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Careers Education and Guidance

We are committed to ensuring all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. With a full-time careers professional and a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7 -13, we believe our students are well-prepared for their futures. All staff at Whitmore High School play an active role in preparing them. We have a varied programme of careers education that is delivered through PSHCE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and during form time. We are committed to following The Gatsby Benchmarks which underpin the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy.

 All students will:

  • Learn about careers and have access to labour market information.
  • Receive career guidance that addresses the individual needs of each student.
  • Learn about careers through the curriculum.
  • Experience encounters with employers and employees.
  • Have first-hand experience of workplaces.
  • Have encounters with further and higher education.
  • Receive personal guidance
  • Year

Some examples of our Careers Programme include……


Access to career books in the library and careers staff for any questions

“Dragons’ Den” activity in PSHCE led by the Business department, introducing students to the world of business and enterprise


1:1 careers advice and GCSE Options guidance meeting

Using the Kudos diagnostic programme in PSHCE lesson prior to making decisions about GCSE


Small group careers meetings with our careers consultant to discuss an introduction to post-16 options.

University visits e.g. Engineering at Brunel


Work experience programme: one-week work experience and PSHCE preparation for work experience

Job interview experience days


Information and guidance to Year 11 on post-16 applications and choices.

Advice and support on applying for  apprenticeships


UCAS programme including University Fair and visiting speakers

Advice and support on applying for apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships

Work experience programme for vocational (BTEC) students

Spring and Summer schools e.g. Oxbridge, Medicine, Sutton Trust


Our knowledgeable Careers Team are located in the Learning Resource Centre where there is also a wide range of careers literature -  pamphlets, brochures, books, websites - for students to read.

For more information, or to book a personal consultation, please contact our Careers team:


Telephone:    0208-864-7688

Careers Team:

Ms V. Sullivan - Careers Coordinator (available from Monday to Friday in the library – drop in sessions at break and lunch)

Mr G. McInnes - Careers Consultant (available on Thursday and Friday and every second Wednesday - drop in sessions at break, lunch and after school)

Mr D Topley -  Assistant Headteacher i/c Careers