Quick Links

Quick Links

GSO Test


Careers at St James's

Through our CEIAG programme, directly supporting our ethos of ‘Caring for others, Achieving Excellence’ we aim to support the individual aspirations, achievements and needs of all our pupils by challenging stereotypes and celebrating a diverse range of education and employment paths.

Here are some examples of the type of activities you can expect to take part in throughout your time at St James’s: 

CEIAG programme

You can also track the main events on your career journey here:

St James Career Journey

 Not sure about your future plan? Have a look at this quick guide:

Career Route Planner

Y10 Virtual Work Experience

Please click below to take advantage of some great virtual work experience opportunities over the summer.  There is also a checklist of things you can be doing in readiness for making decisions in the Autumn Term of year 11.

Y10 Virtual CEIAG Events

Y11 Transition Activities

In response to the Department for Education guidance for schools on the effective use of study leave, please find the following documents:

Year 11 Careers Opportunities programme

This is the timetable of virtual and face to face opportunities which they can book with their form tutor.  The virtual WEX are bookable following links in the next document.

Year 11 Transition Activities

A comprehensive collection of virtual work experience placements, online courses and transition work from local colleges which will help pupils prepare for courses in September.

Vocational courses transition activities

GCSE to A Level transition links

Further links to activities to support transition to KS5

Latest Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please keep checking vacancies on the following links from local apprenticeship providers which are updated regularly.  Also note that you are only eligible to apply for posts which start after the official leaving date of 25th June.

Good luck 

Bolton College


Alliance Learning


Video of the Week

Week beginning 12th July

 STEM Career of the Week

Starting in September, we will be including a career focus at least once a month on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  I have a little taster for you this week.

IT Technician

  • You could do a Level 2 or 3 IT Technician course at many local colleges for example Bolton, Bury, Wigan & Leigh, Salford, Runshaw.
  • If you wanted to keep your options open a little, an A Level in Computer Science alongside other subjects you enjoy might be good option.  Look at Sixth Form Bolton, Runshaw, Winstanley, Pendleton Sixth Form, Canon Slade and Holy Cross.
  • There is also the new Digital T Level, which offers industry placements.  These are currently offered by Salford, Bolton, Bury and Runshaw.
  • You could also look into securing an apprenticeship but should always have a backup course just in case you aren’t successful as they are very competitive.

Latest Opportunities & News

Latest Opportunities, News and Apprenticeships

Career Mag February 2021

Year 11 Moving on


Summer 2021

Spring 2021

Autumn 2020

Spring 2020

Post 16 choices

What are your options after St James's? 

Employability Skills

Employability Skills (including CV writing, Personal Statements, Interview Techniques and Tips, Useful documents and websites, videos and Virtual Talks

volunteering and Enrichment

Why is volunteering important?

Latest LMI

Labour Market Information

Industry Specific Resources

Browse Industry Specific websites to help you in your career decision-making.

Employer Information

Information for Employers

Information for Teachers

Information for St James's teaching staff 

 Year 11 Support

Year 11 is a very busy year and it can sometimes seem difficult to think about life after St James’s. Many of you will have a clear idea of what path you would like to take and feel well equipped to apply for colleges. If you need any extra help with this process, which can seem very daunting, there are many people who are there to support you.

People who are there to support

Careers Lead and Contacts

The Careers Lead at St James’s CE High School is Mrs L Quarmby, Assistant Head Teacher. 

Any provider wishing to request access or discuss possible ways they can support our students with their careers education are welcome to contact the school directly. This can include supporting our events in school such as Mock interviews and Careers Fairs or in the work place such as Work Experience and Work place visits while informing students of local opportunities. Please read our Provider Access Policy statement for more information, which can be found on the Employer Information page, along with an Expression of interest form.

To discuss further please contact either: 

Mrs L Quarmby, Email: quarmbyl@st-james.bolton.sch.uk


Mrs D Bleasdale, our Careers Coordinator,  Email: bleasdaled@st-james.bolton.sch.uk