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Careers Policies and Destination Information

Please download the Provider Access Policy for Colne Valley High School here.

Please download a copy of our Careers and Work Experience Policy here. The Careers and Work Experience Policy is currently under review and an updated version will be published this academic year- September 2023

View the destination information for our Year 11 Leavers 2023 here.

Colne Valley High School employ two Careers Advisers to support the students with Careers Advice and Guidance and ensure they make informed decisions regarding their Post 16 choices 

Contacting the Careers Department

The Careers Leader for Colne Valley High School is Mrs S Hardcastle.

Please contact her with any questions about the Careers service the school offers.

She is available on the school site 5 days per week during the school terms.

Mrs S Hardcastle     Available: Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.00pm                 

Contact details:      Tel: 01484 848680 ext 650

In addition, Mrs E Mawhinney also supports careers education at CVHS.

Mrs E Mawhinney    Available: Mondays and Tuesdays, 8.00am - 4.00pm       

Contact details:     Tel: 01484 848680 

You can also follow the Careers department on Twitter for updates on events within school and vacancies and events in the local area on @cvhs_careers

Provider Access Statement

All students in Years 8 - 11 are enabled to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions and to develop their employability so they make successful transitions post-16. We engage proactively with our local further education and work-based learning providers. Termly Business Breakfast events ensure regular two way communication with local employers. Through our comprehensive careers and employer engagement approach our students are able:

- To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.

- To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships through options events, assemblies, career spotlights, employer engagement events and taster sessions.

- To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

To view our Provider Access Policy, please access the policies section at the top of this page.

The Careers Education that your child will receive at Colne Valley High School

Careers Education Programme, Year 7-11 - you can view the Careers programme for the school here.

We measure and assess the impact of our careers provision in the following ways:

  - Y7-11 student attendance at Career Spotlight events
  - Y7-11 parental and student attendance and feedback at the events including 'guided        choices' and our Careers Fair which is held annually.
  - Y9 and 10 student attendance at Further and Higher education events e.g. Oxford,            Cambridge and across West Yorkshire
  - Attendance and feedback from our Careers Fair which is held annually.
 - Y11 completion of one week work experience and employer / student feedback
 - Y11 student completion of Post 16 applications to college, apprenticeship positions,          voluntary work etc.
 - Local business engagement with local companies including take up on work                        experience, contributions to Y11 mock interviews, support for Careers Spotlight               events; attendance the 'business breakfast' group
 - Post 16 student destinations, both immediately upon leaving school and using DFE           measures.  
 - Careers provision impact data is reviewed each year against whole school priorities.

Information is used to inform Key Stage 4 course provision and the planning of additional support for students (particularly disadvantaged students).

Local FE destinations data is published online as soon as available in the autumn term after students post 16.

National data sets become available around 1-2 years after students leave school and are published on our website.

 Measuring Success - the impact and success of the schools’ CEAIG programme is regularly evaluated through using the Compass Tool to measure the provision against each of the seven Gatsby benchmarks and through internal student voice feedback and evaluations.

 Work Experience

As part of the Careers programme, all Year 10 students will take part in work experience in the Summer Term. Please see the resources below which can support your child with securing a work placement.

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Careers information and resources for parents, students and staff

The websites below are useful when making plans for the future and considering career options.

Labour Market Information:

Find out about career areas that will be in demand in the future!

Career Exploration:

Morrisby offers interest based careers guidance and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Fast Tomato offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future. See Mrs Hardcastle for the code to log on to Morrisby.

Career Test  - find out which career suits your personality.

The National Careers Service - explore job roles and access a variety of careers information.

Prospects - explore careers and find out information on specific job roles. 

Making college applications and researching courses for Further and Higher Education:

In Year 11 all students will use Get Into to make their college applications and search for college courses. Your child will receive a username and password to access the site in Year 11. - What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use the Informed Choices website to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.

Apprenticeships - find out more about apprenticeships and search for vacancies:

Information on apprenticeships for students, parents and staff.  

Brightside Mentoring

Parent information on the Brightside Mentoring Programme can be found here:

Information for Employers/Businesses

Colne Valley High School offer a variety of career events and activities and are always looking to work more closely with employers. Some of the ways in which you can get involved are:

 Attend a Business Breakfast – we hold these twice and year and it is a good opportunity to network with other local businesses and find out more about the school.

  • Attend our Careers Fair –  looking for an apprentice or to promote your organisation? Come to our Careers Fair where we invite students from Years -11 to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available.
  • Offer a work experience placement – our Year 11 students take part in one week of work experience in October.
  • Deliver a spotlight session – speak to our students about the career path you have taken provide them information on specific career areas.
  • Join our Alumni network (link) – join our alumni network and find out about employer events and opportunities within school.
  • Join @cvhs_careers on Twitter, we will let you know about any upcoming events that you may want to be involved in.
  • Find out more about engaging with schools and consider signing up for ‘Give an hour’ (specifying Colne Valley High School when you sign up)
  • If you are interested in working with Colne Valley High School please contact Samantha Hardcastle on 01484 848680 or

    For more information on how your business can get involved with schools: