The Barlow RC High School has been award the GOLD Inspiring IAG Award which recognises good practice in our CEIAG provision.


In the current economic climate it is important that you give yourself the best possible chance to find information about all the education and training you can access when you leave school. At The Barlow we ensure that all our students and their parents are provided with useful information and guidance to help with those important career choices.

Careers Resources

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 which gives you the chance to discover the careers that suit you by taking an online questionnaire.

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.

College open day calendar 2016-17 

College Information 2016-17

Careers Advice 

Other LogoOur futures

Careers Partnership with Our Futures:   

Jackie Dawson

Jacquie Dawson, Careers Advisor is available on the following days:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday's in the LRC.

You can contact Jacquie with any queries on:

Over the course of this year you will be making some big decisions about your future.  "Our Futures" provides a careers service to the school.  During the year you will take part in a one to one career guidance interview in school with our careers advisor Jacquie Dawson. To help you to prepare for your interview the following websites are useful: and


Useful Websites - a directory of college courses in Greater Manchester - general careers information along with CV and job hunting tips
- apprenticeship vacancies (updated regularly)
- apprenticeship and training opportunities
- information on university courses
- lots of information about higher education
- careers information on jobs in Science and MathsCareers Education & Guidance Policy - read about the advantages of A-Levels - careers advice - creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics - MIDAS Invest in Manchester                                                   - Manchester New Economy                                                                               Creative Industries Information                                                                           - Creative Industries Information                                                                                       - Health Careers Information                                                        - Health Careers Information                                                     - Information on Science and Engineering Careers                                        - Information on Science and Engineering Careers                                    - Education Careers  Information                                                                       - Education Careers Information                                                                                                                 - Overview of the Legal Profession - Finance Careers - Digital/Media/Business Apprenticeship - Energy Industry Apprenticeship Information - Legal Career Apprenticeship Information - Accountancy Apprenticeship Information - National Apprenticeship Service - Information on Careers - Information on careers in Law



Mock Interviews

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.

Enterprise Team

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.

Raising the Participation Age

The Education and Skills Act 2008 set out that from 2015 all 16 and 17 year-olds will be required to participate in education or training. It is Government policy that by 2013, all young people will be expected to stay in some form of learning until they are 17. This will increase to age 18 by 2015. It means that those in Year 11 in 2013 will remain in learning until they are 17 years old; and those leaving Year 11 from 2014 will remain in learning until they are 18.

Students will be able to choose from the following options:

  • Full-time education, such as school sixth form or FE college
  • Work-based learning, for example as an apprentice
  • Part-time education or training, if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week


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