"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

At Derby Cathedral School, we are passionate about supporting students through the process of deciding on their next steps, after they finish school.
Our careers programme equips students with the tools to make informed decisions about available pathways and possible future careers options, within the context of the local and national labour market. The programme also provides students with the tools to assess their strengths, areas for development, and interests to apply these to future career decisions, whilst encouraging aspirational choices and challenging misconceptions and stereotypes.


We provide impartial advice and guidance on further education, training and employment across KS3 and KS4 and offer opportunities for students to interact with employers and training and education providers alike. Careers education is also embedded into the curriculum through PSHE and subject learning. 


Our careers programme for 2021-2022 has been developed in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance (2014) and our school’s FAITH values. View the programme here:


Derby Cathedral School Careers Programme 2021-2022

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If you have any queries about the careers programme, year 10 work experience or provider access, please contact our Careers Leader, Miss Rowley: j.rowley@derbycathedralschool.org.uk. Our Careers Policy can be found on our policies page.


Information for students and parents:


We know that thinking about the future can be daunting and confusing, so we have put together a bank of useful online resources for students and parents to explore outside of school: 


Explore your interests, skills and qualities through a personality test:
www.icould.com/buzz-quiz


Do some career research:
www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers
www.prospects.ac.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers


Find information about the pathways on offer after you leave school:
These include Apprenticeships, T-Levels and Further Education:
www.amazingapprenticeships.com
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
www.derby-college.ac.uk


And Higher Education:
www.ucas.com


Explore local and national Labour Market Information:
www.lmiforall.org.uk/explore_lmi
www.d2n2lep.org/people-skills/labour-market-intelligence


Collect some tips and advice on employability, CV writing, career planning and more:
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers


Other useful information:
We’re pleased to announce the launch of Careers Derby’s START platform, which contains local careers information for students, parents, teachers and employers:  www.derby.startprofile.com/page/home-page


We also have access to the free local Decisionz magazine brought to us by D2N2, aimed at year 10 and 11 students and parents. View the Autumn 2021 issue of Decisionz here: www.hmagazine.decisionz.co.uk/books/uzet
Also new for this academic year, the school's LRC will feature a 'careers library' area full of related books, resources and further study prospectuses, including the How2Become series: www.how2become.com/careers/


The school is delighted to have access to the Unifrog platform for all year groups again this year. Our careers programme is evaluated regularly using the Compass+ tool. For more information on either of these, please get in touch with the Careers Leader. 


Provider access:
We are committed to creating opportunities for education and training providers to access all pupils in years 8 to 13 with the purpose of informing them about the opportunities on offer. Our full provider access statement can be viewed within our Careers Policy.


Employers and education and training providers looking to engage with Derby Cathedral School should get in touch with the Careers Leader on j.rowley@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.