Careers Department


The Careers Department at Queen Ethelburga’s is staffed by a qualified and experienced team of professionals. 

The careers team provide support and guidance for all students when planning for their futures. Students receive careers education throughout their time at QE through Personal Development lessons and from visiting speakers. They are able to visit the Careers Department for individual meetings and to receive information on career options. Further up the school, a comprehensive programme exists to support students with university and job applications to maximise their chances of success.

The school’s Careers Programme embeds equality and diversity considerations throughout, encompassing every aspect of the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers Education.

Careers Education


Careers Education

Within the Careers Department, we recognise the importance of effective careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and information for young people. Our dedicated careers team provide a programme which equips students to make informed decisions about their future.

Within the careers education curriculum we work on raising aspirations and encouraging students to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers, whilst empowering them to plan and manage their own futures. We set high expectations so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. this helps students, including the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs, to be the best that they can with the gifts that they have. It aids all pupils at QE to realise their potential and increase economic competitiveness.

The careers team work closely with a number of higher education institutions, apprenticeship providers, employers and with the armed forces to ensure that students have the most up-to-date information and knowledge of career opportunities.

The success of our Careers Education Programme is measured by our student destination data. The majority of students progress into Higher Education, with increasing numbers taking alternative routes into employment.

At QE, we host Career Fairs for different age groups. Career Fair Booklets can be downloaded online or acquired form the Careers Office.

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 quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Career Guidance" and fully complies with the Department for Education's 'statutory guidance’. It provides a quality assurance mark for parents and other stakeholders to recognise the excellence in careers work achieved at QE. We hope to achieve this award in 2020.​

QE have adopted the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which are identified as a framework for developing world class careers provision as shown in The Good Career Guidance Report1

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance: ​

1. A stable careers programme  ​
2. Learning from career and labour market information  ​
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil  ​
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers  ​
5. Encounters with employers and employees  ​
6. Experiences of workplaces  ​
7. Encounters with further and higher education  ​
8. Personal guidance ​

These benchmarks are best practice across careers nationally, with the Department for Education adopting them as a minimum standard in the recent Careers Strategy2 (January 2018) and accompanying Statutory Guidance and stipulated that all secondary schools will be expected to reach the standards of the Benchmarks by 2020. ​

QE Careers Programme is also mapped to The CDI Framework (March 2018) which offers an additional layer of evidencing for this, with structured input at all Key Stages to support and evidence careers work beyond Gatsby. ​

Career Fairs

Students in Years 8 to 13 participate in our annual Careers Fair. This year, we were excited to welcome 40 exhibitors from universities, apprenticeship providers, the forces and local employers.

The day helped to provide students with the opportunity to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. They also heard about the learning opportunities available to them once they finish school, including both academic and vocational routes. ​

Download the latest Careers Fair Booklet

Post-18 Options

University Application Support​

Our students are highly aspirational, aiming for the highest grades in all of their subjects and challenging themselves to apply to the best universities. Students go on to study a wide range of courses at prestigious universities in the UK and beyond, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Durham and many more in the Russell Group. At QE, over 90% of sixth form students apply to university.  ​

​The dedicated careers team offer one to one advice and guidance, as well as deliver presentations and group sessions on all aspects of the university application process. Students are guided on course and university selection, university life, personal statement writing and filling in the online application. A comprehensive programme begins in Year 12 to ensure students make the most of their time in the sixth form, developing as individuals and preparing for the future. ​

​Our professionally qualified Careers Advisers have a wealth of experience within the UK university system and supporting international applications.​

Early Applicant Programme

Oxford and Cambridge are highly competitive world-class universities located in the UK. UK Medical Schools are equally competitive. Good A Level grades are not enough to guarantee admission to one of these prestigious institutions. They have extra requirements including admissions tests, interviews, work experience, wider reading and research projects. These components require a lot of extra preparation. Our programme consists of a combination of online and in-person tuition from experienced consultants and subject-specific Cambridge and Oxford tutors to maximise the students’ chances of admission.​

Alternatives to University​

We have an increasing number of students interested in finding out more about alternative routes to employment. The opportunity for apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships is ever growing and expanding in to different areas. We talk to all Year 12 students about the different options available Post 18 and the importance of making informed decisions based on research and experience. We encourage students to book one to one appointments to discuss individual needs. ​

If students decide to take a gap year, they must use the time wisely. We arrange for gap year organisations to carry out presentations in school about the benefits, things to think about and opportunities available. ​

Useful Links


Apprenticeship Search

Gap Year Opportunities

Gap Year: What to Think About

QE Careers Fair King's Magna 2019

QE Futures: Our Careers Programme

Students at Queen Ethelburga’s engage in different activities to help to Introduce, Inspire, Reinforce and Prepare them for their future. 

Lessons are delivered at an age-appropriate level to ensure understanding and growth of knowledge as they progress through their career journey.


Chapter House KS2 Class


During Key Stage 2, we introduce students to different career possibilities and begin to explore with them what it means to have a career.


Annual QE Careers Fair


At Key Stage 3 we inspire students to take their first steps towards their future career planning. The focus moves from understanding their own skills, qualities and values, to linking these with GCSE decisions and possible careers.



In Years 10 and 11, QE Futures works to reinforce previous learning, building on experiences in King's Magna to help move froward with career planning. In addition, all students are offered a one-to-one careers interview to personalise their experience and help develop individual action plans.



As students begin their final years in general education, we offer support to prepare them for their Post-18 decision making. We encourage students to be aspirational in their goals and provide the help and guidance they need to give them the best chance of success.

The Careers Team

Meet the Team

Ms K. Flaherty - SLT Careers Link and Deputy Head of King's Magna School

Mrs A. Holmes - Head of Careers and Careers Leader

Mrs S. Dobson - Careers Adviser

Miss A. Chambers - Careers Adviser

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.​