Careers Programme Information (CEIAG)

This information will be reviewed on Friday 12th July 2019

The Careers education and guidance programme aims to provides all students a way of developing knowledge, understanding and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment.  It develops the skills needed to make improved decisions and it is a way of helping students to apply knowledge and understanding and skills to their own circumstances.

Best practice provision integrates careers guidance with a well planned programme of careers education, the aims of which are;

  • To encourage all students to recognise and value their own skills and abilities and to appreciate their relationships with, and responsibilities towards, other people, the community and environment.
  • To develop the skills which will help them to make informed and realistic choices for their future.
  • To enable students and parents to be aware of the alternatives and opportunities open to them at different stages of their life and to raise aspirations.
  • To develop the skills, including communication and confidence that will be needed in new roles and situations.
  • To encourage understanding and experience of the world of work through WRL and enterprise activities.
  • To promote equality of opportunity in respect of race, religion, gender and special needs disability.
  • To develop students’ capabilities and to understand their own needs and abilities.
  • To encourage students to investigate career opportunities both locally and nationally and through direct experience of the world of work, work related learning and enterprise activities.
  • To encourage students to implement their career plans. To review and evaluate in order to make improved decisions and manage the transition processes effectively.

To view our careers policy, visit our policies page

To view our high school provider access plan, please click here.

Our Careers Service

Rob Stoakes

Rob Stoakes

Careers Adviser

To request careers appointments or careers information :

Email Rob by clicking on his picture.

Visit the careers room, in the Library, break & lunchtimes on most Wednesdays & Fridays.

Ring C&K Careers on 01484 225500 and ask for your adviser by name or ring school reception on 01706 813558

C&K Careers works with Todmorden High School to provide students, from Year 7 to Year 11, with independent careers information, advice and guidance. We help you, when you need it, to make important decisions and choices about your future plans. Our adviser has level 6 qualifications in careers guidance and experience working with students from a variety of backgrounds.  – click to see careers and job trends information, vacancies, advice for students, parents/carers, teachers/advisers, adults and employers. Includes leaflets, booklets, videos, case studies and more.

Your careers adviser can support you by:

  • Providing information, advice and guidance on careers, college, sixth form, apprenticeships, university, volunteering and part time jobs.
  • Offering one-to-one appointments, group sessions and the opportunity to drop-in at every break and lunch time to ask questions, pick up information and discuss your plans.
  • Helps with applications, writing CVs and arranging interviews.
  • Attending parents evenings to meet with you, your parents and carers.
Mr Mcdermott

Mr Mcdermott

School Careers Link

Useful Links

Post 16 Education

Burnley College –

Calderdale College –

Rochdale 6th Form College  –

Hopwood Hall College –


Thomas Whitham 6th Form College –

Crossley Heath 6th Form –

Ryburn Valley High –


Themis @ Burnley College

Calderdale Training

Degree level Apprenticeships

Higher Education


Russell Group Universities –

Students Finance & Support

Calderdale Student Bursary –

Careers Guides

Future Goals –

Shape Your Future  –

Engineer Your Future –




Creative Arts

Sport & Fitness

Science Technology & Maths

Hospitality & Catering

Gaming & Social Media

Armed Forces, Police & Fire


Agriculture & Environment

Computer Science


Performing Arts

Careers video resources

Careers across KS3 & 4


During the termly SPACE days all students will receive an Introduction to Careers to help them explore the skills, qualities and attributes required in the work place. They will have Enterprise days to discover more about the local and national economy. They will take part in careers panels with representatives from industry to learn more about current job roles and how jobs will be evolving in the future.


During the termly SPACE days students will look becoming effective decision makers. They will explore the decision making process to look at planning for making KS4 Option Choice, for their study options beyond Todmorden High and how to become successful life-long learners to ensure they have sustainable and rewarding careers.


Students to complete the Job Explorer Database online questionnaire to explore potential career interests and how their GCSE choices will enhance their prospects. They will have Enterprise days to discover more about the local and national economy. They will take part in careers panels with representatives from industry to learn more about current job roles and how jobs will be evolving in the future.


Students will develop an understanding of the labour market through a series of talks and visits to employers. Students will explore opportunities with Post 16 Further Education and Training providers. They will spend a day at a local FE College to help prepare for the transition to advanced level study. They will a local Universities to learn more about the range of degree courses available and the job opportunities open to them after higher education.

Careers lesson within the Preparation for Life sessions students will explore their future aspirations and the qualifications.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors with deliver sessions to raise awareness of work based training and local opportunities.


All students will receive individual, one to one careers guidance to explore their long term ambitions and routes to achieving their goals.

The Post 16 Careers evening will allow students, parents and carers to meet with 6th Forms, Colleges and Apprenticeship providers.

Rob Stoakes from C&K Careers and the local colleges with support students with college applications and CV writing.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors with deliver sessions to raise awareness of work based training and local opportunities.

Students will be offered the opportunity to join the National Citizens Service activities to help develop employability skills during the summer holidays.

What do our students do after High School?

We monitor the destinations our students head to after they finish with us, in order to assess how our Careers action plan and policy are impacting on our student body. Below is a summary of where our students have progressed to in the last academic year. Information regarding destinations is updated annually in the summer term, and the Careers policy will be updated annually. Our Careers action plan is an active document, updated regularly to meet the needs of our students.

 Year 11

The 87 students leaving Yr11 in 2017 progressed into the following post 16 destinations :

Destination Total %
Full Time Further Education 80 91.95%
Apprenticeships & Work based training 5 5.75%
Unpaid Internship 1 1.15%
NEET – Seeking EET 1 1.15%

The students staying in Full time Education are now studying :

Course Total %
A Levels 37 42.53%
Vocational Level 3 19 21.84%
Level 2 6 6.9%
Level 1 17 19.54%
Entry level 1 1.15%

At these Further Education Institutions;

Institution Number
Accrington College 1
BIMM Music College, Manchester 1
Burnley College 46
Calderdale College 3
Hopwoood Hall, Rochdale 2
Leeds City College 1
Rochdale 6th Form College 21
Thomas Whitham 6th Form, Burnley 1
Xaverian 6th Form, Manchester 2

THS 6th Form

In the last academic year 65 students left THS Sixth Form. The destinations of these students, including those who left courses early and those who completed A Levels with us are: 

Destination Total % % of L3 completers
Higher Education 34 52% 65.4%
Gap Year 1 1.54%
Other Further Education 11 16.93%
Apprenticeships 4 6.15%
Other Employment 11 16.93%
NEET seeking EET 3 4.62%
NEET unavailable due to illness 1 1.54%

Employment Trends

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