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Department Staff

Mrs M Lively (Acting Careers Co-Ordinator)

Mrs F Hartigan

Mrs M McGinley

Mr N Donnelly

Subject Information

St Patrick’s College CEIAG programme is a key element in the curriculum provision across all Key Stages. It is designed to equip our pupils with the skills and experience to make sound career choices and to progress to third level education or to the world of work.

Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance are further enhanced by the involvement of employers and the business community. St Patrick’s College has strong links with local businesses and we are fortunate that many are willing to take pupils on Work Experience. Industrial visits and initiatives organised through Science, Technology, Education and Maths (STEM) have enabled our pupils to be supported in a wide range of learning.

As a member of the Banbridge learning Community, St Patrick’s is able to avail of collaborative learning within the school community and also the Southern Regional College. This has enabled firm foundations to be built for pathways into post-16 study so our pupils can avail of opportunities in the Banbridge and Newry area.

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage Three, the programme is initially delivered through Learning for Life and Work. In addition, a discrete time is allocated at the key transition point of Year 10, when subject choices are made. Relevant up to date and impartial careers information and guidance is provided by our Careers and Guidance teacher with the support of the Careers Advisory Service. (see sheet for outline of programme)

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

At Key Stage Four, our Careers and Guidance programme is delivered in line with the DELNI Document ‘Preparing for Success”.  The programme aims to provide our pupils with sound and up to date information towards Career pathways. A range of work related activities complements the work carried out within the College.  (see sheet for outline of programme)

Key Stage 5 (GCE/A-Level)

At Key Stage Five, all students have a timetable period of Careers Education each week.  Students attend a range of presentations and information sessions delivered by Higher Education Institutions, Organisations that offer HLAs, Student Finance and a Volunteering Bureau.  In Year 13 students engage in a relevant work placement in order to further develop their skills and qualities.  Students in Year 14 are fully supported during the UCAS application process and other application processes they have decided to complete.  Additionally, advice and guidance is provided to support students preparing for interviews as part of the application process.  All students are encouraged to discuss career plans with all members of the careers department. (see sheet for outline of programme)


Young Enterprise Workshops

Guest Speakers – PWC, Deloitte, BT, Kainos, Sentinus, SRC, CAfre, People First, STEM Ambassadors.

Useful Links

Careers Service NI

PWC Employability Hub




21st Century Girls

In response to the growing landscape of safeguarding and the impact of the digital world on modern society, we have signed up to Safer Schools NI: the home of online safeguarding for school communities in Northern Ireland. For more information, click here. To sign up to our school Safer Schools NI Parent/Careers app, parents/guardians are encouraged to check their SIMs Parent App and/or email inbox for registration steps.

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