Careers Information

Our aim:

At Stretford High School we recognise and value the importance of high-quality careers education and guidance in motivating and inspiring our young people and helping them to make informed choices about their future pathways and careers. We are extremely proud of the career education, information and guidance that our students receive at Stretford High School.

Our school vision is ‘CARE’: Community, Aspiration, Resilience and Education.  This underpins the delivery of our career programme. A good careers education and guidance is an integral strand of a young person’s education and is crucial in raising aspirations, and helping pupils emerge from school as responsible citizens, determined to do their best and ready for the world of work.

Key staff:

Mrs Helen Adshead is the newly appointed Careers Lead for school and will be working closely with teachers, the KS4 Year teams and our Connexions Advisor, Mr Pete Lovatt. to ensure that students are well informed about their post 16 opportunities and supported in their next steps.

Mr Lovatt is a highly trained careers advisor who is supporting Stretford High School to ensure our young people reach their full potential. He will also be available for students and parents/carers to meet at KS4 parent evenings, Year 9 option meetings and results day.

Beyond school, Mr Lovatt and the Connexions team have a wraparound duty of care to work with some of our Year 11 pupils during the summer holidays, supporting their transition to further education, a work placement or an apprenticeship.

Connexions Trafford

Mrs Adshead and Mr Lovatt are based in the school library and can be contacted via the school telephone number, 0161 876 1850 or directly via email;

Mrs Adshead –

Mr Lovatt – (working days are Wednesday & Thursday)

Careers Marketplace 

The careers MarketPlace event took place on November 24th (4:30 – 7:00pm). The aim of the event is to showcase the world of work from as wide a range of businesses as possible. The event is for our Yr9 students and thier families as they start to think about GCSE options choices. Students will have the opportunity to engage with employers about what their business does, the variety/typres of roles undertaken and access routes to employment.  Information will be forthcoming for the next event in 2023!

Professional Guests information for Careers Marketplace 2022

Careers in the curriculum:

All students have a wide range of opportunities to experience meaningful careers encounters across all their curriculum subjects, both in the classroom and through educational visit opportunities. In addition, Careers lessons are delivered through the KS3 EE Curriculum by Mr Chris Hirst and Mrs Phillipa Latham.

The following link details the school’s Careers programme and KS3 Careers lessons content.

The school’s Careers programme is reviewed annually at the end of each academic year.

Schools have a legal requirement to ensure education and training providers are introduced to their students during specified phases of learning, as part of an effort to help boost the numbers of students going on to further education every year.

This is known as the ‘Baker Clause’ and it first came into existence as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, introduced on January 2nd 2018.

The intent of the Baker Clause is to address the skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the UK’s economy by requiring schools to give training providers access to all students in Years 8 – 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.

All schools need to proactively ensure that each registered meets with a representative range of education and training providers to whom access is given and that the providers are providing the following set of prescribed information:

  • Information about the provider and the approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships that the provider offers
  • Information about the careers to which those technical education qualifications or apprenticeships might lead
  • A description of what learning or training with the provider is like
  • Responses to questions from the students about the provider or technical education qualifications and apprenticeships


At Stretford High School, our aim is to give our students the very best career support we can, so they are well informed and have a clear idea of the different further education and career pathways available to them. We use an outstanding career platform to guide them through their career education and college application process called ‘Unifrog’ This platform is continually kept up to date with information about different colleges, apprenticeships and Universities across Britain and the wider world.

At a click of a button our students can research hundreds of different jobs within a work sector and what qualifications are needed to access this career pathway. They can watch videos and hear university students talking about what life is really like when they get to University and what they would recommend future students to do. There are also videos on apprenticeships and other vocational training pathways.

Parents and students can access this platform, we introduce our students to this outstanding resource from Year 7 and we are proud to be the second highest school user of the platform from across the country.

One pupils leave Stretford High School, they keep their Unifrog account and can continue to use it at Sixth Form or College to support them with their next steps.

Year 11 Guidance:

All Year 11 students will be given at least one individual appointment to meet with our Connexions advisor, Mr Lovatt.

The aim of the appointments is to support and guide our students as they start to think and make decisions about next steps after school. Students as they they start to think and make decisions about next steps after school. Students will be able to explore the opportunities available and start to plan for future study and a career.

In order to make the most of the appointment time, students are encouraged to take some time before the appointment to think about interests and hobbies outside school, what they’d like to do in the future (work, study or both) and to make a note of any questions they want to ask. It will also be useful for them to start some general research about areas of work or study that interest them/

School arranges a number of visits to school so that Yr11 students are able to hear directly from colleges and training providers, Parental support is vitally important for students who are making key decisions about what path they will take when they leave Stretford High School. Talking with them about this informally at home will really help decision making and supporting them with visits to college open events will add real value to making a secure decision about next steps after school.

Careers Benchmarks & Awards:

In 2013, Sir John Holman was commissioned by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to set out what career guidance in England would be like if it were good by international standards, resulting in the Good Career Guidance report. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks set out in the report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges.

Stretford High School is proud to fully meet the Benchmark criteria.

Information Inspiring IAG Award

Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high-quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

Inspiring IAG is a three-stage process; Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three. Organisations progress through each stage during which their provision is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity & raising aspirations.

  • Management and Leadership
  • Design and Delivery of CEIAG
  • Working with Partners
  • Information and Communication
  • Outcomes for Young People
  • Involving Parents and Careers

Stretford High School is proud to have successfully achieved Stage Three of this award (September 2020) and will now be working towards securing re-accreditation.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Careers Hub:

School is working closely with Laura Johnson, Enterprise Coordinator for Trafford, from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Careers Hub, to support and help prepare young people to actively participate and thrive in the economy. Over the last academic year, it’s been fantastic to see how careers education programmes in schools and colleges working with the Careers Hub have developed and evolved to help prepare young people to actively participate and thrive in the economy. Laura has identified that now, more than ever, it is crucial that our young people have access to comprehensive information, advice, guidance and exposure to the world of work so they can continue to have hope and optimism for their future. Stretford High School looks forward to Laura’s continued support to further strengthen our careers provision and our work together, so that we can ensure that our students receive a careers programme that meets their need.

The Stretford High School progress report for 2022 can be found Here

Enterprise Link:

We are delighted and fortunate to have Naomi Timperley as our school’s volunteer Enterprise Advisor. Naomi works closely with the career team at Stretford High School, supporting us with our extensive career programme and advising on digital career opportunities in the North West. She is an inspiration for our young people, motivating our students to leave Year 11 as confident, successful young people.

Co Founder of Tech North Advocates and GSI, proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly’s ‘Most Influential Women in UK IT’ for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Naomi is a highly experienced growth and innovation consultant with established relationships across the UK. She has extensive experience working with start-ups and growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors. Naomi has been a mentor for 8 years and mentored several hundred businesses She is an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board. Naomi also sits on the board of charity Digital Inc. and social Enterprise PIE. She has previously been AIR of Future Everything and Capital Pilot.