Futures (Transition & Careers)
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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
|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|
Address: Standish Community High School, Kenyon Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0NX
Phone: 01257 422265