Careers Advice at SMWCA

Careers education, advice and guidance within school is provided by Mrs Poole (the careers lead) who can be contacted by email

Clive Shaw is our independent careers advisor who can be contacted by email

If you are a parent or employer who can offer any support to our careers programme, e.g. talks, supported sessions, mock interviews etc please contact Mrs Poole at

Post 16 Choices presentaion helps you to understand the options available, what you need to do next and where to go for help and guidance.

Success at School is a national careers website for students aged 11-19, as well as their teachers, parents and other influencers. Advice for parents can be found on the following link and a parents and carers guide to Helping your child begin their career journey.

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships tells you everything you need to know about how apprenticeships can give your child the edge.

Work Experience – choose your work experience from a range of programmes that give students aged 12-14 or 15-18 an immersive experience of their dream career. Work alongside top professional through a series of role-plays, seminars, simulations and networking sessions.

Calling all St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy Alumni!  Please click on the following link for information on how you can motivate and inspire our current students into feeling more confident about decision making and their futures Future First

Career Opportunities


Explore events for apprenticeships here

Accountancy, Banking & Finance

Explore a career in finance through this interactive link: Accountancy, Banking & Finance Careers


Why Drama is useful to a number of careers, including law and medicine. Why universities think that Drama is a qualification worth having: The Importance of Drama: Transferable Skills

STEM Careers and Engineering

Take part in the Big Quiz for an opportunity to win prizes Tomorrows Engineers Big Quiz

Careers in Construction

Careers in Construction: resources and worksheet Careers in Construction or advice, information and guidance at Go Construct

Go Compare highlights the UK’s riskiest jobs

Local College Open Events

Newcastle College

Stoke-on-Trent College

Stoke College open events

Reaseheath College

Useful careers information in light of the Coronavirus outbreak

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched. Free courses are available through the new online platform hosted on the website, called the Skills Toolkit, link: The Skills Toolkit  Further information can be found on the article via the following link : New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

Other useful platforms

Personality Profile

Take the Buzz Quiz  to find out your personality profile in a fun way


We use Kudos in school to explore work that is suited to an individual’s skills and interests. Students are able to use Kudos at home and I have attached the Parents Ebook for support: Parents Ebook

Higher Horizons Activities

Many of our students in years 9-13 will have worked with Higher Horizons (visits to Keele or Staffs for study days, White Water Writers, Exotic Zoo etc). HH have provided some online resources to support home learning and all resources can be found at

Higher Horizons

Success at School

A range of resources from a range of employers:   Employer careers and educational resources you can use