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Careers And Work Experience


We provide an inspiring careers programme that aims to raise the aspirations and nurture the talent of all students. We encourage and prepare students to make reasoned career choices that enable them to fulfil their individual potential. We hope to transform the life chances of all students by supporting the development of their confidence and independence.


Our school Careers Coordinator is Miss Lee. She is available every Wednesday in the office in room 8 offering informed, impartial advice and guidance to years 7 to 11 about finding the right pathway for every student. Miss Lee runs a Next Steps careers club on Wednesday lunchtimes in room 6 that years 9 to 11 are welcome to drop in and bring their lunch along, where they have access to our careers resources and can ask questions or find support on any aspect of education, work, or the future. Miss Lee can be contacted by email at jlee@sphcs.co.uk and welcomes students and parents to ask for guidance. Our 6th form Careers Coordinator is Mrs Skaptason, and more information can be found in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.


Miss Lee has a range of exciting resources available:


•Online access to careers programmes

•6th form, college & university prospectuses

•University, Apprenticeships, Careers and jobs guides

•Guide to not going to university

•Young Money Matters

•Next Steps activity booklets for each year group

•Careers games

•Access to labour market information


All students have access to Unifrog and will use this through to year 11 where they will record their skills, activities and competencies. They will build a CV, browse future pathways for their education and career, and create a suitcase of their time at SPH and beyond.


We work with a range of external visitors that attend assemblies and lessons to enhance the student’s access to the working world and how their subject choices could impact their future options.


Throughout the school year, there are a number of careers events for students in years 10 and 11. These incorporate visits from employers, apprenticeship providers, universities, colleges and other organisations. The students are actively involved in a wide variety of activities, lessons and workshops focused on their future possible pathways. We have also created a large network of local employers that can offer work experience to year 10 students. We have an Enterprise Partner in Butlins at Bognor Regis since 2018. We have also built a partnership with Tristram plants since 2019.


We work closely with The Careers and Enterprise Company to ensure that St Philip Howard Catholic School is meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks, which set out the standards for Careers Guidance in schools. We review our progress against these standards every term using Compass.


Objectives of our careers programme:

•Every student leaves year 11 with a destination secured.

•Every student has had one week of work experience by the end of year 11.

•Every student has had at least one meaningful encounter with an employer by the end of year 11 and most students have multiple encounters.

•Every student leaves school having created a CV and with interview experience.

•The school keeps systematic records on each student’s experiences of careers activities on Unifrog.




Here are some useful careers websites for parents/carers, students and teachers to access and find out more about future education and career options for our students:


Amazing Apprenticeships www.amazingapprenticeships.com

•Everything you need to know about all types of apprenticeships.


Apprenticeships in Sussex www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com

•Search for apprenticeship, traineeship and pre-employment training in Sussex.


Careers Box www.careersbox.co.uk

•Short films about various careers from Music, Medical, Engineering and more. 


Career Pilot www.careerpilot.org.uk

•Plan your routes into different qualifications and job sectors.


Find an Apprenticeship www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

•Search and apply for an apprenticeship.  


Getmyfirstjob www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk

•Find apprenticeships and jobs. They can connect you with employers and universities to get you on the right track faster.


Health Careers www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

•Information about careers in healthcare.  


iCould www.icould.com

•Short videos of people in a variety of job sectors. 


National Careers Service www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

•Provides information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on education, training and work. 


Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk

•Careers and university guidance. Take a quiz to find out which job would suit you.


Step into the NHS www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

•Explore over 350 career options within the NHS.


Success at School www.successatschool.org 

•Explore careers, employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.


UCAS www.ucas.com

•A centralised service that students use to apply to university. A useful tool for students to explore their future options and potential courses available.


Unifrog www.unifrog.org

•An online platform all students at SPH will be using and can access from home to record their activities, skills, competencies and more.


Contact Us

The Bosco Trust, at:
St Philip Howard Catholic School
Elm Grove South
West Sussex
PO22 0EN

Telephone: 01243 552 055
Fax: 01243 552 900
Email: office@sphcs.co.uk