2018 - 2019 has been an exciting year for careers at Kings Priory School.

Since the autumn we have actively engaged with the nationally respected Gatsby Benchmarks and made progress towards those benchmarks as our careers advice and guidance goes from strength to strength. 

Good Career Guidance

In January 2018 we appointed Mr James Hand as our school careers lead (a role he will combine with his geography teaching) and in the same month, we were just as delighted to announce our First School enterprise adviser. Mr Tim Bailey of will work with us to build our links with local business in a range of different areas. Tim’s role was the result of our engagement with a local careers networking group organised by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.


We welcome interaction with local businesses and technical education and apprenticeship providers. Any employer or education establishment should contact the school and speak with Mr Hand or Mr Phil Nicholson (Vice Principal, Head of Senior School).

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks provide the structure to our growing careers programme which aims to give all our pupils the advice and guidance they need to make informed decisions at each of their school career crossroad points. In 2017-18 some of the activities or support we have provided in school are listed below:

  • All Year 8 pupils had a workshop session from the North Tyneside Connexions team to help them make their GCSE choices

  • All Year 10 pupils have been engaged in Esh Group’s 'Building My Skills' project since September with regular speakers from local business visiting school.

  • All Year 11 pupils have had a one-to-one impartial careers interview with a qualified careers adviser from North Tyneside Connexions. Follow-up interviews have also taken place for some pupils and our first ever Year 11 Apprenticeship Workshop took place in March

  • The school hosted over fifteen different employers in March for our second (now annual) Year 12 Careers Fair. All our Year 12 pupils (and our Year 13) now have a globalbridge profile to help connect with potential employers and University destinations.


  • Year 12 pupils attended the Tyneside UCAS Convention in April which allowed them access to hundreds of universities. Year 12 have also had a number of talks from other providers; for example the Civil Service Apprenticeship scheme and A Star Future on studying abroad.

  • Year 13 have successfully completed their UCAS applications with 91.25% of Year 13 applying via UCAS. All those students not applying have had one-to-one careers interviews to help them with their next stage

  • The school has been working with Grofar since April 2018 to help track our careers programme for all our pupils as they move through school so their careers profile is built digitally as they progress. Grofar (a nationally recognised careers company) also provides the opportunity for pupils to evaluate the impact of their careers experiences and this area of the system will be more fully developed in 2018-19, alongside other pupil voice exercises.

Still to come in 2018…

  • Year 9 pupils have a careers focus in their PHSE lessons and plans have been formed for their Careers Fair which will take place on Monday 2 July. Mr Tim Bailey, our Enterprise Adviser has led on this event

  • Some Year 10 pupils will join the Formica mentoring programme later in 2018 

  • Year 12 have a two-day school UCAS conference in July to help with their UCAS application. And from Monday 25 June Year 12 will begin a work experience programme at The Central Exchange, North Shields. This will be the school's first-ever structured work experience.

    At the exchange

  • A series of talk-ins with employers is planned for the Autumn and Spring Term

  • First School events are being planned for 2018-19 in the stage of development

How is the careers provision assessed at Kings Priory School?

The school is developing a multi-level approach to assessing careers provision.

  • Termly review of the school’s achievement of the Gatsby Benchmarks, with careers, lead and SLT link. Evidence is recorded in a living document, tracking progress against the benchmarks and is used to inform priority planning for the following academic year.

  • Through our careers package Grofar, pupils are sent feedback request forms for all careers events that they attend. This is then collated and informs discussions in termly careers review meetings and the planning of future, re-occurring events.

  • Employers and External providers that deliver sessions to pupils and students are sent feedback request forms which are used to inform the planning of future, re-occurring events.

  • The careers leader and SLT link meet fortnightly to discuss the day-to-day logistics of the school’s career program – making adjustments to improve the quality of current provision and plan for future provision to be increasingly effective.

  • From Autumn Term 2018, careers learning walks will take place to track, monitor and evaluate the impact of curriculum links with careers. Feedback will then be shared with CTLs to inform future curriculum planning decisions.

A full overview of the careers programme at Kings Priory School can be found in our annually reviewed Careers Policy (coming soon to this website). Pupils, parents, staff and employers can access this document to find out more about careers at our school.

Please keep checking here, read the school newsletters and follow the Senior School twitter feed @KPS_Senior for more careers news and advice. The twitter feed will retweet helpful information for parents and pupils too!

Mr Hand can be contacted at school on 0191 258 5995 or email

Other Useful Careers Links:


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Careers Policy 03rd Jul 2019 Download
Baker Clause 03rd Jul 2019 Download
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