Walton-le-Dale has a specialist team of staff - Mrs Wall, Mrs Mathers and Mrs Scargill - who organise all aspects of careers and work experience. They work closely with employers, colleges and Universities to ensure that students at Walton le Dale are well prepared for life beyond secondary school.  Our Careers Leader is Mrs Wall, who can be contacted by email at or by phone on the school number 01772 335726.  Our school Careers Adviser is a fully qualified Career Guidance professional with the Level 6 Career Guidance Qualification. The adviser is a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and adheres to the Institute's code of ethics.

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 that we have 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.

Walton-le-Dale measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils through a detailed analysis of leaver destinations each year.

In line with the statutory guidance published on the 5th January 2018 we have published a "Policy Statement on Provider Access" and a "Careers Policy" - see our "Policies" page

In addition, students and parents can visit the ‘National Careers Service’ website or use their helpline to access independent IAG.  Visit  or call 0800 100 900 for further information and independent advice on careers and training opportunities and links to other useful websites and career tools.

Careers Guidance

There is extra information available on various websites for both students and parents.  These can be accessed by clicking the links below.


Target Careers

Take the Buzz Test

This website is an excellent resource that will allow you to watch video clips of people who have experience of working in a wide range of job sectors from property management, science, marketing, PR and many more.

The Russell Group Guide to making decisions about post-16 education

Please note that choices of A levels will vary between departments at universities, so please use this as an overall guide. The best way is to contact the Admission Tutor for the subject you are interested in applying.

What University? What Course?

Degree Course Finder -


Push -

Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and all things student related.

What uni - university search site -

Easy searching for university courses, university course reviews and college course reviews in the UK.

bestCourse4me -

Shows the link between what people study and their employment record afterwards.

Open University-


National Apprenticeship Service official website

Work based learning/apprenticeship information in Lancashire (digital skills/social media apprenticeships) NHS Careers Profiles on jobs and occupations
This is similar to the website and it provides short films on various careers from Medical, Science, Creative & Media to name but a few.



This is for those students who are not sure about going to University and want to know what other options there are.




Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. 
Start includes: 

  • A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information. 
  • Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time. 
  • Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work. 
  • Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs. 
  • Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Voluntary opportunities for 14 - 25 year olds
Local volunteering opportunities
National Citizenship Service programme - take on new challenges, learn new skills and help out your community.


STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Information

Support and advice available for students with disabilities


A parent/carer fact sheet on apprenticeships is available at



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.  For more information click on this link.


This information was last updated on 27th October 2018 and will be reviewed by 31st August 2019 

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