Careers Advice and Work-Related Learning

Here at St Katherine's School we aim to guide, support and empower students to make informed decisions about their future.  Our careers programme is integrated throughout the school from Years 7 to 13 to meet the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks which are embedded in the government’s career strategy.  This enables students to maximise their own potential and go onto a career that they will not only enjoy but thrive in.

We provide a wide range of activities throughout the year designed to engage, encourage and inspire out students to think about their own future.  For example:

  • Year 7 and 8 trip to the Big Bang Science Fair
  • Barclays Life Skills Training
  • Year 10 trip to World Skill Show
  • Year 10 Work Experience week
  • Year 11 one to one with careers coach
  • 6th form interview and skills day
  • 6th Form work experience
  • Regular school careers displays
  • Pathways Employability Programme
  • Regular talks from employers for all year groups 

The St Katherines careers program is assessed on a termly basis by taking the COMPASS self-assessment tool. The Gatsby benchmarks help us to reflect on our careers offer and implement improvements. You can see our most recent COMPASS assessment here. We publish the review termly.

The Careers Team

  • Work Related Careers Advisor – Sara Gardiner
  • Year 10, 12 and 13 Work Experience – Sara Gardiner
  • Careers Advisor – Jo Flanagan
  • Head of 6th Form – Geraint Davies
  • Any student who would like any careers advice can contact Mrs Flanagan on 01275 373 737.  Mrs Flanagan works on a Wednesday.  For anything work related you contact Ms Gardiner on the same number Monday-Wednesday. 

Access to Bristol

St Katherine's have close links with the University of Bristol and many year 12 and year 13 students participate in the Access to Bristol and Pathways to Health Science programmes every year.  In 2019-20, 15 students from St. Katherine’s took part.

Students attend a series of sessions on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. The sessions give an idea of what it is like to study at the University of Bristol, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.

In addition to Access to Bristol, 13 students last year took part in other activities at the University, such as Taster Days and Options Conferences.

Taking part shows a commitment to further study that strengthens university applications. Students who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020).”