Careers Overview:

Atherton High School is committed to providing outstanding and unbiased Careers and Enterprise Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all pupils. The world of work and employment is changing rapidly and we aim to prepare pupils for their adult lives, to develop skills and qualities they need to flourish in future employment.

Our school values, Respect, Responsibility and Ambition underpin our Personal Development Education and careers programme: we encourage pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers, to enable individuals to make informed choices to succeed in the careers to which they aspire.

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all pupils. It is differentiated, inclusive and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to the pupil’s stage of career learning, planning and development.

Learning Goals:  To enable all pupils to:

  • Secure the skills, knowledge, and attitude to make well-informed, realistic decisions.
  • Plan their future choices and understand how to access CEIAG.
  • Understand how educational achievements are linked to maximising their potential future choices.
  • Access external sources of information on the full range of education and training options.
  • Access information from training and education providers, to inform pupils of technical education and apprenticeships; to ensure every pupil is well informed about their future options.
  • Make an informed choice about an academic option for those aspiring to go to university; and a technical route, including T levels or an apprenticeship, for those seeking to progress to the highest levels of skilled employment or technical education and training at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Our Careers Team:

  • Jennifer Doyle: Careers Leader- or 01942 88 55 00
  • R. Norton: Curriculum Leader for Personal Development Curriculum
  • Michelle Wheeler: Enterprise Coordinator for Wigan
  • Alison Kirk, Enterprise Advisor, Senior HR Consultant, Spectra
  • D Gibson: Deputy Headteacher
  • Laura Sefton, Link Governor

Summary of our Careers Programme

Year PSHE AHS Personal Development Awards Calendared Events
7 •Linking values to choices

•What type of jobs are out there

•Personal aspirations

Global Citizen Award – developing research skills and communicating to a peer-group. •Aspirations Week

•Introduction to Xello

•National Careers Week Activities

8 •Employment and equality in the workplace

•Setting goals and working towards them

Community Leader Award – making a difference in your own community using teamwork and communication. •Aspirations Week


•National Careers Week Activities

•Industry Day – Business Planning

9 •GCSE options and post-16 pathways

•Making informed choices

•Building employability skills

Future Planning Award – Understanding the link between skills and career choices and independently researching a career. •Aspirations Week


•National Careers Week Activities

•Industry Day – Business Planning

10 •Strengths and weaknesses

•Developing your weaknesses into strengths

•Challenges in the workplace – preparing yourself for difficulty

Next Steps Award – Building the momentum to achieve great things in after high school and developing your weaknesses. •Aspirations Week


•National Careers Week Activities

•Industry Day – Business Planning

11 •SMART targets and using constructive feedback

•Writing a CV, personal statements and interview techniques

•Aspirations Week


•National Careers Week Activities

•College application guidance

•One to one careers meeting

Useful Links:

 The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our Gatsby Scores are listed below. We use the Gatsby Benchmarks to assess the impact of our careers programme and to review the CEIAG provision.

Assessment BM1 BM2 BM3 BM4 BM5 BM6 BM7 BM8
March 2020 88% 100% 81% 62% 25% 25% 95% 0%
July 2022 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 100%

Measuring Impact

The school will assess the impact of the careers programme by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data for 3 years after leaving as per Gatsby recommendations. In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events such as GCSE Workshops, Form Time Careers Support, and Industry Days.

Provider Access Statement Link:

Atherton High School believes in giving FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to the pupils at the school. Please use the following link to our provider access policy.

Careers Policy Link

To read the full Careers policy please use the following link

 Useful Links for Students:

College and University Courses:


Local Labour Market Information

CV writing:

Interview Techniques:

Job Case Studies:

Greater Manchester Careers and Advice Service

 Local Providers:

Useful links for Parents:

 Information for Employers

We are continually looking for local and national partners to help us deliver outstanding careers advice and guidance to our pupils. If you are willing to contribute to our careers programme in school, please get in touch with our careers leader: Jennifer Doyle – 01942 88 55 00 or email

  • Mock Interviews
  • Work experience through visits to the work place or work shadowing.
  • Attendance at Options Evenings, Parental Conference or Career Speed Dating Evenings
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Careers talks
  • Employment or apprenticeship opportunities
  • Employability and skills workshops
  • Raising Aspirations Talks

 Information for Teachers

One of our school values is Ambition.

  • Our teaching staff and support staff are committed to embedding CIEAG in each subject area.
  • All of our teaching staff have participated in Gatsby Benchmark Training and have made a Gatsby Pledge to support student career aspirations throughout their practice.
  • Teaching staff can contact the Careers Leader, Mrs. J Doyle for support in embedding careers in the curriculum.

Useful Links for Teachers:


Get in touch if you are an AHS school leaver:

Where are we now?

Gaby, Leaver 2018

“After having completed my GCSE’s at AHS, I continued to St John Rigby College to begin A-Level Psychology, English Language and Literature and BTEC Biology; I left with two B grades and a Distinction* in BTEC. I was extremely nervous to start college, however it turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve had; I thoroughly enjoyed studying my courses and college also gave me the chance to grow massively as a person. I am now continuing my studies in Psychology at Edge Hill University in hope to fulfil my career aspiration of being a clinical psychologist. You can conduct your own psychological research and there is even an opportunity to study abroad!”

Alan, Leaver 2018

“I left AHS with 9 GCSEs and aspirations to eventually become an interpreter – hopefully for a football club!  I chose to go to Winstanley College where I studied A-Levels in French, PE and Psychology. I achieved a B in French and 2 Cs, and thanks to an unconditional offer I was able to go to UCLAN to study a degree in French and Mandarin. In my final year I have the choice to travel to France, China or both to study! I also now live at university in student halls and we plan to move into a house with some of our other friends next year. When I’m not studying, I usually either talk to or meet up with my friends watch football.”

Josh, Leaver 2019

“I left AHS with good GCSE results and am now studying A Levels in Maths Biology and Chemistry at Winstanley College and doing a MDV course for Medics, Vets and Dentists. My predicted A level grades are A/A and I am applying to Medical School to become a doctor. I also have a place at Bolton Hospice to do some voluntary work and have also worked with people with mental health difficulties.  I have a part-time job in a fast food company which has given me experience of working as part of team, time management and leadership skills; all of which will help me with my career in the future. When I have time, I chill out at the gym. I’m also entering a baking competition and would love to go on Bake Off!”

Tom, Leaver 2020

I left AHS with 9 GCSE, studied A-Levels in Maths, Physics and PE at Winstanley College and am now studying Nutrition and Exercise at the University of Salford. After which I hope to become a Personal Trainer. I have already been semi-successful with that goal by having already created my own boxing for fitness club. Currently, I am looking for my own space to use rather than renting space from a gym. These are the first few steps I am taking in order to achieve my goal and attain my dream job!”

(CEIAG Information Review date June 2021)