ACE Programme

At Stockport School we have established a new programme focussed on widening the horizons of our students.  In Years 8 and 9 you will have the opportunity to take part in our ACE or Aspiring Careers Education programme.  Workshops will provide you with opportunities to hear from and interview real life employers and employees from across Stockport and the North West.

If you have a suggestion of a career you would like to hear about during one of our ACE sessions, please contact our School Careers Leader, Mr E Riley Email here for further information.

Employability Skills

At Stockport School, we want to support you and enable you to become work ready.  From the moment you begin in Year 7 you are building up a range of key employability skills, such as:

Target Setting

Take the time to consider these skills, which ones do you feel confident about?  Try to use your experiences in school to enhance your employability skills.  Take the opportunity to grow outside of the classroom by getting involved in school life, the local community and in extra-curricular activities.

Feedback and Guidance

We are always looking for our students’ views on our Careers Programme.  If you have anything you would like to share, please contact the School Careers Leader, Mr E Riley Email here

You can also contact Mrs Schofield Email here  if you have any queries or questions relating to Careers and Further Education.

Use of GMACS & Xello

In September 2020, we launched the new website and online Careers platform GMACS.
The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship & Careers Service (GMACS) helps young people explore and design their next steps before leaving school.
The site is also the gateway to Xello, a service for schools which helps equip students with the knowledge, skills and information they need to get ahead in today’s labour market.
Xello and GMACS are now being integrated into all aspects of our Careers programme including our 1:1 Careers and advice interviews.
See link for article about Stockport Schools’s good practice November 2020.

Useful Links

Upcoming College Virtual Open Days here 
tel: 0161 4742300 ext. 2312

Michael Henshall Watson

Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance

Level 6 qualification in Learning, Development and Support Services

Michael provides independent careers guidance for all KS4 students in a one to one interview, parents and carers are welcome to attend if they wish. Students can drop in at Grand Central to see Michael during school holidays 12.30pm to 4.30pm; no need for appointment. 
The Education and Careers Advice Service is located next to Subway and McDonalds on the A6. During term time appointments will need to be booked via the office tel 0161 4742300

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Inspire and engage every student in future planning

Xello is an engaging online program that prepares students for post-secondary success in academics, careers and life. With Xello, you’ll have everything you need to help your students build the skills and knowledge to create actionable plans for the future, regardless of their chosen pathway.

Xello Login Page

Sign up to the Young People’s hub to find out more about preparing for work in the 21st century.

Help your child explore their future career and education options at home by encouraging them touse Start – a fantastic online careers learning tool. Start is accessible anytime on computers andcompatible mobile and tablet devices, and is designed to enable young people to make excellentchoices about their futures.

U-Explore allows students to research a wide range of careers and find detailed information about them all. The site contains information about further and higher education, apprenticeships, work experience, voluntary work and choosing options.

This site contains interviews and videos about all the different post 16 options including apprenticeships, employment and university.

This site has a lot of information about the wide variety of apprenticeship available. 
You can research vacancies and apply online on this site.

The Apprenticeship Store offers guidance and assistance to anyone seeking an apprenticeship. Young people are able to search for job vacancies and are given support with their applications by staff it the store. The Apprenticeship Store is open Monday to Friday 10.00am until 4.30pm every week.
Stockport Apprenticeship Store, Unit 4-6 Grand Central, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK1 3TA.

Stockport College offers a very wide variety of courses, many vocational courses at all levels and many A level.

Cheadle and Marple is a local college that offers mainly A levels but also some apprenticeship and BTEC courses.  There are two sites but most Stockport School attend the Marple campus.

Aquinas is a local Catholic college that offers an academic route to university.  It offers very few other kinds of courses.

Manchester College offers a very wide variety of courses, many vocational courses at all levels and many A level courses. 
If you cannot find what you want in Stockport it may well be available in Manchester.

This college has different campuses, the nearest being Wythenshawe. 
It offers a number of courses that the local colleges do not, for example rural environments, animal care and agricultural courses.

This college is in Nantwich, specialising in agricultural and horticultural courses.

UCAS is the organisation through which applications to university are made. 
They provide information and services to applicants and their parents/carers.

Impartial careers advice from careers guidance counsellors, online or by phone from 8.00am until 8.00 pm. The experts are there to answer your questions.

This site has lots of resources and information to help you find the career that you want; from CV advice to university courses and apprenticeship vacancies.

These pages contain information about work and careers and much of the information you will need as you progress through life as a young adult.

CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent job site. Candidates are able to apply directly to over 125,000 live vacancies from across the UK, covering over 70 different sectors.

This website provides up to date information about universities and apprenticeships of all levels, including school leaver programmes, in many sectors. They advertise existing opportunities and give good information about employers and universities.

Apply to Uni

Up to date and clear information about applying to university. For use by staff and young people.


Find out about CITB apprenticeships, how CITB can help people to become an apprentice and what support is available throughout the apprenticeship. 

Big Ambition

Digital career information site, including case studies.

British Dental Association

News and information about Dentistry and associated professions. 

Careers in Sport

Information about careers in sport, including current vacancies.

The UK’s most widely used student and graduate job website

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Business in the Community – Business Class Partnership

Improve your chances of achieving your ambitions. sell a wide variety of resources including information about jobs and practice assessments for selection into specific careers. is a website which is open to everyone which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.

BBC Bitesize is the BBC’s free online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid students in both schoolwork and, for older students, exams. It also contains invaluable support for careers and options as well as a section on mental health and well being.

Uni is to ensure all students have access to free information that can guide them when they apply to university; as we know that students are not always aware of what resources available when considering their futures. We help students with their application, personal statements, independent rankings, as well as advice on student finance, and what campus life is really like. 
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