidance to make fully informed decisions and embark confidently on their next journey, whether that’s pursuing apprenticeships or advancing into higher education.

At St Leonard’s we offer a wide range of support to our pupils. By collaborating with industry professionals, organising careers fairs, delivering careers sessions during tutor time and facilitating work experience placements, we ensure our pupils are exposed to real-world scenarios, enriching their understanding of various professions.

Our careers programme isn’t just about offering advice; it’s a structured framework designed to support our pupils at key stages in their academic careers, explore a diverse range of career paths and offer one-on-one guidance tailored to individual aspirations. We foster an environment where students can explore, reflect and make informed decisions about their future.

The Careers Lead at St Leonard’s Catholic School is Alex McVeigh. You can contact us using the contact form here.

The full CEIAG Policy and Provider Access Policy can be read by clicking the link below. The policy is reviewed and evaluated annually and is next due to be renewed in June 2024.

An overview of the full careers pathway from Year 7 to Year 13 is found below.

The detail of each year group is given below:

Year 7

Session 1: My Skills and Interests 

Session 2: Becoming an aspirational student 

Session 3: Resilience  

Session 4: Work Ethic and Motivation 

Year 8

Session 1: College vs. Sixth Form 

Session 2: University vs. Apprenticeship 

Session 3: Teamwork Skills 

Session 4: Communication Skills 

Session 5: Self-Awareness 

Session 6: Labour Market Information 

Year 9

Session 1: Workplace Skills 

Session 2: Completing Application Forms 

Session 3: Organisational Structures 

Session 4: Enterprising Skills 

Session 5: Introduction to Unifrog 

Year 10

Session 1: The Right Career for Me 

Session 2: STEM Careers 

Session 3: How to Network 

Session 4: What Employers are Looking For 

Session 5: Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace 

Session 6: CV Workshop 

Session 7: Preparing for Work Experience 

Year 11

Session 1: Plans Beyond St Leonard’s: Making the Right Decision for Me 

Session 2: Preparing for Interviews 

Session 3: Making a Good First Impression 

Session 4: NCS 

Year 12

Session 1: Opportunities in Sixth Form 

Session 2: VESPA: Skillset 

Session 3: What are my Next Steps? An Introduction to Universities 

Session 4: Apprenticeships: What are the Levels? 

Session 5: How to Approach Employers 

Session 6: Work Experience 

Year 13

Session 1: Preparing for Interviews 

Session 2: UCAS/Apprenticeship Support 

Session 3: Personal Statements 

Session 4: Apprenticeship Talks 

Session 5: Life Beyond St Leonard’s  

Measuring the Impact of Careers Education at St Leonard’s

  • Careers activity observations (for example lessons, individual careers interviews, career guidance, activities/events, work experience).
  • Work scrutiny of pupils’ files/exercise books.
  • Scrutiny of sample careers interview action plans.
  • Feedback discussions with focus groups of pupils, parents/carers, staff, employer representatives.
  • Annual audit of Careers Guidance.
  • Governors updates.

The Effectiveness of Guidance Activities is Evaluated Through:

  • Attainment and achievement key indicators
  • Destinations of our pupils
  • Analysis of monitoring information as above

We will know we have been successful when continue to have high numbers of pupils progressing to
apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, apprenticeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. We will aim to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

We use the Destination Measures data, published by the Department for Education, to assess how successfully their pupils make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and data provided to us by the Local Authority e.g. Year 11 Leavers destinations.

| Page Views | 299

Updated | 10th January, 2024 |

Latest News

EXAUDI – In dew of roses

On Tuesday the 13th February, a very special concert took place at Durham’s magnificent Town Hall. James Weeks, the conductor of Exaudi, a small professional chamber choir, has been working on composition with Year 13 A Level music pupils since the spring of 2023. Following a series of workshops in school, the compositions were finally performed […]

Ushaw – Thank you and Farewell!

In October 2023 the school moved Year 7 and 8 to Ushaw College, so we could resume Face to Face Teaching for all year groups as soon as possible. This allowed the school to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, and we are grateful that Durham University and Ushaw were able to be accommodate us […]


Six brilliant candidates have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success as they prepare for their A Levels. Thank you to Miss Bird and all the Sixth Form staff who have given excellent support – as ever – during the application process. 


Skip to content