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The Barlow RC High School


Careers Information

School Mission

As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.

We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.

Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say.

Careers Vision

Through our careers programme pupils will develop valuable life skills to fully prepare them for their future. They will be ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do.  Pupils will embrace our motto of ‘Rise up, take courage and do it.’

Inspirational Quote

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confuncius

Careers Intent


We are working towards the full implementation of the Gatsby Benchmarks (see below) to ensure that all our students receive excellent careers advice and guidance in order to make well-informed decisions about their future plans after leaving school.

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Careers education at The Barlow aims to give pupils the knowledge and skills they need to be fully prepared for the world of work. Pupils should:

  • Gain knowledge on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.
  • Gain knowledge of Local Labour Market information and use this to help guide them when making decisions at key transition points.
  • Develop key employability skills which will prepare them for the world of work
  • Be able to recognise their own interests, strengths and areas for development and use self-reflection when choosing pathways. 

At the Barlow the key aims of our CEIAG provision are:

  • Students are well prepared and feel empowered to make reasonable decisions about their future, and NEET figures which reflect the success of school programme and interventions.
  • Students are able to make clear informed decisions about their future career choices due to a wide range of experiences and opportunities. 
  • Data such as destination, shows a range of positive outcomes, as students move successfully, at all transition points, onto sustainable pathways. 
  • Teacher CPD. Subject teachers are expert in their delivery and confident in how their subject links to the world of work, and the variety of pathways and options. 
  • Students are more engaged in the curriculum, and connected with their teachers as they are able to see the relevance of subjects and how they relates to the wider range of career options and pathways. 
  • Students develop competencies and employability skills. They become motivated, understanding they can make a contribution to school, the community and society and have a positive attitude towards lifelong learning.
  • Increased and positive engagement with all stakeholders, via a range of communication methods.

Careers impact

At The Barlow we are proud of the range of careers opportunities, information and guidance we share with pupils, parents, staff and stakeholders. We continually measure the impact of our CEIAG provision through:

  • Destination information
  • Feedback from employers and visiting partners
  • Student, parent and staff feedback following events, careers fairs and workplace visits
  • Self-review using the Compass tool which measures progress towards meeting the Gatsby benchmarks
  • External accreditation and annual review for the Quality in Careers Standard


Destinations data is a measure that shows where students end up after leaving The Barlow and which course of study they follow. It also identifies those students that are NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training), allowing the school and the local authority to follow up with additional support in order to help them re-engage in education.– Click here to see our destination data


Careers information regarding the Careers curriculum in each year group can be accessed on this page or alternatively by contacting the school. 

The Barlow RC High School’s provision is led by:

 Mrs S Steers – Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum)


 Mrs D Wilcox – Curriculum Leader of PSHCE and Careers


 Mrs J Dawson – Careers Advisor


The Main Office can be contacted on 0161 445 8053 and the query will be directed to the relevant personnel.

The Careers curriculum is reviewed annually and next due for review in Autumn 2024.

Useful Information

In the current economic climate, it is important that all pupils give themselves the best possible opportunity to prepare for the next stage of their education, training or employment.  At The Barlow, we ensure that all our pupils and their parents/carers are provided with useful information and guidance to help with important career pathways and choices.
Over the course of pupils' time at The Barlow, they will be making important decisions that may well impact upon their future.
'Our Futures' provide independent careers advice to all pupils.  Pupils will be offered the opportunity to avail themselves of one-to-one careers advice and guidance with our Careers Advisor, Mrs J Dawson.
In order to help pupils prepare for this, the following websites may be useful:

CEIAG Careers PolicyProvider Access Policy March 2024

Y7 to 11 Careers Curriculum Overview

Careers at the Barlow bulletin board