Careers at King James’s School 2019-2020


Careers is very important at King James’s School and has been for a long time.

The Careers Team work hard together to ensure that all students are prepared for life post 16 when they move on from us. This is done through the curriculum, enrichment opportunities and our close links with C&K Careers, Post 16 establishments and local employers and businesses that allow students to develop an understanding of different career paths.

Our aim is to inspire pupils to chase and achieve their dreams and ensure that individuals’ personal aspirations are the most important factor in any activity. We do this by helping them to access information on the full range of post-16 education and training opportunities that is up to date, impartial and free from bias and stereotyping.

The Careers Team work hard to ensure that all of our students receive high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, and this is especially true for our vulnerable, disadvantaged and pupil premium students. 


Quality Standard, Awarded for Careers 

King James’s School has been successfully assessed against the C&K Careers Standard, which is nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard. This award is proof that the careers, education, information and advice (CEIAG) offered to students at King James’s School meets the standard set by the Government in its revised statutory guidance requirements, which recommends all schools work towards a quality award. To achieve the award, the school has:

  • had its CEIAG provision audited against the Quality In Careers Standard
  • agreed to further develop the CEIAG on offer
  • demonstrated that CEIAG is an important part of the education and support students receive 


Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

For the last five years, King James's School has worked closely with the Leeds City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) to dovetailed and strengthen our Careers Education, Apprenticeships and Post 16 Pathways provision within our school.

Through this network, we have created close and tangible links with many local business and Post 16 education providers, specifically within the Creative Industries and Manufacturing Sector.  However, this is not an inclusive list, we use have used LMI (Labour market information) to specifically develop and change our Curriculum offer at KJS and provided our students with business links to support their learning i.e Health & Social care.  Our link to the LEP has been invaluable in the expansion of our curriculum.   

Over time, our involvement with the LEP has evolved. We are now the Leading school for Gatsby Benchmark 5 within the Careers Hub.  As a school, we have been instrumental in designing and delivering CPD activities; in-service training, workshops and whole school assemblies (particularly focusing on Careers and Apprenticeships). We consistently achieve high Compass score of all our Gatsby Benchmarks.   

King James's School continue to place Careers as a high priority within our Curriculum which can be measured by our positive rise in the number of Year 11 students actively seeking and securing apprenticeships and our shrinking NEET scores.


Date of next review: July 2021

King James’s School Careers Team 2020 - 2021:

  • Elizabeth Atkinson - Head of Integrated Studies
  • Vikki Bottomley - Pastoral Leader for Year 9
  • Sue Carter - Head of Computing
  • Debra Casson - Careers Adviser, C&K Careers
  • Helen Clayton - Extended Schools Co-ordinator, including Work Experience
  • Jo Fitzgerald - Success for All leader
  • Kirsty Flynn - Careers Leader and Leader of Alternative Curriculum
  • Janette Haworth - Pastoral Leader Year 11
  • Jan Jones - Governor linked with Careers
  • Alice Kleinman - Pastoral Leader Year 10
  • Sarah Moore - Careers Adviser, C&K Careers
  • Abbigail Terry - Careers Leader and Assistant Principal with responsibility for Careers  


Key contacts

Email Mrs Terry if you have any questions about careers at King James's School: 

Email Sarah Moore if you have questions about careers advice at the St Helen's Gate site:

Email Debra Casson if you have questions about careers advice at the Fernside site: