Activities and events

Pathways (Year 8)

Parent/Carer Information


School contacts

The school's careers team are:

Mrs V Foster
(Careers Leader)

Mrs R Pindar
(Deputy Headteacher)


In addition, if you have any questions about the Pathways options process, you can also contact:

Mrs A Monaghan
(Progress Leader Key Stage 3) 

All members of staff can also be contacted by phone via the school’s main switchboard on 01964 613133.


Access Policy

We welcome enquiries for access from all employers, apprenticeship providers, and FE and HE providers. Our access policy can be found in our Careers Programme Information (please click to view/download).

Alternatively, please contact Mrs V Foster (Carers Leader) directly at or by phone on 01964 613133.  

Teacher Toolkit

We know how difficult it can sometimes be for teachers to prepare resources for careers events in school, or to have the time to find relevant and up-to-date labour market information for their curriculum area, so we have therefore listed a few websites which will help teachers across all subjects further develop CEIAG in their subject areas.

Please click here to view/download to view/download the Teacher Toolkit for CEIAG.

Statutory information

Please click here to view/download a summary of Withernsea High School's careers programme.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) Careers Introduction

In Years 7, 8 and 9, the idea of going to college and getting a job may seem like a long way off. However, in reality, decisions that you make now could affect your future and have a direct impact on your career.

At Withernsea High School we have a dedicated careers programme that caters for students in all years. As you progress through the school, we will focus on different areas of your career journey in order to support you in making the right choices.  

In Years 7 and 8 you will be introduced to careers through school trips and events, plus discussions in structured lessons.

In Year 9 you will focus on what subjects you would like to study in Key Stage 4 as part of the Pathways process. Please scroll down for further information about this.  

As always, the careers team are on hand to offer any advice, answer any questions and make your career journey an enjoyable one.

The Careers Base in P2 is open on dedicated lunchtimes for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to access careers guidance and information. Places can be booked via Form Tutors or Mrs Foster at   Further information about this opportunity for additional support is available in the student bulletin. 


Activities and events 

Please see below for a brief outline of the careers-related activities and events that you will take part in throughout Years 7, 8 and 9.

All events and activities are subject to change and more detailed information and updates will be distributed in school.  

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Year 7

Careers Questionnaire

National Careers Week

British Science Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Tutor Time careers activities

Enrichment Week

Year 8

Careers Questionnaire

NHS Careers Day

For Entrepreneurs Only

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

British Science Week

Options lessons delivered in PSHE

Year 8 Options Parents' Evening

Tutor Time careers activities

Enrichment Week

Steps to Success

Year 9

Careers Questionnaire

For Entrepreneurs Only

Women into Manufacturing and Engineering event

National Careers Week

British Science Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Tutor Time careers activities

Careers Fair

Enrichment Week

Hull University ACE Day

Pathways - Year 9 Options

In Year 9, you will reach a very important point in your school career as you will be asked to choose subjects to study in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).

It is important to think carefully about these choices as they may have an impact on later decisions, such as potential post-16 courses, apprenticeships, university routes and the world of work.

Our Pathways booklet is designed to help you make informed decisions about your options for Key Stage 4. Not only does it provide a curriculum overview of all subjects, it also offers an insight in to what the study of each subject could lead to in the future.

DOWNLOAD: 2021-2022 Guide PENDING - Due for publication in January 2022
All information correct at time of going to print. 




Pathways booklet released
A copy of the Pathways booklet will be handed out to all Year 9 students early in the Spring Term. Your PSHE teacher will talk you through its contents and be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the options process.

Date to be confirmed

Subject talks
You will attend a number of talks led by teachers across all optional subjects to learn more about the courses and what opportunities they could ultimately lead to in the future.

Date to be confirmed

Year 9 Parents/Carers Consultation Evening
An opportunity for you to discuss options with your teachers and your parents/carers.  

Date to be confirmed

Options forms handed out
These will be given out at the Year 9 Parents/Carers Evening.

Date to be confirmed

Hand-in deadline for Options forms
All decisions must be made and forms handed in by this date.

Date to be confirmed



Information for parents/carers

As a parent or carer of a student in Key Stage 3, it can be difficult to know where to start with helping your child select the subject options that will help them progress into the career of their choice.

Websites that offer advice and guidance to help your child include:



Barclays Life Skills

LifeSkills works with teachers, parents and businesses to help young people develop the necessary skills to secure jobs.

Log on move On

A prospectus of education, learning and training opportunities in Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire Coast.

LMI Humber

Labour Market Information for the Humber area.

EY Careers

UK Careers Information from Ernst and Young.

Careers Advice for Parents

Dedicated information for parents/carers, led by a top Careers Advisor and Coach.

Shape your Future (Document)

Please click the above link to view/download

The Shape your Future booklet has been created by the University of Hull, LMI Humber, and Careers Yorkshire and Humber. It has relevant and up-to-date labour market information for all the job sectors within our area, as well as some of the businesses that are in them.

It is a great starting point when looking for career ideas.