For the latest Careers Information, please visit your Year Group or Tutor Group Google Classroom pages. New opportunities posted weekly.

2020 – 2021 has been another exciting year for careers at Kings Priory School. Despite the challenging circumstances we’ve continued to support our pupils with their career aspirations.

We continue to engage with the nationally respected Gatsby Benchmarks and have made significant progress towards achieving these as our careers advice and guidance goes from strength to strength. 

2020 – 2021 Careers Highlights

Year 13 – Bespoke UCAS and Apprenticeship support and guidance for all students to prepare for their next steps

Year 12 Early Bird Applicants – Bespoke support sessions with Mr Sanderson

Year 12 – Work Experience Programme – 28 June – 2 July 2021

Year 11 – Impartial careers guidance interviews completed for the whole year group following on from Kings Priory School’s first KS4 Work Experience Programme completed by this cohort whilst in Year 10 in March 2020

Year 10 – Virtual Work Experience Programme 28 June – 2 July 2021

Year 8 – Digital ‘Choices’ programme to support the cohort in selecting their GCSE options for Year 9

What’s Happened this Year already?

Year 13 - Bespoke UCAS support and guidance for all students to prepare for their next steps is back underway again and Year 13 have had a Degree Level Apprenticeship awareness assembly

Year 12 Visit to the UK University and Apprenticeship Fair at St James Park

Year 11 – Impartial careers guidance interviews with Carol Myers from Connexions have begun in earnest

Coming up?

Year 12 and 13 welcome the return of a range of speakers from the world of work to support and guidance sessions again this year.

Year 13 and Year 11 Apprenticeship assemblies and workshops begin in November and run throughout the year to support pupils in seeking alternative pathways Post 16 and 18.

Year 11 – Flying Futures’ ‘Skills Booster’ programme running with approximately 20 Year 11 pupils to boost their employability skills in a post-pandemic world

Years 10 and 12 Work Experience window will run from July 4 – 8 2022

Year 10 will also see the return of Esh’s ‘Building My Skills’ Programme in January, where they get the opportunity to hear from a range of businesses on a number of aspects of the world of work, culminating in a celebration event in the summer geared towards mock interviews with industry professionals and a real opportunity to secure work experience as a result.

Year 8 – ‘Choices’ Programme will return in its ‘live’ form this year with a launch assembly and range of support available in the lead up to Year 8 GCSE Options Evening in January

First School

PLUS many more opportunities to engage with employers and the world of work through the PSHE curriculum and in subject areas across all key stages. Continue to check ParentMail and google classroom for the latest news and events.

Good Career Guidance

Since his appointment in January 2018 our careers leader Mr James Hand has worked in partnership with the NELEP and other local partners to help develop the school’s careers programme. After a successful period as the school’s Enterprise Adviser we have said goodbye to Mr Tim Bailey of xsitearchitecture and welcome Dr Sam Whitehouse of lightox to build on the excellent foundations of Tim’s work with the school.


We welcome interaction with local businesses and technical education and apprenticeship providers. Any interested employer or education establishment should contact the school and speak with Mr Hand or Mr Phil Nicholson (Vice Principal, Head of Senior School). See Technical and Further Education Act 2017 commonly known as the Baker Clause (Access Policy) here for further details.


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:

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