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SLT Careers Lead:

Mrs H Grundy
tel: 01204 301 351

Careers Advisor:

Mrs O Banner

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes are a means of developing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills a young person requires in order to make well-informed, thought through choices and plans that enable them to progress effectively into further learning and work, now and in the future. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers and it is a vital tool in enriching students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices, with realism and understanding.

  • The CEIAG programme is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Year 7 to 13, in partnership with outside agencies (local employers, providers, universities, education training partnerships). It is designed to meet the needs of all students at Thornleigh Salesian College. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes face to face interviews at key transition points, action plans, drop-in sessions, software packages including KUDOS and ECLIPS, support with applications and CV writing, careers events and sessions, and interventions with outside agencies.
  • Impartial and independent careers advice and guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser Mrs Banner and compliments the careers education programme in school, supporting pupils in the process of making informed decisions about the post-16 learning and work that is available to them.
  • Mrs Banner works with students in Year 8 – 13 offering support and guidance and information about different career pathways and attend parents evening for KS4 and Sixth Form students.
  • One to one appointments are offered to all Year 11 students to provide advice and guidance about options available to them and to support them in making well informed decisions about their post 16 options.
  • Mrs Banner is in school Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday morning to discuss further education, training, careers, apprenticeships, jobs and other matters relating to post 16 options and is also  available for a pupil drop in on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes. 

Cross Curriculum Approach

Careers Education is part of the tutorial programme taught across Years 8 to 11 and by a team of committed staff, supported by the form tutors and led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Activities are designed to match visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning learners, through the use of computer programs, discussion and hands-on activities. There will be opportunities for individual and small group activities, research using ICT and other sources.

Different approaches are used dependent on the age and ability of the pupils and the topic to be covered, for example, we use careers software, paper-based activities, discussions, role plays/mock interviews and multi-media resources, enabling the use of a variety of learning styles.

Pupils at the school now apply for post-16 educational establishments using ‘UCAS Progress’, an on-line application tool, which they can access in and out of career and lesson time.

Careers Events

We offer pupils a range of career events each academic year:

  • Yr 8 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Careers awareness day attended by various local and national employers
  • Yr 9 Careers Awareness Day attended by local and national employers
  • Yr 10 Work Experience Programme
  • Yr 11 Employability skills and personal development workshops;
  • Visiting speakers from both higher education institutions and the work place.

Click the link below for the schedule of our annual careers events:

Relationships with Parents

We recognise that parents have a major role to play in the area of careers, both in terms of encouraging and supporting their children and in supporting the school in its endeavours to promote a wide variety of careers information.

Our Careers team are present at Year 8 Options Evening and at Parents Evenings.

How we measure and assess the impact of our Careers Programme

  • Destination measures
  • Employer feedback
  • Student feedback
  • Visiting partners
  • Work experience evaluation
  • External accreditation

Inspiring IAG Award

Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

It has been written and updated by CEIAG specialists across the ten Local Authority areas of Greater Manchester in consultation with schools, colleges, learning providers, employers and local authority representatives.

Inspiring IAG is a three stage process, Bronze Standard, Silver Standard and Gold Award. Organisations progress through each stage where it is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and raising aspirations:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Design and Delivery of CEIAG
  • Working with Partners
  • Information and Communication
  • Outcomes for Young People
  • Involving Parents and Carers


We are proud to say that Thornleigh Salesian College has gained the
Gold Inspiring IAG Award.

Useful Websites:

The National Careers Service

The National Careers service

The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents can access support via a website, helpline and web chat


Film clips of hundreds of people telling you about how they got their jobs.


Science, Technology Engineering and Maths Careers.

eClips Online

Impartial and independent information on hundreds of careers including careers with different school subjects. See Mrs Banner for login details.

Government Apprenticeship Guide

Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.

UCAS Progress

Search and apply for Post 16 courses at 6th form and colleges and training providers offering apprenticeships.

Informed Choices

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.
Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.


(see Mrs Banner for log in details)
New Kudos is a new version of the UK’s most popular impartial careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions.
New Kudos is ideal for 13-19 year olds.  It provides young people with a personalised experience which enables them to explore careers and learning pathways based on their interests and aspirations. They can get ideas of careers that they might like, explore their own career ideas, discover where their favourite subjects could take them and uncover a world of opportunities in different areas of work.
With up-to-date information on hundreds of careers, New Kudos equips a young person with everything they need to know to make the best possible career decisions.
New Kudos is an inspirational careers tool that inspires young people with their future choices.


Please use the following links to see where you can access guidance for different opportunities as you consider your future career pathway.

Check out information around school including posters about open days, apprenticeship and other training opportunities.

Book an appointment with our Careers Advisor Mrs Banner via your Pastoral Staff or drop in at the Careers Office at break or lunchtime on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.


Careers Champions

Each department is to have a nominated ‘Careers Champion’. This person will be a point of contact for students when considering how certain subjects are useful in certain careers. Carers Champions will also signpost students and staff to opportunities to highlight careers in the curriculum.


As a school we are keen to develop our links with employers on both a local and wider community level. Employers are a key component in our careers programme and the bespoke expertise, skills that they offer are essential for a high quality careers programme and will ensure that all our students can make informed choices concerning their potential pathway post school/college education.

Current work with employers:

We currently work with employers and providers who support us with our Yr8 Careers Fair, Work Experience placements in Yr10 supported by EBP (NW) Ltd and Yr12, assemblies and bespoke careers events.

Enterprise Coordinator

The school is delighted to announce that Anna Mitchell will be our new schools Enterprise Advisor. With a back ground in HR and a large network of employer contacts we look forward to Anna working with both our staff and students to enhance our careers programme

Employers who have recently supported us include:

  • Warburtons
  • BAE
  • Keogh Solicitors
  • National Westminster Bank
  • NHS
  • Mellors Catering
  • Bolton@Home
  • MBDA
  • Hare Ltd
  • Alliance Learning
  • The Skills Company
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Greater Manchester Police


Please view the attachmets below for further information.