Careers Leads - 

Rhiannon Chantler, Assistant Headteacher -

Natalise Smith-O’Connell - Subject Leader for Life Learning -

Emma Lees, Independent Careers Advisor -


Careers contact for employers

We are always keen to extend our careers programme. If you are a business or employer and feel you can help provide excellent careers information or opportunities for our students, then please contact the school's careers leaders: Mrs Rhiannon Chantler or Mrs Natalie Smith-O’Connell.

The aims of Careers Education at Werneth are to:

  • Develop a careers guidance system that is right for our students, personalising our provision to their needs as individuals.
  • Raise students’ achievement to allow them to develop aspirational but realistic paths into the workplace.
  • Support inclusion and promote equality of opportunity and encourage students to contribute positively to their communities.
  • Encourage participation in lifelong learning, including further and higher education as well as learning through apprenticeships and work.
  • Allow students to develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities through labour market education and independent research.
  • Empower students with access to information and guidance to allow them to independently research their paths into work, college, sixth form, further education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships.
  • Allow students, the opportunity to enhance their skills for work and core competencies in line with our Academies values through the curriculum and independent learning.
  • Allow the students an opportunity to be self-aware of their individual skills and qualities as well as their development needs when researching and making future choices.
  • For our learners to be enthusiastic about their future opportunities and embrace their future.
  • Embrace the Gatsby benchmark model to support our strategic goals in achieving an outstanding school wide careers provision for our learners.

















24th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

As your child begins Year 11 they will be faced with making choices about their future pathways. With so many options and progression routes available it can be difficult to know which is right for your child. Making the correct choice will have a huge impact on future progression and employment opportunities, in addition to enjoyment and engagement with your child’s chosen pathway.

We want all students who leave Werneth School to be clear about their future, what they will do and how they will progress. As parents/carers you are the single most important influence on the learning and career choices of your child, and we would like to ensure that you are fully aware of the choices available in order to best support your child. There has never been a more challenging time to leave school with 40% of all jobs in 2020 requiring a graduate qualification, students of today will have had 10-14 jobs by the age of 38 and the fact that we are currently preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist!

Due to the current situation, we are now holding a virtual information evening on the website. All of our local colleges and apprenticeship providers have sent us links to their websites and many have sent flyers. Please take the time to look through all of the available information that can help you make informed choices about your child’s future pathway..


Yours Sincerely

Mrs R Chantler

Assistant Headteacher


Post-16 Virtual Information Evening 20/21



Provider and website address

Email address

Powerpoint / presentation link (insert links here)

Tameside College

Clarendon 6th Form

The Manchester College

Pre recorded application session




GM Higher




Marple College

  • Our assembly presentation video for Year 11’s is finally ready! Please click here
  • Our fist set of Virtual Open Events were really busy and successful. The October Virtual Open Events will soon be here, please let your students know they can register for a place by following these links:


Our online applications for September 2021 start are open on Thursday 1st October at


Aquinas College

Aquinas closes 29th November so those that want to apply there need to start to do so.

Aquinas College application deadline date. 
30 November 2020
Application is online via the website. The application form will be available from, Saturday 26 September 2020 until our closing date of midnight Monday 30 November 2020. A reference from school may be sought for applicants.

Stockport College


Growth Company


Loreto College


Reaseheath College

Post 16+

What is an Apprenticeship video Link

GM Higher Links


Parent/Carer talks (Y10/11)

30-minute online session

Development level activity

The presentation will provide greater emphasis around the importance of post-16 decision making and the role of parents and carers in supporting learners to achieve their goals. Parents will have the opportunity to chat informally with a member of the team following the talk.

Why HE? – presentation (year 10-11)

30-minute online session.

Provides a more detailed look at higher education pathways, including degree apprenticeships, and how these can be informed by decisions at age 16.

HE Uncovered- presentation (year 8-9)


30-minute online session

Introductory level activity.

Introduces the learner to higher education and links to the importance of GCSE subject choices and attainment as a gateway to success.

Study Skills – workshop (year 10-11)

30-minute online session.

Development level activity.

This session will help learners to develop effective study strategies including managing their time and distractions, note-taking and self-reflection, supporting them to feel more confident in the classroom.

If you would like to book any of these please go on to the link provided and express your interest through the booking form in these links.

Apprenticeship helpful links

Please click to view links

Options Booklet