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The Careers Team at IGS work extensively with all staff, parents and stakeholders and strive to equip our students, each on their own career journey, with the transferable skills to make them ‘future proof’.  As a school, we were very excited to be awarded the Quality in Careers Standard last December in recognition of this.

Jamie Gutch has recently taken up the post of Deputy Headteacher at IGS, having been on the leadership team since January 2015. He oversees Post-16 and Personal Development which encompasses Community liaison and Careers Education, Information and Guidance at a whole-school level. He enjoys having responsibility for Careers and considers it to be an essential aspect of school provision. Jamie is very conscious of the importance of high-quality careers education and advice so that our young people have the right support to make informed decisions about their Next Steps.

Jamie believes it is essential that careers is embedded at both a curricular and extra-curricular level and that students receive the most up to date information possible. He values the expertise of colleagues in the Careers Team, and the generosity of all our external partners who team up to deliver this ambitious programme.

Victoria Marshall is in her third year as an Associate Assistant Head Teacher with a focus on Technical Education and Practical Enrichment. After successfully launching an alternative provision at IGS, she is now taking on a new challenge supporting the embedding of careers into subject areas. Victoria was delighted to take responsibility for Careers Information Advice and Guidance, continuing to build on the Quality in Careers Standard with strategic planning, along with supporting the outstanding Careers Team to meet the statutory guidelines and Gatsby Benchmarks.  

As Curriculum Leader of Design and Technology, which contains several vocational and technical courses across all key stages, these subjects build skills and knowledge with future pathways and careers as a driving force for mapping. This role will allow Victoria to use her experiences gained, and leading the way using local Business Enterprise Partners, building opportunities for students to visit workplaces and invite external providers and guests to showcase their knowledge. This working partnership with employers really engages our learners and our aim is to filter this through to other subject areas, increasing the opportunities of the world of work available to them.

Karen Mitchell has worked at Ilkley Grammar School for over twenty years in various roles, bringing knowledge and experience to the Careers Team and is an ex-student herself. During this time, she has developed the Year 10 World of Work programme and introduced Careers Champions. She has extensive links with the local and wider communities and introduced Business Enterprise Partners, where she works closely with Stuart and the Careers Team.

The introduction of the Gatsby Benchmarks has provided a framework for our careers programme to fulfil the statutory duties, with Karen being appointed as Careers Leader. She is a Level 6 Careers Adviser, professionally trained to deliver Personal Guidance and bound by the Careers Development Institute Code of Ethics to deliver impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

Jo Mitchell has over twenty years’ experience working with young people in various capacities – teacher, ESOL & literacy tutor, vocational support worker and for the last five years as Work Experience Lead at Ilkley Grammar School. Jo has built up strong links with employers in Ilkley and the surrounding areas who generously support our students in exploring their career aspirations year after year.  Jo is NEBOSH trained and professionally qualified to undertake work placement risk assessments for our students.

Should you wish to discuss how a work-based opportunity could be offered by your business, please contact Jo on

Bev Gale is an administrator within the main office and for the Careers Team at IGS, an ‘outstanding’ comprehensive academy. She has worked at IGS for three years and finds every day brings a new challenge, especially now we have all adapted to new ways of working due to the recent pandemic. The teaching and associate staff all share a passion for ensuring our students reach their full potential where our overriding aim is for all students to enjoy an exceptional, inclusive learning experience, equipping them to achieve everything they are capable of from Year 7 right through to Post-16 and beyond. 

Bev finds work within the Careers Team is not only varied but interesting and rewarding. She assists with admin support for our dedicated team of career and educational specialists, to provide a number of opportunities for our students.

If you would like to explore how you could contribute to our careers programme, please contact Bev at

Melanie Kirkbride is the named school Governor for Careers, working in partnership with the Careers Team to implement the Careers Strategy and the World of Work programme. Last academic year Melanie gave a talk - “Stepping Up” - to the whole of Y12 and Y13 that was very well received by students and staff. She has also participated in mock interviews and is keen to contribute her professional skills and wide experience of life in support of the best outcomes in relation to careers choice and entry to the workplace.

Melanie has coached and mentored hundreds of professionals over a period of twenty years and is also a master Teacher of Meditation. Living and working in Sydney and New York, and now based in Ilkley, she co-founded “The Soft Road” in 2015 to inspire, educate, and guide people to live with greater happiness and ease.

Stuart Hyde is the Enterprise Adviser for Ilkley Grammar School, a voluntary role working closely with the Careers Team to support the new statutory Careers Guidance. Stuart completed a full career in the Police service in the UK with exemplary service, awarded the prestigious Queens Police Medal and presentation of an Honorary Doctorate for commitment to Cybercrime prevention and detection. He has served at every rank up to and including Chief Constable and is now a private consultant, Stuart Hyde Associates Ltd. He has a significant breadth and depth of experience from his extensive policing experience in a multitude of situations. Throughout his career he has worked with industry to reduce crime, disorder, and cyber offending with vast international experience. He has spent most of 2019/20 helping the Charity sector nationally, to develop much better working relationships and has been instrumental in the creation of The National Emergencies Trust.  Stuart lives and works in Ilkley and has been involved in many local ventures, currently Chair of the Business Improvement District for the town and Chair of the Clarke Foley Centre.

Catherine Crowther is a qualified, professional Careers Adviser who has worked as a self-employed, independent adviser for many years, both privately and in schools across the district. She has supported thousands of students as they make their next step into either Higher Education or employment.

As in previous years, she will be attending parents’ evenings at IGS in an independent capacity.

Ilkley Grammar School Careers Champions

We are very proud these staff have volunteered to represent their subject as the Careers Champion, linking with the Careers Team and Business Enterprise Partners to embed careers into curriculum areas across the whole school.

Our aim is to help students realise the connection between the school subjects they enjoy and the workplace, to better understand where subjects could lead in their future career pathway.



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