Holy Cross pupils begin to consider their future beyond secondary school as early as Year 7 and we have an integrated Careers Programme which aims to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

All pupils study Careers in SMSC days that fall throughout the school year. This gives pupils the opportunity to explore different aspects of Careers, become aware of their strengths and weaknesses and extend their career aspirations.

Year 9 pupils begin to consider their GCSE options and experience an “Industry Day” in which many local employers, businesses, vocations, professional organisations and tradesmen are invited to visit Holy Cross. Students are given the opportunity to talk to people about careers they may have some interest in or careers in which they are merely curious about.

In Year 10, students will meet with representatives of our local Further Education colleges and also work through tasks on “Kudos” which will offer suggestions about possible careers that may be appropriate for their personal qualities and academic profile.

In Year 11, support is given to all pupils to make the right choices for post-16. We pride ourselves in supporting our pupils on to the next stage of their employment, education and training and NEETs are very rare at Holy Cross. We give them the opportunity to speak with prospective colleges and employers and provide guidance throughout the application process.

In this section you will find important information about our Careers Programme and also useful links to local college and employer websites. Please take some time to read and digest the information.

Download – Careers Guidance Notes for Leavers

Download – Apprenticeships letter

Useful Careers Links

Work Experience

The BAE Systems Work Experience Programme will take place again in 2020. This is a great way for students to consider career choices and provide them a better view of opportunities available. The programme helps young people learn about particular occupations and is a chance to develop their experience, skills and behaviours employers are looking for. More details are available from their welcome letter.


The National Apprenticeship Show North will take place at the Bolton Arena between Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019. More details and information on how to get involved are available from their website.

Bosch Advanced Apprenticeship Programme offers automotive apprentice opportunities and are now on the lookout for new students. Find out more form their poster.

Westinghouse Springfields work in the neuclear energy sector and are looking for school leavers to join their Apprenticships programme. To learn more about the comapny and the scheme, visit the company’s page on the Start website.


NHS Careers will be holding an event on 20 November 2019 at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to learn more about apprenticeships, careers, and university career paths. Find out more from their poster.

The Young Doctor Programme is taking place at the University of Manchester on 1 December 2019 and gives students aged 15-18 will be immersed in a 360-degree experience of practising medicine, and coached on how to maximise their chances of gaining a place at a top medical school. Find out more from their website.


A-Level Decisions

Personal Statement Tips for College and Apprenticeship Applications

Policies and Strategies

Careers Strategy 2018-2020

Gatsby Benchmarks 2019-2020