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As part of our mission to prepare students for life beyond school, we have a very proactive approach to exposing our students to the world of work.

Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an essential aspect of the school curriculum at St. Joseph’s with our careers programme focussed on raising the aspirations of all students, lifting their self-belief and confidence.  At the very core of the programme is a commitment to ensure that students are not limited by their knowledge of options – that they are empowered to make considered choices at key stages of transition through ensuring that they:

  • are well informed on the array of pathways available to them
  • have access to impartial career guidance
  • have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of key employability and workplace skills
  • understand the careers relevant to the subjects they study and the link to the local and national labour market

As part of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub, we work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company to further expand and improve our careers provision within St. Josephs.    

We are extremely proud of record that no students leave St Joseph’s at the end of their compulsory education without securing a pathway into employment, further/higher education or training.


The Careers Team

SLT Careers Lead

Mrs S Gilding

SLT Careers Lead

Tel: 01782 418216

Personal Development lead

Mrs S Cumbo

Personal Development lead

Ms R Thomas – Careers Co-ordinator


Mr C Shaw – Careers Advisor

(Careers and Enterprise Company – CEC)
To provide impartial information, advice and guidance, helping our students to make realistic choices about their education, training and work.


Careers Delivery Through The Keystages

Careers Education is introduced from Year 7 through to Year 11 as part of the PSHE curriculum with our dedicated Personal Development Lead, Mrs S Cumbo, ensuring consistency in delivery and content.

Alongside these timetabled lessons, students also engage in career related activities each year through a targeted programme of activities from Year 7 through to Year 13 as can be seen in our pictorial SJC Careers Programme guide.

Evaluation Of Our Careers Offering

We are committed to ensuring that our Careers programme meets the requirements and wishes of all involved.  Activities are therefore regularly evaluated including using student voice and seeking staff feedback, to ensure that our programme can evolve to meet the changing needs of our students. Where appropriate and applicable, feedback is also sourced from our providers and parents.

Success Stories

Best ever GCSE results!


Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).


Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).


Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.


Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.


Of our students were entered for the EBACC


St. Joseph’s College is graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.