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Careers Information

The designated careers lead for St. Mary's Middle School is Mr. Tubb. To speak to someone about Careers please phone the main school number (01305 848293) and ask for Mr. Tubb.

The date of our next review of the information published here on our careers page is: June 2024.

Mr. Tubb (Assistant Headteacher & Careers and Employability Lead)

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At St Mary's Middle school we value Careers Education and ensure that we offer a number of broad and balanced opportunities for our pupils to explore and learn from. We work closely with the Thomas Hardye School and other local middle schools in our aim to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks (please see the link below to find out more about these).

As well as incorporating Careers Education into our PSHE curriculum, we encourage students to explore various career websites that are specifically designed for children of middle school age. We feel it is important that we give students the opportunities to explore the vast array of careers and pathways pitched at a level they find appropriate and appealing.

To complement and develop this, we are planning to run a Careers Fair involving parents presenting their careers and the pathways they chose. If you would be willing and able to help out with this, please use the contact form on the Careers page below. This year, I will be looking to have one-to-one discussions with all students in Year 8 regarding their future aspirations and provide them with advice and places to go where they can find further information. 

Thank you for reading, 

Mr. Tubb. 

Careers Enterprise Advisor

We are very fortunate at St. Mary's Middle School to have an enterprise advisor who will be working with us this year to greatly enhance our careers provision.  Please find her bio below: 

Natalie Joyce attended St Mary’s Middle School in the mid 1990’s and finished her education at the Thomas Hardye School in 1996. For the past ten years she has been employed by the award winning and Poundbury based RiskSTOP Group. Natalie’s role as Group HR and Social Responsibility Manager involves bringing the best out of people and helping them grow. She is responsible for employee relations, learning and development, employee engagement and performance management. 

Natalie also champions and is hugely passionate about social responsibility, helping RiskSTOP Group support those who may be vulnerable for example, as well local and national charities. Her work links her closely with The Dorset Careers Hub and a network of schools within Dorset.

Provider Access Legislation Policy 2023/24


Careers Area in the school library

Two House Captains in the new school Careers Area.

Careers Policy 2022/23

What jobs might be out there when our students leave school? Have a look at these 'Future Jobs' and see what interests you!

Local labour market information for Dorset.

Careers Link Enterprise Adviser Update: 

We are in the process of finding a new Careers Link Enterprise Adviser for St. Mary's Middle School. Following the departure of our previous Link Adviser, we are awaiting the results of a search for someone new. This is being conducted with the assistance of the Careers and Enterprise Company. 

The 8 Gatsby benchmarks

  • Careerpilot
    This website can provide you with information on a huge number of careers, based on your responses to some simple questions.

  • Careerometer - Labour Market Information For All.
    Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation. Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

  • Career Insight Website
    This website contains a huge database of videos explaining the routes that different people took to get into the career they wanted. These cover their journey from school, to further education and onwards into the wider world of work. It also covers what an average day is like for a person in that career. The database is fully searchable and is being added to all the time.

Year 8 Careers Interviews