Careers information and guidance

Progress Education Careers Website

Click here to visit the Holmfirth High School area of the the Progress Education website.

School Careers Staff

School Careers Leaders

Jon Battye & Davinia Antich

Tel: 01484 691460



Careers SLT Link

Victoria Smith & Ryan Blezard

Careers Support Structure

School Careers Advisers

Emma Robinson & Helen Blakeman

Careers Inc Careers Advisers


School governor overseeing careers

Andrew Waldron

Sharon Le Goff

Enterprise Coordinator

The Enterprise Coordinator (EC) will sit at the heart of a local cluster system to help schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities and to engage with the world of work.

Working closely with the Skills Lead, the EC will ensure the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is embedded into the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) skills strategy and make it easier for employers and the self-employed to engage with schools and colleges. Through establishing the local and national contexts the EC will focus everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people.

Richard Paxman

Enterprise Adviser

Supported by an Enterprise Coordinator(EC), the Enterprise Adviser(EA) will work closely with the senior leadership team of a specific school or college to:

• Support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement

• Provide access to their local business networks

• Help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people

Careers Program:

Parents & Carers

At Holmfirth High School, we work closely with parents and carers to support their children to make informed career choices. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend the careers events and parents evenings.  Using our website, newsletters we promote events to parents and Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the Careers Coordinator, Davinia Antich (01484 691460) to seek advice and ask any questions they might have regarding careers pathways.

How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils

The school uses the below method to track it’s effectiveness of its careers services:-
  1. Post 16 Destination data of its students
  2. Tracking of pupils involvement in careers events both in and out of school in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.
  3. Tracking of staff training in careers education in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.
  4. Monitoring of T&L in departments and it’s links to careers.
  5. Self evaluation through the schools development plan
  6. Department evaluation and audit through department careers leaders.

Next Review:- July 2021

Making Good progress certificate


Our latest review was completed on 13th July 2020.

Work Experience

Work Experience is always important, especially now in our current economic climate.  Therefore, gaining more work related experience is likely to give you an advantage in the labour market by the time students leave full-time education.

It is a placement with an employer for a period of one week in year 10, where students will learn about a particular job and life in a work place. While students are working there they will be able to find out about the types of skills employers look for when they are contracting someone for a vacant job.

This opportunity also gives you the chance to develop communication skills and self confidence.

It is always rewarding to hear of success stories from employers.  In particular some of our employers have had such good experiences with students they offer them part-time jobs which may lead to full-time employment.

Apart from work experience, it is also possible to do some voluntary work if you join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in Year 10.

Work Experience

Click here for more information about Work Experience at Holmfirth High School.

Post 16 options

Raising of the participation age. All students who are now in Year 11 will need to stay in some form of learning up until their 18th birthday.

What are the options after year 11?


Sixth form

A year 12 and 13 attached to a school. Students can apply to a sixth form even if they haven’t attended the school previously. In Huddersfield the schools with sixth forms are Creative and Media Studio School and Shelley College

Sixth form College

A college aimed at young people between the ages of 16 – 19. In Huddersfield there is Greenhead College and Huddersfield New College

Further education College

An establishment of post 16 education aimed at all ages, in Huddersfield there is Kirklees College


An employed job with training which leads to nationally recognised training. Local vacancies can be found on  and

Part time study

Studying part time whilst working or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week


A programme of work experience of up to 6 months which includes working towards nationally recognised

Year 11 Destinations

Information on where Year 11 leavers from individual secondary schools have progressed onto. The overall Kirklees information can also be viewed here.

Finding Apprenticeships

The website to the right will direct you to the national apprenticeship vacancy service where you can search and apply for both local and national apprenticeship vacancies

​​​​​​​The website to the right will allow you to view local apprenticeships across Calderdale and Kirklees