Making sure that pupils at West Hill are fully aware of employment and further educational opportunities is of paramount importance. We aim to help pupils develop skills which will enable them to meet future challenges.

During the Individual Development Programme ('IDP') lessons, pupils are made aware of the wide range of options available to them. Careers Educations begins in Year 7 but receives greater emphasis as pupils approach Year 10. All Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils receive careers counseling.

Year 9 pupils choose their 14 - 19 pathways in the spring term. Discussions take place during form periods to help to explain the importance of these choices. Advice is also given by the careers teachers and form tutors. Every effort is made to ensure that the pupils choose a broad and balanced range of subjects to avoid limitation of their career prospects.

We take the opportunity of involving parents in the choice of educational pathways for their sons by inviting them along to a Key Stage 4 evening at the school when the important issues are explained, and discussion with the relevant members of staff is encouraged.

During Year 10 the pupils have the opportunity to listen to a variety of invited speakers from a cross-section of the employment market. Work experience has been an established feature of our careers programme for many years. Every Year 10 pupil is provided with a two-week work experience during the summer term.


More information can be found on the Careers Guidance page of the website.


Careermag: Your resource in finding the right post-16 option for you

Careermag offers a complete guide to apprenticeships, courses and university opportunities along with useful articles offering education and career advice.



Greater Manchester Higher is a network of higher education providers in the region aiming to raise awareness of higher educational opportunities.

Free resources

To access a menu of free resources and information for learners, parents and carers:


Parent and Carer Guide

Particularly useful is the UNIVERSITY: Parent and Carers’ Guide offering information and guidance about pre-16 choices, GCSE top 10 tips, types of level 3 qualifications with possible routes and much more.

To access the guide:


Parent and Carer Video

This 4-minute video for Years 10 and 11 pupils as well as for their parents and carers provides a guide for options after Year 11.

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