Queen Elizabeth School

QES Careers

Welcome to QES Careers.

At QES we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 13 have high quality impartial careers advice on a range of opportunities, and that they progress onto appropriate courses or employment when students leave school.

We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent advice and guidance about the range of options that are most likely to help them to achieve their goals. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and help them to achieve.

QES are also extremely fortunate to have the support from many local businesses. This support is engrained into the careers programme offered to students and we encourage all students, where possible, to engage and utilise our strong support partnerships with local employers.

Further information for parents can be requested via email from the Careers Team at careers@qes.org.uk

Key Documents

LLT Careers Strategy 2020-2025

The purpose of the Careers Strategy is to outline the provision and direction of careers education, information, advice and guidance in the Lunesdale Learning Trust, which incorporates QES and QEStudio.

Provider Access Policy

This policy statement sets out the Lunesdale Learning Trust’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at QES & QEStudio for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.

Careers Programme

QES careers programme is a dynamic document which changes as new opportunities arise to provide our students with the best possible career’s information and advice. We may add or alter the programme as the academic year develops, but our aims for each year group remain the same.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to adapt our programme to a virtual format and details of the changes made can be found in the programme document.


We aim to provide a quality careers guidance programme that can be reflected in higher numbers of our students progressing to ‘positive and sustained’ destinations. We are committed to setting students on a path that will secure them the best outcome.

Please see document below for further details and information about destinations of Year 11 and Year 13 students.

LLT Careers - CDI Career Development Framework

Please see the document below for details of how the LLT Careers Programme relates to the CDI Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education Framework’s 17 areas of learning.


We host a range of regular events across the year at QES, from Further and Higher Education Fairs, Apprenticeship Evening to ‘Working Lunches’ and Mock Interviews, the aim is to expose students to a diverse range of careers focused people from different backgrounds, business and organisations.

Our 2021 events will be held in a virtual format due to restrictions in place following the Covid19 pandemic, however, as soon as safe we will have a series of events available to students.

Events Include:

Apprenticeship Evening
This event is ideal for those who are soon to leave school or would like to learn more about apprenticeships and how they work. There will be the chance to meet local employers who will be taking on Apprentices and local apprenticeship providers.


Higher & Further Education Fair
This aims to give QES students a better idea of their options at further and higher education level. Students can find out about specific universities, colleges and courses that they have to offer.

Mock Interviews
QES provide students with an opportunity to practice for a situation which many will have never been in before. During the session, employers ask a range of interview questions, provide feedback on how the student performed and offer advice on how to improve their technique.

Work Ready Day
Held in the summer term for year 10 students, this event aims to provide QES students with a series of workshops from finance, social media, discrimination, team building and much more.

Study Abroad Road Show
The Roadshow hosts representatives from a large number of universities and colleges. These representatives are ready to provide students with in-depth information about their programs, degrees, and admission conditions. They also answer all your questions about studying at their universities, application, tuition fees, scholarships, etc.

Enterprise Events
Whether students want to develop your own start-up or make a real difference from within an existing organisation, enterprise skills are essential to working life and highly valued by employers. QES support all students in developing their enterprising and entrepreneurial skills.

Working Lunches
QES students will be given the opportunity to meet with a range of organisations during lunch break to find out what opportunities they have to offer and learn more about different job roles.

UCAS Express
QES 6th Form provide a ‘UCAS Express’ in October of Year 12 for those keen to get started on university applications.

Young Linkedin Champions
As a Young LinkedIn Champion, students will contribute to devising resources to share your knowledge with other students. Students will work with the LLT Careers Coordinator Along with the other LinkedIn Champions to deliver sessions to other students.

Careers Competitions
Links and opportunities provided throughout the year with a range of organisations and careers support services.

Year 7 Working with Parents Day
Supporting QES students with the next step in preparing for the world of work. Gives an experience of a full day observing a ‘real’ work place.

User activity is driven through schools and colleges as they embed Start as part of their careers provision. Students, as the key beneficiaries, between the ages of 11-18 are the significant user group on Start.

National Careers Week
1st – 6th March 2021 – more information to follow Careers Ambassadors Starting 2021 – more information to follow

Careers Talks & Assemblies
A range of careers-based information and advice is offered to students in the form of assemblies and careers talks in lessons.

Advice & Guidance

At QES we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7–13.

CEIAG is an essential part of the support we offer to students at QES. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions.

Please see links below for further advice & guidance

Work Experience

All Year 10 students complete one weeks of work experience to develop insight into the day-to-day role of an employee in an organisation, building on skills learned in the classroom, during work ready day and seeing the application of those skills in real life situations.

Information for parents to support students through the Work Experience process can be found in the Parent Information Document.