At Carleton High School we believe that students should be well prepared and well informed in making excellent decisions about their next steps.

We aim to challenge stereotypes, remove barriers and encourage students to consider the full range of careers available both locally and at a national level.

Below is a summary of the careers programme which can be accessed by students, teachers, parents and employers. You will also find the provider access policy along with dates for the next review. We welcome contact from employers who may be able to provide meaningful encounters and support our students by enhancing the well established careers programme. We work closely with the local authority to ensure all of our students are successful in securing appropriate next steps, and as a result have some of the best progression data both locally and nationally.  We also collaborate with enterprise advisors from the Leeds City region to share good practice and regularly use the Compass careers analysis tool to further improve the impact of our provision.

Work Experience

In the latter stages of year 10 students undertake work experience. This provides a powerful tool for the development of our young people, providing many students with the opportunity to excel in different and demanding circumstances doing much for many individuals’ self esteem. Work experience provides students with the opportunity to find out what it is like having to go to work everyday rather than being a student coming to school and can help them to have a clearer idea of what type of job or career they would like to have in the future. They are encouraged to develop team-working, time-keeping and communication skills as well as using their initiative and facing new challenges. Work experience often helps students to get a job later on when they have left school or possibly a part time job while they are still at school as well as Sixth Form, College and University applications

Careers Fair

Annually our Year 9 and 10 students attend the Pontefract Academies Trust Careers Fair which is held at Carleton High School. Over 30 representatives from sixth form colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and employers are available for students to discuss and research their post 16 options.

Links to our Local Providers

New College Pontefract

Wakefield College

Askham Bryan College

Prospectus UTC Leeds

Career Planning Websites


This is a really user-friendly site. It has great video clips and many other careers tools

Step into the NHS

There are 350 careers in the NHS. Use this website to watch videos, read case studies and learn more about the largest UK employer, with over 1.3 million employees.

Careers Box

Visit this site to see short videos of lots of people talking about their career, what brought them into it and what their job is really like.

Go Higher West Yorkshire

Help in navigating your higher education options.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses, resources and funding. It also has a CV builder and profiles on almost 800 different types of jobs.

Barclays Lifeskills

Barclay's Wheel of Strengths tool allows you to discover which jobs could suit you by picking your current skills, interests and personality traits.
Uncover roles that you might not have thought of before and find out low LifeSkills can help you develop skills further.

Apprenticeship Support


This is the national site for apprenticeship information and applications. You will need to register an account with them (it is free!).

Yorkshire Learning Provider

Yorkshire Learning Providers is a partnership with purpose, dedicated to developing, promoting & enhancing the education & skills landscape across Yorkshire

Find Apprenticeships

A new way to find and apply for an apprenticeship in England.

Labour Market Information

The term 'labour market' is used to refer to the interactions between those in need of labour (employers or buyers), and those who can supply labour (employees or sellers). Very simply, it is supply and demand of jobs. The labour market is in a constant state of change as it responds to the needs of employers, who in to respond to influences in the wider environment.

Future Goals

Future Goals is a great, local website to get inspiration, find local employers and learn about important skills to help with your future career.
You can visit their website by clicking on the link here you will be taken directly to the labour market report section of the website which contains easy to digest, interactive and engaging labour market information about West Yorkshire.


Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Careers Leader

Careers Leader:
Mrs K Rawling - Assistant Headteacher

T: 01977 781555