Careers Newsletters

Our careers education and guidance programme helps to develop students' awareness of their skills, talents and interests to enable them to make informed choices about their future.

Allerton High School is committed to delivering a careers programme that meets the Gatsby Benchmarks. The 8 benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance created to support schools and colleges in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance.

• To provide a stable careers programme in each of its academies
• To support learning from career and labour market information
• To address the needs of each pupil
• To link curriculum learning to careers where possible
• To provide encounters with employers and employees
• To provide opportunities for and guidance on workplace experiences
• To provide encounters with further and higher education
• To offer personalised, impartial guidance

The impact of our careers programme is measured by:

  • Student feedback/evaluations after 1:1 guidance meetings
  • Student evaluations after events/employer encounters
  • Analysing our Destination Data
  • Completing the Compass Careers Benchmark tool on a termly basis to evaluate our provision
  • Feedback from employers/guest speakers.
What help is on offer to all our students
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Career choice / planning / change
  • Employability Skills
  • CV writing / job applications
  • Preparing for job interviews
  • Finding part-time employment to complement your studies
  • Planning the next stage of your studies / Further Education / Higher Education (University)
  • Exploring study abroad
  • Information on Volunteering, work experience and Gap year opportunities
  • Sign posting to other agencies that help with a range of issues such as: funding, health, counselling, housing, etc

In school, we work closely with the PSE department to deliver the careers curriculum to students in the different year groups.

We use Unifrog an impartial, user-friendly careers platform that helps students to make the best choices and submit the strongest applications.

We also use JED another careers resource to explore choices and careers.

  • Years 7 & 8 - explore skills and qualities and how these could help them in their chosen careers.
  • Year 8 - options choices booklets. They also explore the world of work looking at skills, qualities within different careers.
  • Year 9 -  explore Options choices booklets and use Unifrog to identify their strengths, interests, qualities and related careers.
  • Year 10 - develop ideas and research further career options by using Unifrog and other websites.
  • Year 11 - focus on enhancing study skills and support through application process for 6th form, college or an apprenticeship
  • Post 16 - supported by experienced staff find out about other opportunities e.g. apprenticeships, training opportunities etc.

Leeds Next Steps

Leedsnextsteps campaign is aimed at 15-19 year olds and their parents/ carers who are still undecided on their plans for the next academic year.

We usually hold an event after GCSE results day called Leeds Next Steps where young people can talk to local colleges and apprenticeship providers, get information and advice about post- 16 learning opportunities, individual courses, apprenticeships and traineeships and find something to suit them.



All Apprenticeships, Higher Technical Qualifications, and T Levels are based on occupations recognised by employers. The Institute for Apprenticeships website have developed a series of Occupational Maps which bring these together to show where technical education can lead. There are 15 maps, one for each route.

You can explore a map by clicking on its name or the green chevron. Search for a specific occupation name using the Search for an occupation box.

You can view and download the maps on the website


Apprenticeships can be searched and applied for via


Going to University

A large number of our students go on to universities and it is important that they research the courses and universities so that they are able to make informed decisions. With 50,000 courses available at 310 institutions so students need to do some serious research to ensure they find the right course for them.

Questions to consider on choosing courses

  • What do I want to study?
  • Do I want a vocational course that will train me for a profession e.g. Radiography or do I want to study a subject I really enjoy e.g. Physics and specialise later on?
  • Should I study a completely new subject?
  • Can I combine subjects?
  • How do I want my course to be assessed - modular, coursework, exams?
  • Do I have the required entry grades for what I want to study?
  • Where can I study this course?
  • Does the University offer the courses I want to study?
  • What’s its reputation like? League table ratings?
  • How competitive is it to get a place – entry requirements?
  • How much teaching support and time can it offer me?
  • What are its teaching facilities, ICT resources like?
  • How far away from home do I want to be?
  • Do I want to live in a main city or more rural location?
  • Do I want to be at a large city centre university or on a Campus?
  • What are the costs – fees, accommodation, cost of living?
  • Does it offer a range of clubs and societies?
  • What’s the social scene like?


Post 16 - Informed Choices

You can find out more about all the Post 16 education and training choices including T Levels, traineeships, apprenticeships and higher technical qualifications - via ‘Get the Jump’ here


Employers Welcome

We welcome employers to talk about their sector:

If you would like to come and speak to our young people about your sector please contact Andy Haigh

Useful Careers Links for Students, Parents, Staff and Employers

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King Lane, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG
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