Careers Leader: Katie Innes

Email address:

Phone number: 01434 610312

At QEHS we are committed to careers education to ensure that our students are successful, prosperous and happy in their future lives. Our careers education takes many guises such as independent careers interviews, different year group whole careers days where students get to have meaningful encounters with employers, careers modules through PSHE lessons, assemblies, work experience, bespoke IAG for every pupil at curriculum transition points, visits to other post-16 providers and events that take place both outside and inside school. Please see the comprehensive programme for our careers education year group by year group.

QEHS is part of the NELEP (North East Local Enterprise Partnership) and the NELEP Careers Hub, which allows QEHS to have a wide network of opportunities and contacts.

We are committed to fully achieving the Gatsby benchmarks by 2020. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Our careers programme is built around local, regional and national labour market information. Please use this website to view this.

If you are a provider/employer and would like to offer apprenticeships, information and guidance, work experience placements or alternative provision for our students at Post 16, please contact Katie Innes our school careers leader.

We measure the impact of our careers provision by student voice, questionnaires before after events, student reviews of interviews, destination data for Year 11 and Year 13. We will be reviewing our whole school careers provision and its impact regularly; the next review is January 2019.

Careers Advice

Our Personal Adviser for Careers at QEHS is Elaine McStravick, who can provide support on all aspects of your future in employment or education including further and higher education, training and apprenticeships. Elaine is based in the Learning Resource Centre and usually in school on a Wednesday (8.30am – 4.30pm).

If you would like an appointment with Elaine please email your request to or call into the LRC and leave a message. If possible please give a preferred time brief and details regarding what you would like to discuss e.g. options post GCSE or A Level, apprenticeships, applying to university or thinking of leaving school.

Careers Library

The Learning Resource Centre also contains information about careers, occupations, opportunities for employment, training, further education and higher education. (Including college and university prospectuses)

The Careers section also holds information on job searching: CV, applications and interview help.

The notice board displays current apprenticeships, jobs (including part time) and voluntary opportunities.

There is also access to computer aided guidance packages such as Kudos and Careerscape.

Careers Clinics

The Careers Clinics offer an information service for all year groups, including careers and course information. They are held on:

Wednesday 10.00am – 10.15am & 11.20am – 11.40am in the Sixth Form Café / Study Areas

Wednesday 1.00pm – 1.20pm in the Learning Resource Centre


NCC advice for students who are in employment

Below is Northumberland County Council’s advice on students who are in employment:

Did you know that?

  • All children from the age of 13 years and who are working must be registered with the Local Authority and be issued with a work permit.
  • It is an offence for an employer to employ children without registering with the local authority first.
  • The numbers of hours students can work whilst attending school are restricted. Children must not work before 7am and after 7pm.
  • Any children working without a permit is not covered by their employer’s liability insurance.

More information and application forms can be obtained from:

Education Welfare
Virtual Schools
Education and Wellbeing Service
Wellbeing and Community Health Service
Brunel Building, 64 Regent Street
NE24 1LT

Tel: 01670 622800