Notre Dame Plymouth provides a wide range of advice and support for students at each stage of their school life.

Advice and Guidance

A variety of advice and guidance days and evenings are available throughout the year, enabling parents to discuss the progress of their children. Progress Reviews, outlining students’ current progress against targets and their attitude to learning, are sent home three times a year.

Work Related Learning

“Careers education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work. Careers guidance enables young people to use the knowledge and skills developed to make decisions about learning and work that are right for them.” (Careers Education and Guidance in England, DfES 2003).

Careers Education and Guidance is delivered by a specialist team within the ethos and mission statement of Notre Dame Plymouth, mainly through the PSHE programme. Its three strands enable students to:

  • understand themselves and the influences on them (self development)
  • investigate opportunities in learning and work (career exploration)
  • make and adjust plans to manage change and transition (career management).

These three strands are developed from Year 7 through to Year 13.

In Year 9 students apply knowledge and skills gained in choosing appropriate KS4 courses.

In Year 10 all students experience a one-week work placement, giving them a valuable insight into the wider world of work.

In Year 11 students prepare job applications and curriculum vitae, which form the basis for a mock interview with a local employer. A careers guidance interview with a Careers South West adviser is available for Year 11 and Sixth Form students requiring one. Work experience is an integral part of Sixth Form, NVQ and AVCE courses.

Appropriate ICT software (e.g. Kudos, Higher Ideas) is used at each key stage as part of the investigative and decision making process.


In the Autumn term of each year, Year 9 and Year 10 students make decisions about the courses and subjects they wish to study in Years 10 and 11. The school offers an increasing number of personalised pathways for students to choose from, including GCSEs, BTECs and ASDAN.

Choices Guides are produced each year to support students in their decision making.

The latest guide can be downloaded below:

Advice for Parents

Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Advice & Guidance

Mrs C Darragh –