Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance 

Sale High School prides itself on it's careers education. Our exceptional work in this area has led to the school being awarded the 'Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Quality Award'.





At Sale High School we recognise the vital importance of careers education and guidance in helping young people to make informed choices about their future. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in raising aspirations and helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work.

The designated careers lead for Sale High School is Mr Williams, Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Progress and Transition (KS4 into KS5) and Head of Year 11. 

To speak to someone about Careers please phone the main school number and ask for Mr Williams or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. read the school’s Careers policy please follow this link to the relevant page of our website.

Careers information books and resources are also available in our school library. These have been kindly donated by How2Become, the UK’s leading careers and educational information and development website. From here, you can learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass psychometric tests and also how to pass any job interview. Why not check it out!

Careers apprenticeships

Careers Curriculum

Careers Website Employers

Careers Website LMI

Careers Website Parents


Careers Website students

Careers Website Year 11



Our careers advisor, Miss McGuigan from Trafford Connexions, provides impartial advice and guidance. She is based in the school’s Connexions office and is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Students can drop in at lunch or break-time to make an appointment. 

All Y11 students will have an individual careers interview with Miss McGuigan.

A careers interview is a confidential conversation. Parents can attend these appointments by contacting the careers advisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For more information please read our Careers policy 


Destinations post-16

Young people are now expected to stay in education or training up until the age of 18. Sale High School works hard to ensure that all of our students are fully informed about and prepared for life post-16. We closely monitor what our students do and where they go after leaving us in order to improve our careers provision. 

96.91% of 2017 leavers from Sale High School went on to education, employment or training.

  • 86.6% continued in education.

  • 8.25% went on to train through an apprenticeship.

For more information on the progression of our students please read our latest destinations report


Further Education Post 16

At the start of Year 11 we invite the local colleges and sixth forms to deliver assemblies to our students. During the year students will also be given presentations and information about Apprenticeships

There are 3 main routes which are available to students post-16: 


  • Choose 3 subjects

  • Ideal if you want to choose a wide range of subjects to study

Vocational course  

  • For those who have a real interest in a particular subject area


  • Earn money and gain industry experience in the workplace and a nationally recognised qualification

  • Most apprenticeships are 4 days in the workplace and 1 day at college or training centre


In Year 11 students leave the vertical tutoring system and are placed in Year 11 forms. Amongst other benefits, this allows our pastoral staff to disseminate key information and dates, including open days, apprenticeship and careers fairs, and university visits, and to monitor and support the writing of college applications. Year 11 tutors liaise closely with our careers advisor to ensure all students are prepared for life after school.


The Careers Curriculum at Sale High School

At Sale High School we deliver much of our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through 5 Super Learning days across the school year. On these days student timetables are collapsed and at least one of the sessions is delivered by our Careers team. Below is the Careers programme of study for Super Learning Days in 2018-19:




1. Personal Qualities

This unit explores the personal qualities employers are looking for. Students will explore what personal qualities they already have and what qualities they would need to develop.

2. What are the biggest challenges for me?

Students will explore the challenges they face in achieving their dreams and aspirations and how to overcome those challenges.

3. Where am I going?

In this unit students begin to consider their future education and career pathway and how they can improve their future options and life chances.

4. What does assertiveness mean?

Students will explore the importance of assertiveness in their interactions with others and particularly in the workplace, and develop strategies for being more assertive.


1. Effective Learners

In this topic students explore what it means to be an effective learner and how the qualities of an effective learner can help you in your future education and career.

2. Types of Work

Students learn about the different types of work that might be available to them in the future, including jobs that might not even exist yet…

3. Enterprise

Students explore the idea of enterprise and how enterprise works.

4. Team Working

Students explore and develop their own team working skills and are encouraged to consider the importance of team work in the workplace.

5. Employability Skills

Students will learn about the skills that employers are looking for and how their own sills might make them employable.


1. Gender Stereotypes

In this unit students will be encouraged to recognise and challenge gender stereotypes relating to careers, professions and the world of work.

2. Aspirations and Role Models

Students will consider the importance of role models and consider how their own aspirations are influenced by those around them.

3. Qualifications & Pathways

In this unit students learn about the different education pathways available to them post 16 and beyond, including apprenticeships, A Levels, Degrees and other qualifications.

4. Jobs in Manchester

As part of their careers education, students will learn about the current job market in their local area and the skills and qualifications that are in high demand among employers.

5. Rights and Responsibilities at work

Students will begin to engage with their rights and responsibilities as future employees and their relationship with employers.


1. Personal Presentation

Students will explore employer expectations regarding personal presentation and how they can make themselves more employable.

2. Being Employable

Leading on form the previous topic, students will explore in more detail how to make themselves more employable and consider the skills and qualities employers are looking for.

3. Communication

In this unit students explore the importance of good communication skills, particularly in the workplace, and are given the opportunity to develop their own interpersonal skills.

4. Personal Statements

As a vital part of the application process for further education, and as an introduction to CVs and job applications, it is essential that students make the most of this opportunity to learn how to write a high quality personal statement.

5. Routes to Employment

Students learn about the different pathways into employment and are encouraged to think about how they can approach securing their own chosen career.


1. Business Structure and Organisation

Students explore the different types of business structure and organisation that they might encounter during their careers, from sole traders to public companies, and consider the various strengths and weaknesses of each business model. 

2. Entrepreneurship and Risk

Leading on form the previous topic, students explore the meaning, and risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

The Careers team that delivers Super Learning Days is lead by Mr Williams, Assistant Head Teacher, and includes: Mr Scully, Mr Kelly, Mr Thomas, Miss Davies, Mr Pearson, Mrs Shawcross, Miss Welsh and Mrs Horn.

For more information on Super Learning Days follow this link to the relevant page on our website.


Useful Websites for Labour Market Information (LMI):


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General and Regional Overview:

National Careers Service

MIDAS Invest in Manchester

LMI on Creative Industries:

Creative Skill Set

LMI on Health:

NHS Careers

LMI on Science and Engineering:

Future Morph

Where STEM Can Take You

LMI on Education:

Get into Teaching TES

LMI on Finance and Legal:

Law Careers

Useful Websites for Apprenticeships in Manchester:

Digital / Media / Business

Financial Kaplan Training

National Apprenticeship Service:

National Apprenticeship Service



Further Careers information