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Indigo Careers Platform.

Students have access to a careers development programme called Indigo which will help students from Years 7-13 explore careers and develop an action plan that they can regularly update to reflect their evolving destination plans and careers choices.

Indigo combines a comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. 

Students should go to  and log in using the username and password they have been provided. Students are encouraged to access the Indigo Platform both at school, and at any time at home, particularly when approaching important decision points such as GCSE, post 16 or post 18 options. Please see below a short guide to help students get started, The Indigo Student Guide - Careers.

Job of the Week - this video resource, which features every week on the student bulletin in school, provides more than 100 short videos featuring everything students need to know about roles, qualifications, salary and career entry routes.

Apprenticeship Information

Please see below a useful presentation provided by UCAS with up to date information about apprenticeships.

Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education - Occupational Maps

Use the above link to explore the Occupational Maps to find out the different career routes an apprenticeship or technical qualification may give you. 

Careers Advice -We have a qualified adviser, Mrs Rush, who provides independent Careers Advice and Guidance. All students (Years 7-13) are able to make appointments to have a guidance interview in school by requesting this from their Form Tutor. Our Careers Adviser also cooperates a 'Drop In Clinic' at lunch times for students.

Useful Websites and Publications:

Sport: Careers in Sport | News, jobs and career advice for Sport (

Creative Media: Getting into film, TV, games, animation and VFX - ScreenSkills


Make the Future Yours:

Get the Jump: Explore your education and training choices

Get the Jump: explore your education and training choices | National Careers Service

Students should go to the link above to explore their future options.  There is really helpful information available from the National Careers Service.

Make the Future Yours! is an interesting and informative newsletter covering a host of careers ideas and course information. To read the latest, or any previous  issues go to:

Students seeking to learn more about post 16 or post 18 options could research the following links and the attachments below 'Post 16 Pathways Explained' and 'Your Options Technical Qualifications Post 16'

Poynton High School Sixth Form

Macclesfield College

Stockport College

Aquinas College

Cheadle and Marple College

The Manchester College

Find an Apprenticeship

Tytherington High School Sixth Form

Cheshire and Warrington Jobs Portal

The Local Enterprise Partnership provides this portal which has job adverts, funded training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and information about sectors etc Parents and students can use the portal to find out more about LMI, apprenticeship availability etc and it will help students to make an informed decision about the next step on their career path. There is also information on job searching techniques and interview skills, along with which sectors are experiencing growth and actively recruiting. There is a section focussing on ‘Spotlighted Vacancies’ which are promoted jobs that employers are keen to fill quickly, and advice on what to do if you have been made redundant or looking to start your own business.

Labour Market Information for Students, Parents and PHS Teaching Staff

LMI is an important tool to help students, parents and teachers research the demand for future jobs in their area, salary levels and skills needed. Please use the link below to visit the Labour Market Profile of Cheshire East.  

The 2022 Cheshire and Warrington Labour Market Assessment contains an analysis of the Cheshire and Warrington Labour Market. It brigades key intelligence on labour market demand and supply issues and draws on a body of evidence about the Cheshire and Warrington labour market which has been developed over the last two years. Also, at this link can be found further detailed reports on employer demand; digital skills; the training infrastructure; young people; low carbon jobs; and the impact of Covid-19 on the Labour Market. See below for this document.

A great place to explore Labour Market Information is the LMIForALL website at:

Students can use data from LMIForALL above and combine it with research on Indigo Careers or  to discover different roles, workplaces and how the subjects they are studying, or hoping to study, can get them there. There is also a useful skills and interests quiz, the 'Skillsometer' which can be a great starting point for a student's research combined with the  'Careerometer' widget which provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Students simply type in the title of the job they are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which they can select the most relevant to them. They can then look up another two occupations and compare. They can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation they have selected.

The Information below from the National Careers Service shows the current (2020) growth areas in Cheshire and Warrington are Decarbonisation and Nuclear, Life Sciences, Digital Information and Communications, Manufacturing Transport and Storage.


Please see an illustration of our Careers Programme on the Careers Homepage.

At Key Stage 3 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Up (Year 7) STEP On (Year 8) and STEP Ahead (Year 9) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. They have been created in conjunction with the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDI Skills Framework. We also devote time on the student development days to develop knowledge of work, careers and the next steps options for students. We are available for advice during the Year 9 Options process.

At Key Stage 4 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Forward (Year 10) and STEP Future (Year 11) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. Additionally, during the Spring Term, additional time is devoted to completion of the workbook tasks to ensure students have fully considered their post 16 options.
Through activities on student development days, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of future options, and what it is like in the work place.
Our Careers Adviser is available on and after GCSE results day to assist our students with their progression and will have met 1:2:1 with all students by the end of Year 11.

At Key Stage 5 careers education runs in conjunction with the Sixth Form team. Students are given guidance on UCAS applications, choosing appropriate Universities, Colleges of FE, and places of work. Students have access to specialist external advisors, form tutors, the Sixth Form team and the Careers team to receive advice on their future after Poynton High School. There are Careers fairs, Industry Insight Events, Further Education fairs, and a ‘Life Beyond Poynton Day’. All students will also be able to receive careers advice after A level results. Students looking for employment after Sixth Form will also be able to join the Employment Readiness Programme for further support in applications.

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811