Careers Education

Our aim is to engage you in your own career planning. This will support you with making a well- informed realistic decision on leaving St. Matthew’s based on the; skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained of yourself.

You will gain self-awareness, and will be able to match the outcomes to the opportunities open to you (opportunity awareness).

You will be equipped with the skills required to move along your chosen careers path.

Careers Education Information and guidance lessons are delivered by form tutors and take place during tutoring sessions on a bi-weekly basis.

The different activities that the you will cover on Careers education during tutor time include:

  • Understanding others / empathy
  • Building Relationships for success /understanding different personalities
  • Making Good Impressions / managing Responses
  • Communicating with confidence
  • Setting goals for success
  • Making the right decision / managing responses
  • Managing time effectively
  • Building resilience and managing stress
  • Reality check / life as an adult / my future life
  • Finance for your future / Salaries
  • Options after St Matthew’s

Click here for our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Curriculum Plan document.

All pupils have access to an individual interview with an Independent Careers Advisor during Key Stage 4. The programme of interviews starts during year 10 and continues into Year 11, with the aim that all year 11 pupils will have met with the careers advisor before the applications for post 16 education have to been submitted. 

Pupils from Year 7 will also complete the PiXl Edge programme. Click here to see the themes.

Individual guidance interviews take place with an independent careers advisor who is based in school for 3 days a week.  The formal programme of interviews begins in year 10 and continues into year 11, but parents and pupils of year 8 and 9 can request an interview if they wish. The advisor is also available for consultation at the Parents’ Evenings in Year 9, 10 and 11.

We measure and monitor the effectiveness of our Careers Programme by tracking our destinations information year on year. We also carry out pupil voice exercises and continually evaluate and review our careers "offer" to pupils.

Additional Information and Support

St Matthew's Careers Education

My name is Mrs Rush and I’m the school Careers Adviser. I work in St Matthew’s 2 days a week offering impartial information, advice and guidance to students from year 7 to 11. I am employed by Career Connect, and have 14 years’ experience working in a careers advice setting - the last four working at St Matthew’s helping students explore and plan their post 16 pathways to apprenticeships, college, university and beyond.

Having experience of working in many schools across Manchester and Tameside, I have found St Matthew’s to have a fantastically friendly and supportive environment , and great students. It is a joy to be involved at the start of their career journey and encourage their success.

Students are seen for careers interviews for which they can refer themselves through their form tutors. Additional careers interviews are made available to year 9 students during options week and all students have an offer of a careers interview during year 11. I attend year 11 and 10 parents evening, plus year 9 options evening if any parents want to have a chat. I am more than happy to offer advice and guidance to parents during school time and can be emailed at: . Alternatively you can ring the school on 0161 681 6178 when I am in on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Latest Destinations Figures

Careers information 

National Careers Services




NHS Careers


Loreto College

Xaverian College

Connell Sixth Form College

The Manchester College


Oldham Sixth Form College

Holy Cross

Bury College

Oldham College

Salford College

UTC Media City UK


University Information


The Russell Group

University League Group 


Not going to uni


*we continue to review the information presented on this page to ensure it is fully up to date. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

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