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Meet the Careers Team

We are living in a digital revolution providing a constantly evolving workplace. The Careers Team work extensively with all staff, parents and stakeholders striving to equip our students beginning their respective career journey with the skills to make informed pathway decisions and to be more ‘future proof’. 

As a school, we were very proud to hold the Quality in Careers Standard.

Jamie Gutch is Deputy Headteacher, 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 relies on the expertise of colleagues in the Careers Team, and on the generosity of all our external partners to deliver this ambitious programme.

Victoria Marshall is in her fourth year as an Associate Assistant Head Teacher with a focus of Technical Education and Practical Enrichment. After successfully launching an alternative provision at IGS, she is now supporting the embedding of careers into subject areas across the curriculum. 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 lead 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, introduced Careers Ambassadors, alongside extensive links in the local and wider communities and introduced Business Enterprise Partners, where she works closely with Stuart Hyde, the Careers Governor and provides the link with the whole 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 for this. Karen is our Careers Adviser, holding a level 6 professional qualification to deliver Personal Guidance and is 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 six 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 risk assessments for student work placements.

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

Fiona Quinlan is our administrator and new team member to IGS, based in C10. She finds every day brings a new challenge and ways of working within the Careers Team, which is not only varied but interesting and rewarding. Fiona organises one to one student career advice appointments and provides admin support for our dedicated team of specialists. Students can call into C10 or request an appointment with our career adviser using the email below.

We are always looking for new ways to develop and strengthen our careers programme, if you would like to explore how you could get involved, please contact Fiona at

We are currently waiting to appoint a new Careers Governor starting this 2021-22 academic year, details to follow.

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 the last two years 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, former Chair of the Business Improvement District for Ilkley 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 Ambassador, 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.



Art & Photography

Paul Clarke




Anna McGuire


Lara Ramrattan


David Johnston


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Jacob Mills

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Modern Foreign Languages

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Vicky Marshall/Rachel Eyles