Careers Information

Careers advice, information and guidance underpins everything we do at Royds Hall, whether it is student leadership, teaching and learning or the pastoral structure, our core message is ‘what skills, qualities and attitudes are you developing to succeed in the world of work?’

We want every child to leave our family prepared for a life in modern Britain and learn to thrive on new challenges and raise their aspirations, whether that is through higher education or the work route.  All advice, information and guidance is tailored to individual needs and based up on current labour market information to ensure students are informed of the best possible options for them.

We have a comprehensive programme which embeds careers education in to teaching and learning, the Academic Mentoring system, student leadership and all aspects of our pastoral system.

See our careers programme file below.

Our careers adviser in school is Philippa Barker.  She works with students in years 8 – 11 providing career – related and impartial information, advice and guidance. She can help with career planning and signpost students to a range of support services for young people.

Philippa works very closely with year 11 students and their Community Progress Leaders helping to make sure they are aware of all their post 16 options and supporting them with their career plans.  Appointment cards are handed out via teachers in lesson time. However, self-referrals are welcome, so please let her know if you would like an earlier appointment or if you feel you would benefit from a second interview.

In careers we appreciate some students will need more help and support than others to make a successful transition on leaving year 11. We therefore work closely in school with the SEN staff, Learning Mentors and Community Progress Leaders to help to offer appropriate support to students. Our experience in careers has also helped us form good working relationships with external agencies who we can call on to offer advice and support if required. For information on Kirklees & Royds Hall Community School leaver destinations go to:

Philippa offers a drop-in service for any student at break or lunchtime where they can come along to request an appointment or ask a quick question. She is available in the ILC office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is also a careers section on Royds Hall Moodle with links to useful careers websites.

If parents / carers would like to attend careers meetings or have questions, please do not hesitate to phone Philippa in school or use this email address

We constantly review our service by asking students views of careers advice within school. Please click here to see the results.

Effective advice and guidance about future educational and career choices contribute well to the high proportion of Year 11 pupils that remain in education, training or employment.
Ofsted 2017