Christleton High School Students

Pathway (Careers)

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy can be accessed within this section.

The Careers Leader is Mrs S. Lister
Telephone: 01244 335 843

The Careers Advisor is Mrs S. Wood
Telephone: 01244 335 843
Mrs Wood is also available for appointments in school on Thursdays

How does the school measure the impact of the careers programme on pupils?

Quality assurance and student/parent voice

Student/Parent voice:

We survey both students and parents on an annual basis to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our careers programme and continually improve what we are delivering. During the academic year 2021-2022 we are seeking to involve our students in re-branding our careers programme alongside significantly improving our programme. We will be looking to measure the impact of these changes by surveying students and parents Summer 2022.

Quality assurance of Careers Advisor

A student panel will be gathered to discuss the careers provision, using the questions from the student questionnaire to structure the sessions. Within this discussion, students’ experience of their careers interview will be discussed. Furthermore, once a year, a similarly qualified careers advisor will observe a number of careers interviews and report to the Careers Lead.


The Careers Lead attends regular CWAC Cluster meetings and any appropriate training of staff CPD will be undertaken during Wednesday P5 CPD sessions.

Do you know what Pathway you wish to take...?

Pathway logo

Pathway is the name for everything we offer at Christleton to prepare students for their future world of work.

Pathway activities include careers advice sessions, work-related learning, progression to employment events, and higher education / university conventions.

Pathway people are all those who are available to help Christleton students make choices for their future direction, and include:

  • Mr Mike Cosstick: Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers Education and Transition
  • Mrs Jean Charlton: School Governor and co-ordinator of our Volunteer Network of industry professionals
  • Mrs Karen Varley: Personal and Vocational Guidance Administrator, including co-ordination of programme of work placements
  • Mrs Sylvia Wood: Pathway Advisor
  • Mr Ian Hollywood: Head of Citizenship / PSHE and co-ordinator of the PSHE careers programme
  • Form tutors, Subject teachers, and Heads of Year

Our aim is to ensure that all students are given the best start for a rewarding future career during their time at Christleton so they can move on to a secure working future, whether it be at age 16, 18, 21 and beyond.

Full details on KS4 and KS5 destinations can be found in our Key Performance Indicators

Pathway priorities

  1. Increase awareness of students, teachers, and parents of employment opportunities and Pathways available
  2. Further develop employability skills of all students
  3. Offer impartial and independent careers advice and guidance to pupils in all Key Stages, which builds on and supplements the activities currently taking place within the school

We welcome any comments or suggestions on how we can improve and develop further. Please contact Mr Cosstick (send email) or Mrs Varley (send email)

Pathway Employability skills

Did you know...?

Universities and employers have identified a sub-set of skills as particularly desirable. At Christleton we are always looking for ways to develop these skills in our students. These seven employability skills are:

  1. Self-management - readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/ reflective learning
  2. Teamworking - respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/ persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others
  3. Business and customer awareness - basic understanding of the key drivers for business success - including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks - and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty
  4. Problem solving - analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions
  5. Communication and literacy - application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning
  6. Application of numeracy - manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)
  7. Application of information technology - basic IT skills, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines