Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance at Stantonbury

This page has been designed for students, parents, staff and our partners in Education and Industry. It should be your first point of call for all Stantonbury International School careers related information.

Apprenticeships, university or full-time employment (from the age of 18 years); whatever route students want to take in the future we are here to help them choose the right pathway.


Statutory Duty

All secondary Schools have a statutory duty to provide a programme of Careers Education to all students in Years 7 to 13. At Stantonbury International School we are committed to providing a careers education and guidance entitlement for all students, recognising their need for high quality careers education and impartial guidance to help them make informed choices regarding their career plans. Careers education is integrated within the school curriculum, through the PSHE programme and Learning for Life days.

The School is also required to provide Milton Keynes Local Authority with destination data of students leaving Year 11, 12 and 13.  This information contains students’ names, addresses and where each student is studying or training.

Careers Contacts

Karen Malone is the School’s Careers Lead.  You can contact the careers team by contacting Karen Malone:


Telephone: 01908 324418

The careers office is in the School’s Library.

Gareth Massey is the Senior Leader Team member, with responsibility for careers.

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Careers Charter

Each student is advised according to their academic ability, personal preferences and interests.  We know that there are multiple and varied academic and vocational pathways into job roles and will inform, advise and guide students appropriately.

As a student at Stantonbury International School, we want you to have the best careers advice and careers-based opportunities to inspire you to aim high and be successful in your chosen career.

We will help you learn about jobs, employers, further education, higher education, applications, employability skills and entry requirements.

You will learn about careers through careers appointments, work experience, tutor time, assemblies, trips, events and careers-based enrichment activities.


Careers in the Curriculum

Your English, mathematics and science teachers will organise employer-led projects which will help you to understand how these subjects are relevant to the workplace.


Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

All students can request an individual careers interview, which will help them explore their next steps and the skills they need.  All students are required to have a least one careers appointment in Key Stage 4 and are advised to book an optional careers appointment in Key Stage 5.  Students have access to the careers drop-in service, this runs during break and lunchtimes (Monday through to Thursday).  Careers advice is given by a qualified careers advisor.


Work experience

All student in Year 10 and in sixth-form are expected to participate in at least one week of work experience.  Students are encouraged to source their own work experience placements and in sixth-form it is a requirement. However, for Year 10 students there are options to use the employer database provided by our chosen third-party provider.  Work placements in school-time take place during school specified weeks in the Summer Term.  Some sixth-form students will be required to do work placements as part of their vocational courses, these are separate and additional to the Summer Term work placements.


Careers Programme (all years)

We have a careers programme, this will be annually reviewed by the Careers Lead, the Senior Leader with responsibility for careers and the Head of the School.  The School’s Careers Policy will be reviewed bi-annually by the Careers Lead, Senior Leader with responsibility for careers, the Head of the School and, the Governor with responsibility for careers, who will sign off the policy.

We will also provide you with a range of careers resources.


Raising the Participation Age

All young people are required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This doesn’t have to mean staying in school. You can choose to study or train in any of the following ways:

  • Sixth-form (academic and or vocational studies)
  • College (mainly vocational studies, although many colleges offer academic courses)
  • Training provider (mainly vocational)
  • Employer based (vocational apprenticeships or traineeships)
  • Employer based (with mainly part-time vocational education)
  • Employer based (volunteering, with mainly part-time vocational education).

Sixth Form

Stantonbury International School has an outstanding record of progression into further and higher education for students. Most students choose to stay on after Year 11 end of course results, to follow academic and, or vocational courses. It is possible to join our Sixth Form Centre, our post-16 Hall, and follow courses for one, two or three-years before progressing to college, university or employment. We can offer certification to BTEC, GCSE (English and mathematics resits) and AS/A2 levels.

Apprenticeship information

Parent Guide to Apprenticeships Nov17

SCHOOLS Double sided apprenticeship hints and tips 2018.09.17

New vacancy list 

More information is available here