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Park High School

Park High School

Not everyone is sure what their options are after Year 11.  At Park High School all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning and preparing for their futures.
Careers education is delivered through our personal, social, health and citizenship education programme (PSHCEe).  In addition our careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme is progressive from Year 7 to Year 13 and incorporates the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance.

Mrs Foster, our full time careers and employability coordinator, and Olivia Fiszzon, level 7 qualified, external careers adviser, provide exceptional support to students, parents and carers. 

The Careers & Employability room is based in the Park Block, which has an extensive resource library available to students and their parents/carers. Parents/Carers and students can consult our specialist careers staff at any time currently via email or telephone. 

Mrs Donna Foster

Careers & Employability Coordinator & Careers Lead


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Park High School is very proud to have been awarded the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard, accredited by Investor in Careers since December 2018, in recognition of our outstanding CEIAG - Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance provision.

Find out more:

What are your options

You must stay in learning until you are 18. There are three main options after Year 11:

  • Full-time education​
  • Apprenticeships or Traineeships​
  • Part-time training with a job, self-employment or voluntary work​

You ​will need to decide which option is best for ​you.

Full time Education

A Levels, BTEC, T Levels and NVQS, are academic or job-related courses to suit ALL ability levels.

You can study at a Sixth Form, College, University Technical College or a Training provider. 

Make sure you research the courses available to find out what best suits you and the career you want. Make sure you attend open days​ to find out more about the institution and the courses they offer​, see what support and guidance is available, check their entry requirements and application deadlines.

Full-time education may be a good option if you are planning to go to university, enjoy studying or want to study further before getting a job or an apprenticeship​.

Apprenticeships & Traineeships​

An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They're available at all academic levels - whether you are leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy - plus a host of careers you'd never think of. Entry requirements for Apprenticeships vary but generally:

Level 3 apprenticeship ​(Advanced Apprenticeship) = to 2 A levels​ and 4 / 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English and maths)​

Level 2 apprenticeships​ (intermediate apprenticeship) = 5 GCSEs​, some 4s at GCSE

Apprenticeships may be a good option for you if you want to start work, earn money and gain valuable skills and get a job related qualification. 

Traineeships might be a good option for you if you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship. Traineeships are unpaid but can help you get the knowledge, skills and experience to get you on to an apprenticeship. They are usually between 3 and 6 months long and include help with English and maths​.


Jobs with training

You can work or volunteer full-time after Year 11​ but you must also study or train at the same time. This means that you must study/train for a minimum of 280 tutor led learning hours a year. This may be ​1 day a week over a year, ​or ​through evening or distance learning​.

​How to decide

Deciding on where and how you progress to the next stage of education can be a difficult decision to make. Consider the following:

  • Subjects you enjoy and what are your subject strengths.
  • Your expected grades​ and what your teachers think you will achieve.
  • Do you prefer to learn through studying for exams​, coursework or practical work?
  • What are your career ideas/goals and research those careers and the pathways into those careers.
  • What you like doing in your spare time and what you do not like doing.
  • Keep your options open, research all your potential pathways.
  • Try not let anyone influence your decision. It should be yours and yours alone.

Take a look at our student resources page, there is a wealth of information regarding subject related careers and links to more information.

If you are still unsure please visit the Careers & Employability room in the Park block or email Mrs Foster

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Open Days 

Park High Sixth Form - 12th November 

8th October External students Sixth Form Open Evening

12th November Internal students Sixth Form Open Evening

Barnet Southgate College - 4th, 7th & 11th November





Capel Manor College - 10th October

Virtual Open Day

Sat 10 October 2020

Further to our Virtual Open Day, you can now discover all our environmental courses on demand.

Watch here

City and Islington College - 7th, 14th & 21st November

Virtual Q&A Replay

If you missed our Virtual Q&A with staff watch the stream below

Sixth Form College (A Levels) and Courses at our Centre for Applied Sciences in Angel

Health & Social Care, Business, Creative and Computing Courses

Open Days 2020/2021

If you’re looking to study with us in September 2021, save the date for our next open day – more information will be coming soon.

  • Sixth Form College and Centre for Applied Sciences, Angel – 7 November 2020
  • Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Camden Road – 14 November 2020
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning, Finsbury Park – 21 November 2020

City of Westminster College 

We will be holding a Virtual Open Day soon. Find out more about our facilities and the subjects you are interested in, online and via our virtual webinars.  

Our Virtual Open Day information will allow you to access:

  • A video from our Vice Principal, James Wilson giving an informative talk about City of Westminster College 
  • Links to all of our subject areas
  • Information about our facilities 
  • Online application links
  • Information on financial support, careers advice, additional learning support and more

CWC Intro

College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London - 7th November

At The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London we have helped thousands of students to achieve their ambitions. Find out how you can join them and get the skills you need for your future, whether you’re planning to go to university or employment, at one of our open days! You can even have an interview and receive an offer for your course, all on the same day.


  • Meet our teachers
  • Find out more about our courses
  • Take part in activities and demonstrations
  • Find out about student life at CONEL
  • Get information about the support we offer
  • Find out about the best routes for your dream career
  • Apply and get an offer on a course while you wait

If you have any questions please contact the college’s marketing team at

Can’t make an open day but want to see our facilities? Take a look at our fantastic centres with our VR-enabled 360° tours – virtually visit our Tottenham Centre and Enfield Centre online now!


If you’re looking to study with us in September 2021, save the date for our next open days or take a look at our previous Q&A sessions on our YouTube channel – if you have any questions, please get in touch with us by using our live chat.

Virtual Q&A Enfield Centre

Saturday 7 November 2020, Time TBA

Virtual Q&A Tottenham Centre

Saturday 7 November 2020, Time TBA

Find out about courses and apprenticeships at our Tottenham and Enfield Centres. All our courses are FREE to 16-18s and up to Level 2 for adults.

  • Accounting and Business
  • Construction
  • Creative and Media
  • Engineering
  • English and Maths
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Health, Social Care and Early Years
  • ICT and Computing
  • Music
  • Public Services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Supported Learning
  • Teacher Education
  • Travel and Tourism


College of North West London 

The College of North West London is a vibrant Further Education college with campuses located in Willesden and Wembley Park, in the London Borough of Brent. We also run a Construction Skills Centre in the heart of the King's Cross area. The College specialises in technical and professional courses focused on delivering the skills and qualifications necessary to help our students develop a career, get an apprenticeship or progress to university. We are part of the United Colleges Group.

Virtual tour

Virtual Open days

Prospective students are required to register to attend a Virtual Open Day so that we can securely send you the links to the virtual classrooms.

Harrow College Virtual Open Days 

Subject Area 

Session Recording

Art & Design and Architecture. 

Business Studies 

Computing & IT 

Construction, Plumbing & Electrical Instillation  



Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy 

Health & Social Care and Childcare 


Media & Film Studies 


Sport Science  

HCUC Apprenticeship Open Day 2nd December 

Join us online @ our #Apprenticeship Open Day, 2 December, 6-7pm.

HCUC Apprenticeship & Skills  - Apprenticeships and Employer Services from Harrow College and Uxbridge College.

We are the largest College apprenticeship provider in west London and one of the THE HIGHEST RANKED COLLEGE IN LONDON for 16-18 year old achievement* in London.

London Design & Engineering UTC - 24th November

Virtual open evenings taking place and to join one of our LIVE events with TV personality and Tech Guru Jason Bradbury, they should click on the link below to book a place.


Below is a link to a short clip about LDE .


The virtual tour of LDE and our incredible facilities.

Stanmore College 

Stanmore College is set in a suburban residential district of northwest London in the London Borough of Harrow. It has excellent transport links as you will see below and a lot of eateries and shops to choose from on the main high street.

The College is a lively and friendly place, with a great atmosphere and exciting opportunities!

It offers a wide range of full-time  coursescourses for students who have done their GCSEs and a range of progression opportunities including apprenticeships and higher level education for adults. Ofsted says learners benefit from very good care and guidance.

See the recordings of the previous live virtual Open Events.

UTC Heathrow

UTC Heathrow Virtual Open Event

As we were unable to hold our Open Day at Potter Street due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we hosted our first virtual open day on Wednesday 1 July using the Zoom video platform instead.

Click on the video below to watch it back!

Uxbridge College Virtual Open Day sessions 

Subject Area 

Session Recording  

Art, Design, Fashion & Graphics 

Media, Video Production & Journalism 

Performing Arts - Music, Drama & Dance 

Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Specialist Make Up 

A Levels, Sixth Form & Science 

Childcare and Health & Social Care 

Professional Cookery 

Public Services 


Travel & Tourism 


Computing & Games Development 


Building Services, Plumbing & Electrical Installation & Motor Vehicle Maintenance 


ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) 

Teacher Training 

Higher Education & West London Institute of Technology Courses 

West Herts College - 7th & 14th November

This year our open events will be available on campus and online.

However you visit us, you'll be sure to find out more about your options after your GCSEs. Make sure to check back closer to the time for all the information you need on how to attend our events.

We'll be asking visitors to book in advance to ensure everyone can attend safely. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for all the details.

Hemel Hempstead Autumn Open Day

Date:07 November 2020

Location:Hemel Hempstead campus

Time:9:30am-1:30pm [details TBC]

Watford Autumn Open Day

Date:14 November 2020

Location:Watford campus

Time:9:30am-2:30pm [TBC]

What can you study at Hemel Hempstead? What can you study at Watford?

Access to Higher Education

Applied Science



Civil Engineering

Childcare and Education


Construction Management

Construction Skills

Digital Content Production

Digital Gaming


Electrical Installation

Forensic Science

Health and Social Care

Healthcare Science

Motor Vehicle


Travel and Tourism

Trowel Trades











Art and Design

Applied Science

Beauty Therapy


Business with Applied Law



Digital Content Production

Digital Gaming

Digital Illustration and Animation

Education and Early Years


Fine Art

Football Programme

Forensic Science

Graphic and 3D Design


Health and Social Care

Hospitality and Events Management

Media and Journalism

Musical Theatre

Music Practice and Music Production

Performing Arts

Production Arts

Professional Cookery



Public Services


Travel and Tourism

Westminster Kingsway College - 21st October 

At Westminster Kingsway College we have helped thousands of students to succeed and it can all begin here for you too – tune into one of our online, virtual open events to find out more!


  • Hear from our students and teachers
  • Find out more about our courses
  • Find out about student life at WestKing
  • Get information about the support we offer

If you have any questions please contact the college’s marketing team at

Check out our facilities now… take a look at our fantastic centres with our VR-enabled 360° tours – virtually visit our King’s Cross Centre and Victoria Centre online now!

If you’re looking to study with us in September 2021, book your space for our next virtual open day – introducing you to our centres and the courses you can study with us.

We will be running COVID-secure centre tours later in the year and in 2021 so that you can see our outstanding facilities for yourself – more information coming soon.

Virtual Open Day – Wednesday 21 October 2020, 4-6pm

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Phone:020 8952 2803

Map of Park High School Location
  • SSAT Leading Edge
  •  Variety of teaching approaches
  • Teacher Development Trust
  • Arts Council
  • The Quality in Careers Standard
  • Healthy School
  • Stonewall
  • CSW
  • Ofsted
  • 4Stars