Explore Some Career Ideas and Options...

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At Fulford School we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education plus information, advice and guidance through these website pages, our Careers Library and specialised staff. We have traditionally been very successful at ensuring our students are on an appropriate pathway post 16 and 18 and measurable outcomes such as a lower than average level of students who are not in education, employment or training, with 0% ‘NEETs’ in 2019, are something we are justifiably proud of.


In 2018 we successfully supported all of our Year 11 cohort in finding and gaining an offer for post-16 and 100% of our students went on to an actual post-16 destination that met the ‘duty to participate’.


We are currently reviewing our careers programme and provision to ensure that we fully meet all of the requirements which need to be in place by the end of 2020 to fully meet the needs of all our students.


As part of an increased investment in Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Fulford we have recently appointed a careers advisor. This multi faceted role will include conducting individual careers interviews and further enhancing our employer engagement across the whole school.

Contact Details:

Miss S. Birkby (Careers Lead)

Fulford's Career Programme...



Thursday 12th November 2020                                                           

Sixth Form Open Evening

Monday 23rd November – Friday 4th December 2020                         

Mock Examinations

Monday 7th January 2021                                                                   

Year 11 reports home

Tuesday 26th January 2021                                                     

Year 11 Parent’s Evening

Fulford School Provider Access Policy



This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  •  To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


Management of provider access requests procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Sarah Birkby,

Careers Leader,

Telephone: 01904 633300



Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 8Assembly opportunitiesKS4 options event Assembly opportunitiesAssembly opportunities
Year 9Assembly opportunitiesAssembly opportunitiesAssembly opportunities
Year 10Assembly opportunities

Work experience preparation sessions

Work experience

Assembly opportunities

Assembly opportunities

Careers Fair

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 10 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Year 11

Assembly opportunities

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 11 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Assembly opportunities

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 11 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Year 12

Introduction to Career Ready

Assembly – employability and apprenticeships

Launch work experience

Employability workshops with Hiscox

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Assembly opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Day – includes employer and university presentations

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options

Year 13

Assembly presentations from a variety of employers

Finance workshop with Barclays

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Skills Yorkshire Event and ongoing student support

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Assembly opportunities


Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.


Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.


Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Year 8 Careers Unit 5 weeks

This unit starts off by pupils exploring likes and dislikes regarding careers via a computer programme that then suggests careers based upon their choices. It is intended to foster a spirit of enquiry as pupils begin to actively research different occupations. In another lesson pupils are given imaginary jobs and their compare different jobs in order to raise awareness of the variety of different routes into employment as well as introducing the pupils to a variety of career related terms.


Lessons then move onto looking  at decision making and choosing KS4 options. Pupils also examine equal opportunities in subject choice and career choices as well as good and bad reasons for choosing an option subject. They have a taster lesson in the only subject that has no KS3 access – Business studies. Finally, pupils are encouraged to consider how quickly the world of work is changing.


To further support option choices there is an options evening on Monday21st January 2019  and of course parents evenings prior to option decisions being made.


Year 11 Careers unit 23 weeks (12 lessons)

In the unit pupils will look at the different pathways post 16 including Fulford Sixth Form, Other Schools Sixth Forms, Vocational routes, Employment and apprenticeships. All students will have talks from York College. As well as taught sessions, pupils will be able to follow their interests and undertake more detailed investigations into different pathways. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to investigate specific jobs and careers as well as have particular careers suggested via software packages. There are valuable opportunities for pupils to discover more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who they could possibly become. Finally, Year 11 also encompasses practical career skills and tools such as CV writing and interviews.

Sixth Form Careers Information

For information about Careers in the 6th Form, please click here

How does the school measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils?
Image of bar chart showing the percentage of students in the 2018 cohort with an intended destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.8%) with a September Guarantee Offer Made (School 100% and York average 98.7%) and an actual destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.2%)

Click to view the full Destinations Report

The primary measurement of the effectiveness of the careers programme on pupils at key stage 4 is through destination data.  We are very proud of the fact that we have an extremely low level of “NEETs” with 100 % of students meeting the duty to participate in 2018.


The impact of the careers programme is also measured via a large scale electronic student survey encompassing a wide range of aspects of the programme.


The careers information on our website is reviewed at least annually in the Autumn term, may also be updated with any changes occurring during the year, and was last amended in October 2019.


York apprenticeships
Employment issues