Our commitment to careers work
Mary Webb school is committed to giving every pupil the best possible start in life. As part of a whole school commitment to raising aspirations and supporting all pupils to make positive career choices and transitions, Mary Webb school has a high-quality programme of careers events and activities.
Pupils get chance to take part in a wide range of careers and enterprise activities during their school journey including a range of PSHCE activities, visits to the world skills and apprenticeship shows, use of the interactive Xello programme, attendance at our school careers fair, 1 to 1 careers guidance, visits to universities and much more.
How we do this
We are constantly reviewing and improving what we offer. Please view:
How we work with employers, colleges and training providers
Our school welcomes the opportunity to work with local employers through work experience, the school careers fair, and other school events. If you are an employer, and would like to support the school in any way please email Mark Jervis on the contact details below.
We regularly invite local colleges and training providers into school. For more detail please view our provider access policy:
How we work in partnership with parents and carers
Parents are key to young peoples’ decision-making. We encourage parents and carers to use the information provided on these webpages with their children. We maintain regular communication with parents about careers events and opportunities via parentmail, through discussions at parent evenings and at the annual careers fair. Parents are welcome to contact our independent careers adviser directly, and can request an individual appt if needed.
The careers team at Mary Webb works in partnership with staff across the whole school community. Teaching staff take all opportunities to embed career learning into their curriculum teaching. Resources for staff can be accessed below.
Sharon Ruff is the school’s dedicated Independent Careers Adviser. Sharon is qualified to level 6 in Careers Guidance, is a member of the Career Development Institute, and part of the local careers network ‘The Careers Alliance’.
Sharon works with students through a combination of 1-2-1 meetings, small group sessions, and larger group-works as part of the wider school PSHCE programme. Sharon attends selected parents’ evenings, and other school events.
Sharon is available in school on Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and is based in the meeting room. All students are welcome to use the careers drop-in sessions at lunchtime. Sharon has local prospectuses, careers leaflets, and lots of ideas about which careers websites students could use. Parents and carers are also very welcome to contact Sharon through school reception or via the main school email address.
Mark Jervis is the designated Careers Leader at Mary Webb school. Mark co-ordinates Careers provision across all school years, and as Assistant Headteacher works collaboratively with the senior leadership team and the board of governors to ensure that a commitment to high quality career provision is an ongoing priority.
Mark can be contacted at: email@example.com
Sharon and Mark work together to ensure that the careers education, information, advice, and guidance offer is regularly reviewed, and supports every student to aim high, think big, and work hard to achieve their career goals. We want every student to move on to great things!
Catherine Armstrong is the Enterprise Adviser for Mary Webb school: I am delighted to be working worth Mary Webb School as their Enterprise Advisor assisting with the Careers Strategy and implementation. I work at Shrewsbury Colleges Group as Vice Principal for Curriculum Support and Business Development, I have been at the college for 25 years and working in education for 29 years. My experiences are in teaching, leadership and management, customer service, managing teams and recruitment along with marketing and support services for students that includes IAG and destinations.
I understand all aspects of education and training and apprenticeships delivering talks and providing advice to people of all ages.
I attend a number of Business Network groups across the county linking with employers of all sizes and sectors and can use these networks to link employers to the school for events and activities to assist pupils with exploring careers.
Careers Information for pupils
There are loads of ways you can get ahead by finding out more about different careers. In school look out for:
Resources in the school library
The interactive screen in the school library
Posters in your classrooms
Posters in the careers meeting room.
General Careers Websites
Real stories to inspire your career. From accountants to zoo-keepers, get a first-hand view of jobs and ideas for your future.
We provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Start is a digital careers platform with the information, advice and tools to help young people and their parents explore and plan for their future.
A good resource for getting you thinking about ideas, with case studies and videos to inspire you.
Not sure what you want to do in the future?
Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.