Welcome to the Careers page 

We're proud to have launched our Careers portal that contains a wealth of information for students and parents. 

View our latest careers news, information about pathways, subject routes, apprenticeships and life skills and much more by clicking here.

The Careers Team

Senior Leadership Lead

Mr Matt Sinclair

Director of Careers & Work Based Learning

  • Careers education
  • Employer engagement
  • Work Experience co-ordinator

Mr Simon Birkenshaw

Email: sjb@selbyhigh.co.uk

01757 703327, Ext. 847

Work Experience Administrator Miss Jenny Morley
Director, Values Curriculum Mr Michael Hainsworth

 Careers Education at Selby High School

"The school supports pupils to develop their knowledge of the opportunities available to them when they progress to further education and employment. Pupils can identify a range of careers that are open to them. They speak positively about their work experience in Year 10 and have clear ideas of where they would like to continue their studies." Ofsted Report, Nov. 2023

At Selby High School we provide students with a wide range of careers education opportunities from Year 7 right through to Year 11. Our Life Development curriculum has specific career based units of work, with identified learning objectives, outcomes and related activities. Alongside this students have a number of opportunities to experience work related activities both within the school environment and through external visits.

We employ an independent careers advisor who is based in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and provides students with 1:1 careers support, advice, and guidance through an appointment system and drop in sessions.

Further information and detail can be found in the schools Careers Programme Information which can be accessed here.

External Providers

Please find further information in our Provider Access Policy on how to come into school to talk to our students about your service.

 New Careers Statutory Guidance

The DfE released a new statutory guidance document in January 2018, including a number of new requirements for school careers programmes, most of which are to be met by the end of 2020. Most of the requirements are already met at Selby High School, but we are working towards those that are not.

The most immediate requirement is for all schools to have a policy for 'Provider Access'  that sets out the arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.  At Selby High School we have always encouraged this and, as a result, we work with a wide range of organisations already but we are always looking for opportunities to further broaden access to information, advice and guidance. We therefore welcome continued input from both existing and potential new partners alike. Please see our Provider Access Policy for further information. 

Our current careers policy can be found under the 'Our School' tab of our website, and our current careers entitlement for our students appears below.

Your Careers Entitlement

As a Selby High School student, this is what you can expect your careers programme to look like, based around the government's Gatsby Benchmarks:


The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance Careers at Selby High School will provide, as a minimum, the following opportunities to meet this benchmark:
1. A stable careers programme

Our whole-school careers programme which:

  • is written down.
  • is approved by the board of governors.
  • has the explicit backing of senior leadership.
  • has resources allocated to it sufficient to meet the needs of a high quality careers advice and guidance programme for all of our students.
  • has systematic monitoring in place to ensure that the careers programme is meeting the needs of our students.
  • is published on our school's website with information aimed specifically at:

- Students

- Teachers

- Employers

- Parents/Carers

2. Learning from career and labour market information
  • All year groups- comprehensive careers website, access to software e.g., Unifrog, well stocked careers area of the library.
  • Year 11 - every student is offered a 1:1 Careers interview with an independent CIAG advisor.
  • Year 11 assembly programme presentations from external providers.
  • Year 9-11 Yearly Careers Fair.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Provides additional careers guidance to vulnerable students, disadvantaged, and special educational needs and disability (SEND) students.
  • Destination Data monitored by the Careers Lead.
  • Year 7: Life Development; Choices, making informed decisions.
  • Year 8: Life Development; introduce students to the Unifrog careers programme and opportunity to explore the changing job market.
  • Year 9: Life Development; use of Unifrog and research.
  • Year 10: Life Development; creating a CV, making choices and personal finance.
  • Year 11: Careers; a series of presentations conducted by a variety of local colleges and providers explaining the number of courses and pathways that are available post 16, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Y11 students have the opportunity to fill in application forms with help where needed to apply for college courses. Career focus weeks.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Links to careers within subject lessons.
  • Outside speakers and visitors from the wider world of work.
  • Options assembly, parents and carers evening and documentation.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
  • Year 11 assembly programme presentations from a range of external providers.
  • Year 9-11 Yearly Careers Fair.
  • Year 7- 9 Enterprise Day
  • University Trips - variable, arranged for identified groups.
  • Year 10 Mock Interviews.
  • Aspiration Programme KS4 Step Up with STEM.
  • Royal marines, catering team.
  • Year 11/10 - Amazon, virtual session.
  • Speed Networking with Industry: Year 10 students.
  • Selby College Taster Day: Year 10 students.
  • Work Experience: one-week work experience programme, Year 10 students.
  • Pontefract New College taster day, Year 10 students.
  • Bespoke presentations both virtual and in-person, such as the armed forces, NHS.
  • Alumni presentations both virtual and in-person, at both Key stages.
6. Experiences of workplaces
  • Year 10 Block Work Experience.
  • Year 10 Speed Networking with Industry.
  • Year 10 Mock Interviews.
  • Workshops conducted with local industry, such as Drax.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
  • Year 11 assembly programme presentations from external providers.
  • Year 9-11 Yearly Careers Fair.
  • Y10 Selby College taster day.
  • Y10 Pontefract New College Taster Day.
  • Students supported to attend York College open day.
  • University visits (variable) arranged for student groups depending on availability/opportunity.
  • Young Carers supported to apply to Hull University residential experiences.
8. Personal guidance
  • Year 10 Mock interviews with business partners.
  • Year 11 Life skills - session 6.
  • Online Careers matching programmes e.g., Unifrog.
  • Year 9 Options Evening with independent careers advisor available.
  • Year 8 to 11 individual careers interviews with an independent advisor, as appropriate.
  • All years- lunchtime drop-in sessions with the independent careers’ advisor.
  • Work Experience support sessions. Page 6 2022-23 Careers Programme Information Selby High School
  • Next steps programme - More support for identified students to find the right pathway for them.