College Talks & Taster Days
Year 11 students are given talks by local colleges to inform and
advise them of the different courses on offer and to give them an
insight into college life, to help them to make the best post-16
choices. In the summer term, Year 10 students are invited to taster
days at Loreto and Xaverian Colleges. This gives students the
opportunity to experience a typical college day and sample some
lessons. Students always comment on how useful these days are in
helping them decide which college to apply for.
A Careers fair is held as part of our extensive CEIAG programme
where students are able to talk to local colleges, training and
apprenticeship providers so they can consider their future options.
The Careers Fair includes career talks with colleges,
apprenticeship and training providers, employers and professionals
We have a careers section in the school library with a range
of information and college/university prospectuses. There is
also a careers notice board in the Science block which displays
information about college open evenings and apprenticeships as
well as general careers information.
The Barlow has invested in a high-quality careers information
resource www.kudos-online.co.uk which gives you the
chance to discover the careers that suit you by taking an online
At Easter time, Year 10 students are invited to take part in
mock interviews. This involves local business and school partners
interviewing students one-to-one as if they were being interviewed
for a real job. On the day, students come into school in business
dress to make the environment feel as real as possible.
Organisations involved include the army, Search Recruitment,
Manchester Airport and Siemens.
The school enterprise team is open to any budding entrepreneurs.
It gives students the chance to experience the full process of
setting up and running a business. The team often compete against
other local schools in competitions with all profits the business
makes going to charity.