Information for Parents and Carers

Our ethos is to promote an inspirational culture in which everyone feels valued and challenged to reach their potential.

We very much value the input of parents/carers in supporting our pupils in making decisions about their future educational and career pathways.

We want pupils to make informed choices about their future learning and career pathways.

All pupils have access to impartial careers advice from our own, qualified, Careers Adviser. This tailored guidance builds on a programme of Careers Education, which is provided from Year 7 through to Year 13.

Dr E Dando, our Careers Leader, organises the Careers Education programme at St Mary’s. Pupils can find her in the Science department, or can email her on

Useful Starting Points

Below are a number of websites on a range of career related topics, such as post-16 and post-18 options, apprenticeships, Higher Education, job hunting, and Labour Market Information.

2020 Parents and Carers Guide – Helping Your Child Begin Their Career Journey

Various useful articles for parents and carers.

Careers information and advice from the Careers Writers’ Association, covering the full range of options facing your child, plus job hunting and Labour Market Information.

Information for parents and carers on the options your child faces at 16.

Information for parents and carers on the options your child faces at 18.

Applications to University are made through UCAS, but they also provide a wealth of related information.

Information for parents and carers on the package of financial support for students on degree courses

Guidance for parents and carers about apprenticeships