North Chadderton

The Oak Trust will provide excellence in teaching, learning and leadership development.
This will be based on safe, inclusive practice which inspires and challenges everyone.
The Oak Trust

Careers Information

North Chadderton School has achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard for its careers education, information, advice and guidance provision. The gold award was awarded by Inspiring IAG which is a Licensed Awarding Body for the national standard.

It is a well-deserved achievement that recognises the schools hard work in providing high quality Careers, Information Advice and Guidance.

The school was honoured at a ceremony in Tallinn on 16 November 2017 for its track record of success in teaching entrepreneurship. The event was the high point of a conference organised by the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education in Estonia, the EU’s presidency-in-office.

The award is led by JA Europe as a part of the Entrepreneurial School initiative supported by Siemens.

The schools scored the highest against the key indicators promoting the sustainability of entrepreneurship education: the quality of the school’s strategy, the allocation of appropriate resource, the existence of relevant teacher training, the engagement of local and business communities, and the extent of the school’s best practice network.

The Tallinn event, which attracted representatives of the EU presidency-in-office, member state ministries, and leading educationists, was part of a programme of initiatives undertaken by ‘Switch on Europe!’ This campaign is raising awareness of the European goal, set in 2010, that every young person should have a practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education.

The award recognised that enterprise education lies at the heart of our inclusive curriculum and every student is encouraged to realise their potential and turn ideas into opportunities, which will achieve both commercial and social outcomes. The five R’s (Resourceful, Responsible, Resilience, Reasoning and Reflective) underpin the relentless focus on building personal attributes that allow young people to make a positive contribution to the global society. 

At North Chadderton we aim to guide and inspire students as they plan for the next stage in their lives by:

  • Providing opportunities for students to develop career management and employability skills
  • Working with Parents/Carers to ensure they are informed of the opportunities and options available to their children
  • Equipping students with knowledge, skills and attributes to make informed decisions through a relevant and up to date Careers Programme
  • Supporting students with personalised information, advice and guidance about Careers and the world of work
  • Inspiring students to consider ambitious options to achieve their full potential
  • Building strong links with Employers and other training providers
  • Facilitating opportunities to experience the world of work
  • A personalised leadership programme in the Sixth Form which includes work experience

Personalised Information and Guidance

Ms Rahela Begum is our independent Careers Advisor and is employed by Positive Steps, Oldham.

Rahela provides impartial careers advice focussed upon each individual students needs by offering every Year 8 -13 student a one to one personalised interview. We encourage parents to be part of their student’s choices and parents are welcome to attend the one to one interviews or to contact Rahela through the school. Rahela is available in school Monday - Wednesday. On Friday our Careers Advisor is Joanna Whitehead. Rahela is also available for support and advice at year 8 - 13 Parents Evenings and Parent Conferences. During school holidays Rahela is available at the Centre, Union Street Oldham

Tel: 0161 621 9363


Careers within the Curriculum

We embed careers through our curriculum delivery of PSHE and a half term module of Careers based lessons is taught in Years 7  to 11.

The module ensures students are equipped and confident to make the choices that become available to them during the different stages of their secondary education. Careers within the Sixth Form is delivered through the Leadership Programme ,Mentor meetings and visiting speakers.

Careers Resources

We have a well resourced careers library situated in the Careers Office and Sixth Form College with supplementary information available in the School Library.

Students are encouraged to access an extensive range of careers related information and helpful websites on the school's SharePoint site. All students have access to the careers digital information screen on the first floor and the information board outside the Careers Office, these are regularly updated with a wide range of information and exciting opportunities

Careers Events

The school organises a wide range of events and activities to provide information and inspire students:

  • Opportunities to listen and interact with external speakers from a range of occupations and professions through assemblies and PSHE lessons
  • Inspiring Men and Women week through assemblies
  • “Take your sons and daughters to work day “ an opportunity for Year 10 to experience the “world of work”
  • Annual Careers and Apprenticeship Fair involving a range of both local and national business representatives
  • Annual Vocation and Training Providers Fair
  • Futures Week for the Sixth Form
  • Career focused visits to a range of Business and Professional Companies
  • An interactive, activity filled Careers week during March
  • Mock interviews and support for CV and application form writing  from our Business Partners for Year 11 and 13
  • Visits to Skills North West and Your Choice exhibitions
  • Taster days at Local Colleges
  • Opportunities for students to explore alternative 14-19 pathways through visits, speakers, taster days and personalised programmes 
  • Work experience (Sixth Form)
  • Wide range of opportunities for Sixth Form students to attend University and Higher Level Apprenticeship taster days.
  • Students to link with redbrick universities, taster days presentations
  • Young Enterprise
  • A variety of local and national competitions to develop employability skills


All students have access to the school's SharePoint site which contains some very useful information on:

  • How to write a cv
  • Top jobs and emerging careers
  • A-Z index of job profiles
  • Job descriptions
  • Useful inks and websites


The Careers Team

The Careers Team members are part of national and local networks which provide strong business links and access to wide range of expertise and opportunities.

Mrs G Hindle, Senior Director of Business and HR and SLT link for Careers

Mrs A Greenwood, Director of Post 16 Education and Wider Partnerships

Mrs J Sutcliffe, Curriculum Leader of Careers (Year 7 -11)

Miss N Westhead, Director of Raising Achievement KS4 and More Able Students

Ms Rahela Begum our Careers Adviser from Positive Steps providing independent and impartial advice. Available Monday - Wednesday.

Ms Joanna Whitehead, our Careers Adviser from Positive Steps providing independent and impartial advice. Available Fridays.

Mrs Suzanne Robinson, KS4 Achievement Co-ordinator

Mrs Lisa Brierley is our link Governor with responsibility for monitoring career provision across the school. 

The school will review the information published in the first half of the summer term.

Some websites providing Careers Advice

  • Positive Steps Oldham HERE
  • iCould Career Inspiration HERE
  • National Careers Service - HERE
  • Greater Manchester Higher Website - HERE
  • Apprenticeships - HERE
  • Prospects - HERE
  • ISeeTheDifference - HERE
Show list Show Grid