Sale High School

Year 11 - What Next?

 Wondering about life after Sale High?

What's the next step in your future pathway?

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make about your future.

This is a fantastic resource that provides confidential and impartial advice to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

Click Here or click the logo to visit the website.

To talk to an adviser call 0800 100 900.

We have a Connexions Adviser based in school who is able to give independent careers advice to any students who would like to talk with her. Our Adviser is Grainne McGuigan and although she has a programme of meetings with all students from year 8 to year 11 you can arrange an appointment whenever you need one. Her office is next to the decking area in front of the Maths classrooms. Grainne is on hand to help students from all year groups find the answers to a wide range of questions including local labour market information, Year 9 options choices, post 16 options, routes to university and different career paths that are open to young people.  Parents can contact Grainne if they would like any advice or would like to attend a careers interview with their son/daughter.

Grainne is in school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be reached by telephoning the school or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Work Experience

All students, at the end of Year 10, have a one-week work experience placement. This is intended to be a general introduction to the world of work, not training for a future career. Students need to find their own placement so they can find one which matches their interests as closely as possible.  Parents need to sign consent forms and help their children to find the best placement for them.

Key Dates in Year 11

Things move quickly in Year 11 and it is important that you are aware what is happening at each stage. Parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to attend careers interviews and to contact our Connexions Adviser with any queries.

September - December

Your son/daughter will be invited to have a careers interview with their Connexions Adviser

Colleges/Sixth Forms will hold open evenings

Many Sixth Forms & Sixth Form Colleges will have application deadlines during this time. Your son/daughter will need to make sure that they are aware of these deadlines and make sure that they apply in time.

January - May

If your son/daughter has not already done so now is the time for them to apply to colleges or apprenticeships

Attend college/sixth form interviews

June Onwards

Once your son/daughter leaves schoool they can still get advice, guidance and support from their Connexions Adviser by visiting their Connexions office or visit:


Most exam results are usually published in late August. Connexions Advisers will be available in school to offer advice and guidance if you son/daughter hasn't achieved the results they expected

Enrolment for College/Sixth form

Post 16 Choices

There are lots of different avenues available to students at the end of year 11. Follow this choices links for an outline of the choices you have.


Going on to College

We encourage all students to attend open days at local colleges and sixth-form centres. For open-day schedules, please check with each individual college:

Higher Education and Alternatives

University League Tables

Informed Choices from the Russell Group


Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular post 16 destination and can provide an ideal route into work and in some cases university.

The following sites can help you. They are full of information on what you can study, how you apply, who offers the schemes, and much, much more.

More Useful Websites: – careers in IT

Teaching and Learning Careers and Post 16 Pathways

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Sale High School, Norris Road, Sale, M33 3JR

0161 973 2713

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