Tottington High SchoolCareers Information, Education, Advice and Guidance
Within these pages you will find useful information for both students of Tottington High School and their parents/carers.
We are committed to providing quality and impartial careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) ensuring students are able to make informed and aspirational choices about their future routes.
CEIAG is delivered through form time, assemblies, individual subject’s curriculum and in Personal Development lessons. The Gatsby Benchmarks are clearly mapped out in all we deliver.
Tottington High School careers provision aims to:
- Enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment through investigating opportunities available to them at a local, national and international level.
- Support students in developing and implementing action plans so that they can take ownership of their own future at and beyond Key Stage 4.
- Provide opportunities to develop enterprise and employment skills.
- Promote equality of opportunity, challenge stereotyping and support inclusion.
- Help students develop an understanding of themselves and others.
- Careers advice: We work with Kevin Welch at Realistic Choices to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to students. During their school career all students will receive an individual interview and have the opportunity to book additional interviews should they be needed. We also run group sessions on different aspects of further study (e.g. post 16 pathways – what apprenticeships are and how to apply) and careers (e.g. job sector requirements – what subjects and experience are needed to become a dentist).
- Curriculum foci: Careers knowledge, skills and experiences are developed in lessons. Topics and individual lessons within subjects focus on different aspects of careers. E.g. managing finances in business, employment sectors in geography, persuasive writing in English.
- Careers events: We provide opportunities for students in every year group to develop their careers knowledge, skills, expertise and experiences. These career events take a variety of forms, ranging from college taster days and visits from Colleges and Apprenticeship providers to a designated option day in school when year 9 make their GCSE choices.
- Careers links: We work closely with local education and training providers to ensure that students and parents are aware of the different pathways available to them e.g. A-levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, technical qualifications.
Careers information for Students
Life after Tottington High School
Before applying to any College or for an apprenticeship, you must consider what possible job/career you would like to have.
You can browse job profiles at https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
Select a job or sector, this will then give you details of the work, hours, income, entry requirements, training and skills required.
When applying for college courses or apprenticeships, check the entry requirements. Are you likely to get the exam grades needed?
It is recommended that you submit a minimum of 2 applications.
Here is a list of some local colleges and apprenticeship providers:
Holy Cross College
Hopwood Hall College
The Growth Company
The Manchester College
All students will receive a careers interview during KS4. If you feel you would benefit from an interview prior to this or require an additional interview, please speak to Kevin Welch or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Information for Parents
As parents and carers you play a vital part in ensuring your child gains the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave Tottington High School. This website should provide you with all the information you need to help you to take an active role in your child’s Careers Education.
Our partnership with the school’s Careers Adviser, Kevin Welch, at Realistic Choices provides parents/carers with the opportunity to view a personalised careers action plan from for their child.
Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact Mrs J Benigno on email@example.com
GDPR Privacy Notice
A copy of your action plan will be kept in school along with details of your future option choice ideas. The information may be kept in either a paper or electronic form but will be kept securely in either a locked drawer or an encrypted file.
Why do I need this information?
Information is stored so that you can access the action plan if you need a copy for the future and to help support your progression into a positive outcome of Education, Employment or Training when you finish school.
Your information will only be shared with other agencies if you pass written consent onto Realistic Choices or school. The only reason information will be passed on without your consent will be if there is a safeguarding issue which may result in harm to yourself or others.
How long will I keep the information?
Information will only be held on you for two years after you finish school in Year 11 and it will then be either deleted or shredded.
What are your rights?
If you feel that the information we keep on you is incorrect, or you do not want personal information held you have the right to have the information deleted or corrected. If you have any further questions linked to this document, please contact Kevin Welch at Realistic Choices or the schools Careers Co-Ordinator.
Further information can also be found at www.ico.org.uk
Bolton College video – Get into Career Mode in 2021
If you are thinking of applying to Holy Cross College, this event gives you an opportunity to view the College facilities, and to gather information you need about the subjects they offer. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to course leaders and the admissions team.
Parents of children in Years 10 and 11 – Your invitation to Bury Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 23 September 2020 3.00pm – 7.00pm
Introducing our Careers Manager : MR Kevin Welch
I am extremely passionate about supporting and helping people to make informed realistic choices about their future plans. Choosing a career is not an easy thing to do. I feel that people can be supported through the careers guidance process to enable them to have an understanding of how their aptitude, skills and qualifications link to their hopes and ambitions.
I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance in 2003 and began working as a Personal Adviser for the Connexions Service in Bury. I supported young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty five who had a wide variety of different needs. My role progressed to Team Manager which gave me further insight into the careers service wherein I worked closely with various agencies, supported staff and planned and worked on several projects linked to young people.
The variety within my careers work has allowed me to develop a wealth of experience working with young people and adults. I have completed this work in a range of different settings including secondary schools, youth centres, colleges, training providers and SEND provision.
I now manage Realistic Choices which delivers support, advice and guidance to students in the Bury area. My work in schools has included one to one careers guidance, group work, careers events and option choice support.
Kevin Welch B.A PG.D.C.G
Registered Careers Manager
Attainment 8 Score
Ebacc Average Point Score
4 or above in English & Maths
5 or above in English & Maths
Tottington High School collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Tottington High School is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is Shaw Education Trust Head Office, Kidsgrove Secondary School, Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove. ST7 4DL. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy: firstname.lastname@example.org