Careers Education is a vital part of our curriculum within St Patrick’s.  All of our students receive a full programme of careers education which starts in Year 7 and runs through all year groups.  All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities which are delivered by both visiting professionals and our own teaching staff.

Activities such as Mock Interviews, Careers Speed Dating, CV Writing Workshops and the Building My Skills Programme offer numerous opportunities for our students to meet and engage with a wide range of employers in the Tees Valley and beyond.

At St Patrick’s Catholic College we aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage pupils to consider a wide range of careers.  This works hand in hand with the schools Mission statement to help pupils realise their own dignity and discover their own unique purpose. Through our mission statement we acknowledge that each person is a unique individual and strive to respect each individual irrespective of circumstance, gender, race or creed. We will encourage everyone to develop their unique personality and educate the whole person within a loving and caring Christian environment. To this end we will promote a happy and caring environment within which each individual can develop their potential to the full.

Through careers education and guidance we will ensure that pupils will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs and intelligence.

In particular we intend our programme to:

  • Prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making choices.
  • Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.
  • Prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Support young people to achieve their full potential.
  • Empower young people to plan and manage their own futures.
  • Provide comprehensive information on all future options that are available for all students.
  • Raise aspirations for all groups of students within St Patricks Catholic College.
  • Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and to challenge stereotypes.
  • Enable young people to sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

Careers Education in the Wider Curriculum

Youth Direction

Building My Skills

Tees Valley Apprenticeships