Tottington High School

Post-16 & Careers Provision

Connexions Young People’s Helpline

We understand that you will be uncertain about your exams and worried about your next step but Connexions is still here to help and support you, even though we are working in a different way.

Our helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm for young people aged 14-18yrs (25yrs for those with special educational needs).

Our friendly team of advisers can offer you information, advice and guidance, not just about careers, but any questions about other matters like finance, college applications or just to talk to someone about your situation and how to cope.

If we can’t answer your question, we will put you in touch with the right people who can give you the support you need.

How to contact us:
Young People’s Helpline: 0161 253 7733 Email:

If the line is busy, please leave your name, telephone number and a message and someone will get back to you.
We are here to help and just listen if you want to talk.

Keep safe
Connexions Bury

Connexions support during coronavirus outbreak

I am writing to let you know that the 14-19 Team and Connexions are working together to help and offer practical support to Year 11 pupils during this difficult time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Understandably, Year 11 pupils and their parents will be worried about their GCSEs and their progression, and we would like to offer our support to any Year 11 pupils. We have a young-person’s help line which will be open from 10.00 – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. The number is 0161 253 7733.

There will be someone for them to talk to them, offer support and try to answer any queries or anxieties they have. If they need specialist support they will be signposted to the right organisation. We will help in any way we can. We appreciate that it’s difficult for some young people to share their worries with family, especially if the family has other pressures. Similarly parents/carers can telephone too.

Kind regards

Connexions Bury

Careers education and guidance at Tottington High School serves to prepare students for their future education, training and employment. The quality of our careers provision is recognised by the Inspiring IAG award. We currently hold the Gold standard and this reflects our commitment to high quality careers provision for all of our students.

Tottington High School careers provision aims to:

  • To enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment through investigating opportunities available to them at a local, national and international level.
  • To support students in developing and implementing action plans so that they can take ownership of their own future at and beyond Key Stage 4.
  • To provide opportunities to develop enterprise and employment skills.
  • To promote equality of opportunity, challenge stereotyping and support inclusion.
  • To help students develop an understanding of themselves and others.

The careers provision is composed of the following careers elements:

  • Careers advice: We work with a company called Realistic Choices to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to students. During their school career all students will receive an individual interview and all students have the opportunity to book additional interviews. Group sessions on different aspects of further study (e.g. post 16 pathways – what apprenticeships are and how to apply) and careers (e.g. job sector requirements – what subjects and experience are needed to become a dentist) are also provided.
  • Curriculum focuses: Careers knowledge, skills and experiences are developed in lessons. Topics and individual lessons within subjects focus on different aspects of careers. E.g. managing finances in business, employment sectors in geography, persuasive writing in English.
  • Careers, Well-Being and Life Skills programme (CWL): Students participate in focussed sessions and immersion days on different aspects of PSHCE, citizenship and careers. These sessions and days are tailored to meet the needs of specific year groups (e.g. college applications for year 11, enterprise skills for year 9).
  • Careers events: We provide opportunities for students in every year group to develop their careers knowledge, skills, expertise and experiences. These career events take a variety of forms, ranging from taster days at college to designated options weeks in school when year 9 are making GCSE choices.
  • Careers links: We work closely with local education and training providers to ensure that students and parents are aware of the different pathways available to them e.g. A-levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, technical qualifications (education and training providers – please see below for school contacts/access).

Our careers provision is constantly developing to ensure that students are motivated and prepared to successfully navigate the next stage of their lives. To ensure that the careers provision is engaging, comprehensive and effective we are working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation using national and international research. They provide guidance for ensuring excellent careers provision in school and all schools are required to meet these benchmarks by 2020.

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme
  • Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
  • Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student
  • Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees
  • Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
  • Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
  • Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

*For further information use the useful links below or contact school

Useful Links:

Introducing our Careers Manager : MR Kevin Welch

I am extremely passionate about supporting and helping people to make informed realistic choices about their future plans. Choosing a career is not an easy thing to do. I feel that people can be supported through the careers guidance process to enable them to have an understanding of how their aptitude, skills and qualifications link to their hopes and ambitions.

I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance in 2003 and began working as a Personal Adviser for the Connexions Service in Bury. I supported young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty five who had a wide variety of different needs. My role progressed to Team Manager which gave me further insight into the careers service wherein I worked closely with various agencies, supported staff and planned and worked on several projects linked to young people.

The variety within my careers work has allowed me to develop a wealth of experience working with young people and adults. I have completed this work in a range of different settings including secondary schools, youth centres, colleges, training providers and SEND provision. 

I now manage Realistic Choices which delivers support, advice and guidance to students in the Bury area. My work in schools has included one to one careers guidance, group work, careers events and option choice support.

Kevin Welch  B.A  PG.D.C.G
Registered Careers Manager
Realistic Choices

Attainment 8 Score

Ebacc Average Point Score


4 or above in English & Maths


5 or above in English & Maths

Get In Touch

Location: Laurel Street, Tottington, Bury. BL8 3HP.

Telephone: 01204 882 327


School Hours: M-F: 8.30am - 3.00pm

Privacy Policy (Excerpt)

Tottington High School collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Tottington High School is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is The Lodge Wolstanton High, Milehouse Lane, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, ST5 9JU. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy:

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