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At Fulford School we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education plus information, advice and guidance through these website pages, our Careers Library and specialised staff.  We have traditionally been very successful at ensuring our students are on an appropriate pathway post 16 and 18 and measurable outcomes such as a lower than average level of students who are not in education, employment or training, with 0% ‘NEETs’ in 2018, are something we are justifiably proud of.

Image of bar chart showing the percentage of students in the 2018 cohort with an intended destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.8%) with a September Guarantee Offer Made (School 100% and York average 98.7%) and an actual destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.2%)

Click to view the full Destinations Report

In 2018 we successfully supported all of our Year 11 cohort in finding and gaining an offer for post-16 and 100% of our students went on to an actual post-16 destination that met the ‘duty to participate’.

We are currently reviewing our careers programme and provision to ensure that we fully meet all of the requirements which need to be in place by the end of 2020 to fully meet the needs of all our students.

As part of an increased investment in Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Fulford we have recently appointed a careers advisor. This multi faceted role will include conducting individual careers interviews and further enhancing our employer engagement across the whole school.

Contact Details:

Miss S. Birkby (Careers Lead)

Ms L. Booth (Sixth Form Careers)

Key Dates Year 11

Friday 15th October                                                                  

Year 11 Assembly with TM – Fulford Sixth Form, Course Choice Advice and Taster Days


Monday 18th – Friday 25th October                                           

Complete taster day booking forms and return to Angela Weston


Monday 11th November                                                           

Sixth Form Open Evening


Wednesday 20th November                                                     

Year 11 Parent’s Evening


Monday 25th November – Friday 6th December                         

Mock Examinations


Friday 13th December                                                              

Sixth Form Taster Day – Internal Students Only
Year 11 Assembly with TJo and TM to explain the options process and dry run
Dry run options issued to students


Monday 6th January                                                                 

Dry run options forms returned to form tutors


Wednesday 8th January                                                            

Sixth Form Option blocks created and available


Tuesday 14th January                                                               

Sixth Form Options forms (including blocks) issued to internal students (and external students visiting on Taster Day 1)


Thursday 16th January                                                              

Sixth Form Options forms (including blocks) issued to external students visiting on Taster Day 2


Friday 17th January                                                                   

Year 11 reports home


Monday 20th – Friday 31st January                                            

Destinations interviews for Fulford Year 11 students with senior staff and Heads of House


Friday 7th February                                                                   

Sixth Form options forms retuned by all students (internal and external)


Useful Websites

General careers information and guidance

Online Careers Advice

You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat.




Inspirational video clips of people who have experience of working in a variety of jobs

Short films and current news articles covering a wide range of careers. An interactive careers inspiration website containing over 700 different career profiles

Local careers information and guidance

Yorzone has information for young people on a whole range of issues including local help and support. The Futures4me portal is for students and parents from year 8 to 13 including general advice and information on local options. It includes a course finder which is a search facility listening all providers and courses in the local vicinity, local work and training, labour market information and advice and signposting for young people with additional needs.

Shape Your Future York
Local labour market information and job prospects can be found via the link above


Information on apprenticeships and the website to register for apprenticeships.

York apprenticeships


Employment issues

Employment rights information –

Fulford School Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  •  To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact

Sarah Birkby, Careers Leader, Telephone: 01904 633300 Email:

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 8 Assembly opportunities KS4 options event Assembly opportunities Assembly opportunities
Year 9 Assembly opportunities Assembly opportunities Assembly opportunities
Year 10 Assembly opportunities Work experience preparation sessions

Work experience

Assembly opportunities

Assembly opportunities

Careers Fair

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 10 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Year 11 Assembly opportunities

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 11 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Assembly opportunities

Lunchtime display stand/informal discussions with Year 11 students in their exclusive social base (Youth Centre)

Year 12 Introduction to Career Ready

Assembly – employability and apprenticeships

Launch work experience

Employability workshops with Hiscox

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Assembly opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Day – includes employer and university presentations

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options

Year 13 Assembly presentations from a variety of employers

Finance workshop with Barclays

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Skills Yorkshire Event and ongoing student support

Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring

Assembly opportunities



Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Year 8 Careers Unit 5 weeks

This unit starts off by pupils exploring likes and dislikes regarding careers via a computer programme that then suggests careers based upon their choices. It is intended to foster a spirit of enquiry as pupils begin to actively research different occupations. In another lesson pupils are given imaginary jobs and their compare different jobs in order to raise awareness of the variety of different routes into employment as well as introducing the pupils to a variety of career related terms.

Lessons then move onto looking  at decision making and choosing KS4 options. Pupils also examine equal opportunities in subject choice and career choices as well as good and bad reasons for choosing an option subject. They have a taster lesson in the only subject that has no KS3 access – Business studies. Finally, pupils are encouraged to consider how quickly the world of work is changing.

To further support option choices there is an options evening on Monday21st January 2019  and of course parents evenings prior to option decisions being made.

Year 11 Careers unit 23 weeks (12 lessons)

In the unit pupils will look at the different pathways post 16 including Fulford Sixth Form, Other Schools Sixth Forms, Vocational routes, Employment and apprenticeships. All students will have talks from York College. As well as taught sessions, pupils will be able to follow their interests and undertake more detailed investigations into different pathways. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to investigate specific jobs and careers as well as have particular careers suggested via software packages. There are valuable opportunities for pupils to discover more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who they could possibly become. Finally, Year 11 also encompasses practical career skills and tools such as CV writing and interviews.

Sixth Form Careers Information

For information about Careers in the 6th Form, please click here

How does the school measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils?

Image of bar chart showing the percentage of students in the 2018 cohort with an intended destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.8%) with a September Guarantee Offer Made (School 100% and York average 98.7%) and an actual destination Meeting the Duty to Participate (school 100% and York average 97.2%)

Click to view the full Destinations Report

The primary measurement of the effectiveness of the careers programme on pupils at key stage 4 is through destination data.  We are very proud of the fact that we have an extremely low level of “NEETs” with 100 % of students meeting the duty to participate in 2018.

The impact of the careers programme is also measured via a large scale electronic student survey encompassing a wide range of aspects of the programme.

The careers information on our website is reviewed at least annually in the Autumn term, may also be updated with any changes occurring during the year, and was last amended in February 2019.