Careers Department

The Careers Department provide students from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 with a comprehensive programme (called QE Futures) designed to support and prepare them for the future.

Our QE Futures career programme recognises the importance of effective careers, education and guidance (CEIAG) to young people. The Careers Team sets high expectations for students to stretch their abilities and acquire the skills necessary for employment. This helps students, including the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs, to be the best that they can be with the gifts that they have.

Careers education is taught in Personal Development lessons and from visiting guest speakers. Students can also visit the Careers Department for individual support meetings and receive further information about career options. In Key Stage 5, students are provided additional support with university and job applications to maximise their chances of success.

Toni's Story

In the QE Faculty Class of 2022, Deputy Head Girl, Toni, won the ISA Lexden Prize for Most Outstanding Sixth Form Student for her community outreach work helping underprivileged females access STEM education. Here, she tells her story of how Queen Ethelburga’s has shaped her future in STEM.


A Programme Designed Around The Quality In Careers Standard

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate are committed to working towards the Quality in Careers Standard and meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national award for Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools. It is aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks that outline good career guidance and fully complies with the Department of Education’s statutory guidance.

QE have adopted the eight Gatsby Benchmarks to build their QE Futures programme; see how the programme matches the Benchmarks below:

Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

QE Futures: Our Careers Programme

The QE Futures programme is designed to raise young people’s aspirations by developing their skills and confidence to manage transitions between stages in education, training and work.

Students are introduced to QE Futures in Key Stage 2 through role play and guest speakers. As they grow older, career education becomes part of their academic syllabus, with students learning about their future in Personal Development and General Studies programme.

There are four themes (Introduce, Inspire, Reinforce and Prepare) within QE Futures that students will progress through their time at Queen Ethelburga’s.


QE Kings Magna Career Fair 2019

Key Stage 2 students are introduced to preparing for their future through Personal Development lessons discussing the question “who am I?” to raise self-awareness.


The Careers Team aims to inspire students in Key Stage 3 by guiding them through their Key Stage 4 options and advising them on the best subjects for their future career choices. As part of their guidance, Year 9 students partake in the Morrisby Aspirational Test, which is then reviewed in their transition to Key Stage 4 interviews.


In Key Stage 4, the Careers Department reinforce the importance of careers by organising a career fair for students and preparing students for their post-16 options. Students are informed about key skills and academic qualifications needed for their chosen career pathway.


Key Stage 5 is the most important stage in the QE Futures programme. Students prepare for their UCAS application in Year 12 by attending a career fair and talks by universities and gap year organisations.

The Careers Team

Meet the Team

Mrs S. Dobson - Careers Adviser

Miss A. Chambers - Careers Adviser

Mrs L. Fassnidge – Work Experience Lead 

Contact the Team

The Careers Department can be contacted on: 


Join Us

We are always looking for parents, employers, businesses and alumni to support our Careers Programme. This could be through:​

  • Speaking to our students​

  • Offering work experience placements ​

  • Holding a stand at our Careers Fair​

Please get in touch by emailing if you would like to discuss how you may be able to support our students and their future career choices.​