St. Joseph's Catholic College

Careers - Parents Area

Education can sometimes feel complicated for parents and carers. Whilst we have all been to school when we were younger, the educational landscape has changed with new qualifications and career paths being offered for our children once they finish their GCSEs.

During their time at St. Joseph’s, your children will have to make a number of decisions that will influence the course of their futures. They will ask themselves:

  • What subjects should I take at GCSE?
  • What do I enjoy studying?
  • What are my skills and talents that I can use in the future?

As parents and carers, your children will call upon you for help and advice; they will want your input on any decisions they make. At St. Joseph’s, we want to work with you in ensuring your child makes the best possible choices, which are informed through careful exploration and research. We want to work with you to help your child develop those skills and qualities and that are prized by employers, so that they have happy and successful futures in their chosen careers.

You will have opportunities to discuss future plans for your child on the following occasions:

  • Parents and Carers Evenings, where you will meet your child’s teachers and you can find out more about their skills and qualities
  • The annual Options Evening, where you can find out more about the GCSE options available to your child
  • The annual Post-16 Evening, which is a “one-stop-shop” for you to meet all the local further and higher education providers, apprenticeship providers and local employers

The key people in helping your children plan for their futures are:

  • The Form Tutor, who delivers the Citizenship programme and is also the person who knows your children best throughout their time at St. Joseph’s.
  • The Careers Adviser, who gives individual careers advice and guidance to students in years 10 and 11.
  • The Careers Lead, who negotiates for your child’s opportunities with outside agencies. The Careers Lead is Mrs Kathryn Sanders. If you have any questions about your child’s careers education, please contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On the Student Page, you will find links to online resources that your child can use to help with careers education. Please do hesitate to explore these sites. Also, if you wish to give any feedback on careers education at St. Joseph’s, please do not hesitate to contact the Careers Lead.