St Thomas More High School

Careers Guidance

Gatsby Benchmark 1 - A stable careers programme

All staff members have access to a Sharepoint Library of Careers resources that is updated regularly.

Careers Programme of Study Document

Gatsby Benchmark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information

Where Next? booklet for your students, parents, carers, and staff.

 Where next? Discover the best next step for you - Greater Essex Careers Hub

 The booklet includes information about eight different industries that are popular and growing in Essex, as well as progression options for post 16 and 18


Other links


What is Unifrog?

Unifrog is the complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3, KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability. It is the only place where students can compare every university course, apprenticeship and FE course in the UK as well as university in 30 other countries across the world. This is alongside getting access to labour market information and advice on careers and subjects for all routes".  -

Parent Logins

Parents navigate to, fill in their details and enter the code which can be obtained by emailing the school office. Parents will then be able to use Unifrog as if they are a student, there is loads of careers resources and support materials on there. The Parent Pack can be found in the Resources Library (here).

Gatsby Benchmark 3 - Addressing the needs of each student

See pupil outcomes here:


Gatsby Benchmark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

 See our curriculum information here 

My Learning, My Future inspiration and guidance

Art & Design
Computer Science
Design Technology

Gatsby Benchmark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

Students regularly have assemblies led by local employers, some including former students in a wide range of careers. Students have also the opportunity to visit workplaces in the local area facilitated by school trips, our annual 'take your son to work day' and work experience for Y10 & Y12 pupils. Department led school trips enable students to view careers in action within their chosen subject field in KS3 & KS4. An annual careers fayre is offered to all students and this was very well attended last year.

Gatsby Benchmark 6 - Experiences of workplaces

At St Thomas More High School, we believe in the value of Work Experience in both motivating students and giving a genuine understanding into the world of work. Students can gain important insights into their career interests and values, which will help them with their future decision-making. The skills and attributes gained can be referenced within CV’s, enhance employability and UCAS applications.

 Work Experience PowerPoint 

 Students can use this email template to send to employers.

Take your son to work day (TYSTWD) 

Year 7 and 8 students will be offered the chance to go to a work placement with a parent or a trusted adult for the day to gain a real experience of a working day.

More information will be made available to parents in due course.

Take Your Son To Work Day Form

Gatsby Benchmark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

Y13 Destinations 2022

University Open Days

Gatsby Benchmark 8 - Personal guidance

Sixth form and Y11 students will have connexions appointments ; a leading provider of Careers, information advice and guidance for young people in Essex.During the students appointments in Year 11 they will look at options After Year 11 and the careers timetable

Online Interview Resources - Greater Essex Careers Hub

Greater Essex Careers Hub has prepared a set of practice online interview resources which are suitable for learners preparing for the online interview process.  Each one focuses on a different, real job and questions are asked by real Essex employers. They follow each question with tips and advice on how to answer well.  There are a number of interactive videos on the website for a number of different employers in the Local Area who can give you advice on how to interview well in the different industries.

This is another great resource which can give you some ideas of the different opportunities and career paths that are available when you move onto the next stage in your career.

Our Careers Advisor

Elaine Munson-DeKoning

EMAIL:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elaine is a Level 6 independent careers advisor from Connexions (who are matrix accredited) and is she is able to give free, impartial advice to any students who wish to book appointments with her.
If you would like to contact her directly please use the email address above – alternatively if you would like to book an appointment then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lindsay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Careers Statement

Post 16 & 18 Links

Employers we work with

‘It was a pleasure to speak to your students for an assembly, they all seemed engaged and we had good 121 questions after.’

- Amy at Higgins Partnership



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