Futures (Transition & Careers)

Destinations Intent

The Futures Team at Standish are passionate about delivering a fit for purpose careers programme that meets the students’ needs, interests and possible career pathways no matter what stage of life they are at.  We hope to deliver a balanced career view that will equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed choices about their post 16 options.

Through a whole school careers linked Programme of Studies, the Futures Team aim to personalise information, advice and guidance to enable students to discover where their interests and passions can lead them, as they embark on the first steps towards a career.  The Team embraces the whole school vision of becoming ‘Outstanding’ in all that it does and will continue to improve on already good practice, with regards to delivering CIEAG and the Gatsby benchmarks.

The Futures Team are currently working hard to forge partnerships and work collaboratively with local and national companies, ensuring Standish delivers first-hand experience and advice from the world of work.  We aim to offer students, parents and families every opportunity to be part of  a dynamic and supportive careers programme, that listens and supports in the appropriate way.

The Futures Team want all staff to embrace and contribute to CIEAG through their roles as specialists in their disciplines. Staff are ideally placed to inspire students through great classroom practice,  to research and discover more about opportunities beyond the confines of school. We aim to engage with local and national initiatives, keeping labour market information relevant to all that we plan and deliver. This will enable SCHS students to be ideally placed for career sector opportunities and to be fully equipped for the evolving requirements of the 21st century workplace.


About Us

Welcome to our new ‘Futures Team’ here at Standish Community High School, our futures team is here to inspire, energise, support and guide our student’s throughout their time at Standish.

The futures team has two dimensions, Transition, where our aim is to support the physical and emotional change from primary into high school life, and Destinations, with the sole purpose to advise, guide and provide unlimited opportunities to help our young people make an informed decision on their futures, the sky is their limit.

The ‘Futures team’ consists of Mr D Prout (Futures Director) and Mrs N Pilkington (Learning Coordinator). Support by Assistant Headteacher, Mrs M Collier.


Meet The Futures Team


Mr Prout

Mr Prout’s has first-hand experience working with major global industries, after working for the ‘Bank of New York Mellon’ for 6 years.  Having worked in the client services department he has seen first-hand the importance of a good education plus the confidence to show character and personality to support progress with a variety of career sectors. This all rounded character is at the forefront of Mr Prout’s thinking, transferring his experiences to enable him to inspire and engage the next generation on their own career pathway.
Mr Prout has a passion for bringing a fresh new innovative careers programme and embedding this into the student’s curriculum. Highlighting the importance around personal progression, following interests, passions along with academic success.  At the forefront of this vision, Mr Prout will endeavour to deliver a broad careers diet to our students so they realise the opportunities are endless.  At Standish the ‘Sky is the Limit’.

Mrs O’Connor


With a wealth of background and experience within educational careers advise and guidance, Mrs O’Connor is passionate about all students achieving their full potential in what area career sector they want to follow.  Having previous worked for Aim Higher during university and within many areas of career advise, Mrs O’Connor is the idea sounding board for our students to explore the options to them.  ‘You cant be what you cant see’, is the Futures moto and with create advice and experiences, Mrs O’Connor aims to reach every student, no matter where they are at.

Mrs O’Connors life experience is invaluable to the Futures team here at Standish, having left England to experience different cultures and educational programmes in both France and Spain, she has a real passion for gaining lifer experience and living that life to the full.  Completing her degree at uclan, Preston and PGCE at Edge Hill, Mrs O’Connor has excellent contacts around Greater Manchester and Lancashire institutions, we see this a vital link for Standish to work in close partnership with post 16 providers to enable all our students to follow their dream path.

Mrs O’Connors clear care and passion for all students to succeed and willingness to go the extra mile for all students puts her in the perfect role within the Futures team.  To support a balance diet of educational careers advise and guidance and be the ‘go to’ person for all students across school.  Do not worry where you are currently at, Mr’s O’Connor will inspire and motivate to get you where you will thrive.



Mrs Pilkington

With a background in hospitality Mrs Pilkington has the expertise to deliver the desired outcome in all areas. She has a shared vision, to create the most effective and streamlined transition for our young children, making sure their emotional and physical requirements are met throughout the transition process.

As part of a school continually striving to be outstanding, Mrs Pilkington has taken accountability in making sure this is the best experience for all students from day one.

Mrs Collier

Mrs Collier is an experienced educational professional who has always been a pioneer in the sector she has been working in, having worked in the educational sector for over 15 years, her career has transformed from teaching of Mathematics to share her skills and experience as a lead practitioner into her current role as assistant head teacher. Mrs Collier currently manages the Futures Team, has responsibility for Teacher Training (ITT), NQT training and coaching, parental involvement and engagement and student council.

As the government focus on target areas within the educational sector, not only on the academic progress of students but the personal and social wellbeing and improvement. Mrs Collier is at the forefront of these statutory changes at Standish CHS, working closely with her teams to make sure the desired outcomes, support and improvements of all students are met.

Mr Markland

Mr Markland is extremely passionate about raising aspirations for pupils to fulfil their true potential. He has delivered many employability training and confidence building programmes, helping individuals identify and transform any limiting beliefs into feeling empowered to overcome their perceived barriers on their pathway to career success.

He offers information, advice and guidance around all post 16 destinations such as college, university, apprenticeships and employment. His vision for all pupils is to raise aspirations so they reach their full potential, to support each pupil in gaining clarity over their situation and explore all the viable options for their chosen career pathway. He aims for all pupils to leave school feeling happy and confident within themselves and their future plans.

Quality Assurance

Standish Community High School measures and assesses the impact on their Careers Programme based on the statutory government Gatsby Benchmark requirements.  These Benchmarks focus on 8 strands of a professional and successful careers programme and forms the foundation of the Futures Team Career Focus and Strategy. 
Our careers programme is quality assured through our Greater Manchester Enterprise Advisor on a termly basis, via the completion of the COMPASS Careers Benchmark Tool which evaluates our careers activities against the 8 benchmarks of best practice.
As part of the Standish School Improvement Plan, the careers programme falls under the Personal Development section where strategies put in place for the school to develop and meet specific criteria. Impact statements are measured and assessed by SLT and the Futures Director.


Futures Calendar


Events for 2019 Date
Welcome to KS4 Evening Y10/11 Thursday 12 September
Year 7 Transition Enterprise Day Monday 30 September
Winstanley Leadership Day Y11 Tuesday 1 October
SCHS Open Day Evening Thursday 3 October
Anderton Centre Y7 LANGU Monday 7 October
Anderton Centre Y7 TECHK Tuesday 8 October
National Apprenticeship Show Bolton Y10/11 Tuesday 15 October
Post 16 Applications (PSHE) Y10 LANGU Monday 14 October
Post 16 Applications (PSHE) Y10 TECHK Monday 21 October
DW Mock Interview Day Y11 Tuesday 5 November
Year 11 Parents Evening Thursday 7 November
Events for 2020 Date
Whole School Twilight CPD World Careers Week Tuesday 28  January
Careers in the Curriculum – School Department Meetings Tuesday 4 February
STEM Day “Tailored Education” Y8 Thursday 5 March
STEM Day Winstanley College Y10 Friday 13 March
Pre College Taster Day Assembly (All Colleges) Monday 30 March
Wigan & Leigh Taster Day Y10 Monday 22 June
Runshaw Taster Day Y10 Wednesday 24 June
Induction Evening for Parents and Students Y6 Thursday 25 June
St John Rigby College Taster Day Y10 Thursday 25 June
Y6 Taster Day July
Winstanley College Taster Day Y10 Friday 3 July

Contact Information

Email: futuresteam@standishchs.wigan.sch.uk
Address: Standish Community High School, Kenyon Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0NX
Phone: 01257 422265