Walton-le-Dale has a specialist member of staff - Mrs Mathers - who organsies all aspects of careers. She also works closely with employers, colleges and Universities to ensure that students at Walton le Dale are well prepared for life beyond secondary school.

This work starts in Key Stage 3 where students develop skills to enable them to make appropriate and considered decisions about their futures. Throughout their school career students also participate in Enrichment Days which focus on developing such skills and introducing them to life beyond Walton-le-Dale.  Specific lessons are delivered in Year 9 in preparation for options choices.

During Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) students have receive visits from colleges and different types of employer, and receive advice on applying for college and jobs. Students also benefit from the many contacts Mrs Mathers has developed with employers and college staff.  

Students with special needs and other vulnerable students are particularly supported at critical times. For example school staff will provide specific advice to parents and accompany such students to interviews.


Unlike some schools, Walton-le-Dale ensures that all Year 10 students participate in work experience. This takes place at the end of the summer term. We believe this provides invaluable experience for our students, not necessarily in a specifc career; more importantly it develops generic work skills, attitudes and personal qualities needed in the world of work.

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