Careers Information and Guidance

Welcome to Careers at Parkside

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Parkside Community School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

At Parkside Community School, the senior leadership team are committed to delivering a robust programme of CEIAG – the link for this is Mr D. Mills, deputy headteacher. The school have a qualified careers lead, Mrs K. O’Sullivan, who is in post to manage careers provision across the school. Mrs L Wigston is our work experience co-ordinator.

Parkside Community School has publicly committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks” – the national quality award for its careers education, information, advice and guidance provision. Parkside Community School also uses the COMPASS tool to measure its provision in careers, information, advice and guidance against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Please take time to review the following documents:

Careers Policy

Provider Access Legislation Statement

Quality in Careers Standard Certificate


Career MarkCareer Mark Logo

Parkside Community School are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Career Mark by the National Quality in Careers Standard Awarding Body. The national award recognises excellence in careers, employability and enterprise in key stage 3 and 4.

 As part of the assessment process, the assessor spoke to a group of pupils from each year group about their experience of career education at school. Over the past few years, Parkside Community School has been fortunate to enjoy a wide range of visitors to the school, including representatives from Microsoft, Google, Boeing, HS2, the local Fire Service, local business owners and local employers. Visitors have spoken to pupils about their jobs, skills, career paths, gender stereotyping, how they deal with challenges and setbacks and how the subjects they learn in school will help them throughout their lives. Pupils have practised key skills and learned many new things from participating in activities provided by visitors. During this time, we have also continued to strengthen our well-established links with Chesterfield College and local sixth form providers, as well as higher education providers through the HEPPSY+ project.

The Career Mark award highlights the outstanding work that has been done both by the Careers Team and also all staff across the school in linking curriculum areas to careers.


Careers Fayre
Annual Careers Fayre for Y9, Y10 and Y11
Y10 students exploring Higher Education with HEPP



Our Careers Team


Staff O'Sullivan T Mrs K O'Sullivan
Careers Lead (Maternity)
Staff Gould M Mr M Gould
Careers Lead
Staff Hogan T Miss T Hogan
Careers Advisor
Staff Rooker S Mr S Rooker
Careers Advisor
Staff Wigston L Mrs L Wigston
Careers Administrator



Raising Aspirations

We are delighted to have secured the support of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership.

Every pupil will receive:

  • A one-to-one interview to identify an appropriate career path.
  • A Career Action Plan that will detail the specific qualifications and experiences needed to enter their desired profession.
  • Support with applying for Post-16 destinations for when pupils finish Year 11.
  • On-demand support when visiting Post-16 destinations including colleges, sixth form schools, apprenticeship and/or training

 For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (01246) 273458. 


Careers Quiz for Students (and possibly parents too!) 

Unsure what career you might like? Take this quiz to see what roles might suit your current skills and preferences!


LMI For All's Careerometer - Compare Job Salaries

LMI stands for ‘Labour Market Information’ and refers to local job opportunites.


Destination advice for parents and students

Considering where to go after Parkside? Below are links to a wide range of local sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers. Explore the options you can take at each one, find out what GCSE grades you need to be accepted, what you can expect to do and what you can expect to earn.

If you would like to provide feedback or suggestions to improve our careers provision, please please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post16 links

Chesterfield College

Sheffield College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College

North Notts College

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe Sixth Form

St Mary's Catholic High School Sixth Form

Brookfield Community School Sixth Form

Tupton Hall Sixth Form

Netherthorpe Sixth Form

Find an apprenticeship

University links

Sheffield Hallam Univeristy

University of Huddersfield

University of Derby

University of Derby - Student Finance Help Guide

Nottingham Trent University

The University of Sheffield

Leeds Beckett University

University Of Leeds


Useful Careers Websites

Labour Market Information For All


Apprentice Town Apprenticeship Finder

What is Apprentice Town?


WEX statement and information

Work Experience is an important part of the curriculum. It helps learners understand and develop the employability skills and positive ‘can-do’ attitude employers are looking for in a highly competitive economy. We also know that it has a more personal effect on learners. It helps them to understand their own strengths, and areas for development; it builds confidence in handling new situations and in working within a team of adults.

Work Experience is a placement on employers’ premises in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, or range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience. All Y10 pupils undertake a two week work experience placement at a local provider during July of Y10. As a school, we have developed strong partnerships with a  wide range of local businesses who accept our learners on placements every year. Pupils can also undertake their placement at a provider who they have personal links in, but this intention must be made clear to Mrs O’Sullivan and Mrs Wigston as soon as possible in order to allow the relevant paperwork to be completed.

If you are a pupil or parent who would like to discuss work experience further, please contact Mrs O’Sullivan – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a local business who would like to offer a work experience placement, please contact Mrs Wigston – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Provider Access Legislation – Advice to Employers and Education Institutes

As part of our commitment to informing Parkside Community School students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to our students. Parkside Community School proactively seeks to build on close working relationships with providers in order to invite them to attend school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting post 16 choices. In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the school’s Careers Lead, Mrs K O’Sullivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice. All requests will be considered on the basis of: staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activities, trips or visits to the school, interruption to examination preparation or rooming and space availability to host the activity. 
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