Careers Guidance

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Young people are faced with a complex set of demands when preparing for their future careers. South Hunsley aims to ensure that students are self-confident, skilled and career-ready. This is achieved through a comprehensive programme of activities that spans Year 7 through Year 13, and beyond, and is based on the nationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks.

START and U-Explore

As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we are using an innovative online resource called Start.

Start will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

Parents can also use Start to find out more about jobs, training and study opportunities for themselves.

Full details of how to register can be found here.

Parent Support with Careers

As part of our careers programme, all students are provided with a START Profile. Beyond this, are a number of ways you can support young people in their early career investigations:

  • Encourage your son or daughter to consider which of their subjects they enjoy the most, and how this might link to future careers.
  • Encourage them to explore the different options available at 14, 16 and 18.
  • Help dispel common misconceptions: that certain jobs are for men or women, that apprenticeships are only for practical vocations link engineering, that they need to wait until they start looking for work before they gain experience of the wider world of work.
  • Help them explore the jobs and training opportunities that are available locally, either through START or through the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ section of the government website.

Key Contacts

  • Mr B Gray

    Mr B Gray

    Careers Leader

  • Mr L Duerden

    Mr L Duerden

    Careers Curriculum Lead

  • Mrs S Barley

    Mrs S Barley

    Careers Curriculum Lead Post 16

  • Mrs A Bidder

    Mrs A Bidder

    Personal Development Lead

  • Mrs J Baker

    Mrs J Baker

    Careers Advisor

Students can request a Careers appointment at any time here at the school. Please contact Julie Barker for details, based in the upstairs Eastdale office.

Secondary Careers Education Programme

A summary of our Secondary Careers Education Programme offered to all students in all year groups is outlined below. This programme is supported by assemblies, registration activities, class-based exercises and a range of other scheduled and occasional activities all designed to ensure students are best prepared for their futures.


PD Day 1

PD Day 2

PD Day 3

PD Day 4

PD Week


Year 7  

Personal Profile completion
(Self management)
Introduction to careers learning journey (Start). Which jobs suit my preferences? (Start)   Employer visits, employability skills tasks, team building  

Year 8

  Enterprise Day – business competition judged by guests from the world of work Self management skills and effective decision making. Personal Finance, budgeting, effective planning for the future. Year 8 residential open to all students – team building, employability skills  

Year 9

  Making the right choices – GCSE choices based on a careers plan, introduction to apprenticeships Self-sufficiency and personal finance Refining my career ideas, investigating jobs and wages, CVS. Enterprise and employability competition. ACE day at The University of Hull Careers interview and/or tutor mentoring, Pathways evening for students/parents

Year 10

  Safety in the workplace, marketing and employability activity, ‘Selling myself’. Personal finance, budgeting for your income, understanding credit and debt Investigating Post-16 options   One to one careers interviews start.
Level 1 Sports Leader Employability Unit for all students.

Year 11

Exploring career pathways, Local Labour Market Information, Employability Passport launch. Self-management, juggling responsibilities, coping with work stress, sixth form taster lessons. Competition in the world of work, CV preparation, mock interviews Employer Led Pathway interviews – employer engagement. A level induction lessons and Employer Led Programme launch, including work experience One to one progression interview for every student, East Riding Apprenticeship Event, Pathways events for students and parents.




If you think you could contribute to our Careers programme, would like to be a part of the Employer Led programme, or are interested in joining our Alumni register please contact Mr B Gray.

Employer links

We have worked with the following organisations in recent years to support students as they explore and prepare for their futures:

Reckitt Benckiser Arco BAE Systems HETA 360 Chartered Accountants NHS
Blair Jacobs Communications Kingston Communications The University of Hull Lincoln University JCR Wood Bright Futures
Hull York Medical Schoo Travel Concillors The Coffee House Inspire Ignite Humberside Fire and Rescue Emmerson Kitney
Red 5 Barclays Bank  Natwest Student Finance HSBC Jenko
British Red Cross Insight Photography Night and Day PA Sheffield Hallam University Eskimosoup Strawberry
The Sewell Group PWC Aunt Bessi Baker Tilly Cranswick Foods William Jackson Food Group

We are always interested in making new links. If you feel your organisation can support students in planning their future careers, please contact Sarah Barley, Subject Leader - Extended Studies.


South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College has an exceptional record for student progression. In summer 2018 86% of our Year 13 university applicants secured a place at their first choice university. A number of students also accessed some of the most prestigious and competitive apprenticeships available.

Staying in education or entering employment:

Schools - 99%

Local authority average - 95%

England average - 94%

Review date: 1 October 2019

Recognition for our Careers Activities

The school is a proud holder of these awards