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We were recently awarded the Quality in Careers Standard - the single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.

At Brompton Hall School our Careers Programme aims to help students to make the right choice for their next steps, whether that is employment or further/higher education. The School seeks to deliver on the 2018 Department for Education Careers Strategy, so that:

  • all students understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
  • all students receive an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
  • all students get support tailored to their circumstances, with access to face-to-face advice;
  • all students get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.

We want all of our students to:

  • understand their options and different paths to work, to plan the steps they need to take, and to get from where they are to where they want to go;
  • be inspired about new opportunities they might not have known about (or that might not exist yet), or thought they could not achieve;
  • understand their own knowledge and skills and how they can be used in the workplace;
  • get, hold and progress in a job, whatever their age, ability or background;
  • increase the amount they earn across their working lives;
  • improve their well-being through doing a job they are good at and enjoy.

Click here to see our Careers Policy.

Click here to see our Careers Provider Access Policy (Baker Clause) statement.

You can contact the Head of Careers at

Meet the Team

Ian Cook - Head of Careers

Having completed my A-Levels aged 18 I realised that I did not know what I wanted to do with my future. Having stumbled across working with young people due to coaching rugby, aged 22, I realised that I wanted to work with young people, and make a difference to their lives. Upon reflection, I knew that careers provision was not acceptable at the school I attended.

Before joining Brompton Hall School, I have worked in secondary schools in York, Hull and Leeds. Whilst I worked in the Leeds school for nine years I held various roles. In addition to being Head of Key Stage 4, I was in charge of careers within the school. I worked tirelessly so that all the students had the best possible chance of being successful gaining entry onto the course or apprenticeships that they wanted to after Year 11.

I believe an extensive Careers programme aimed at raising aspirations of the students at Brompton Hall School is paramount to them being successful whilst at the school and in the future.

  Bev Dawson - Specialist Careers Adviser

From September 2022 we will have a new careers adviser, Bev Dawson.  More information to follow...

Paul Griffiths - STEM Ambassador and Enterprise Adviser

After being inspired by secondary school physics teacher and my father (an engineer) I decided to investigate becoming an engineer. When I finished school, I was lodging in Manchester after my parents had moved to Pickering so I had to find a job remotely. I was successful in obtaining and apprentice overhead linesman post which was subsequently changed to multi-skilled electrician. I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and realised that I had made the right decision. Working with older, highly skilled staff encouraged me to investigate other engineering opportunities and I moved to RAF Fylingdales as a maintenance electrician and was soon promoted to Professional & Technology Officer. I was transferred to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and took on many additional interesting roles – Energy Conservation Manager, Apprentice Master and Health & Safety Officer. I attended the Royal School of Military Engineering for an Electrical to Mechanical Conversion course to become a Mechanical and electrical engineer. I loved every minute of my working life!

I then moved to Scarborough to work for Dale Electric and then on to Yorkshire Water to broaden my experience. I then realised that I wanted to start my own engineering business – Danemead Technical Services in 1987. The company grew to £1.5M in 2 years and I found I needed computer software system to operate the equipment and started a Software company with a friend. This again was very successful and very satisfying. Both companies were later sold to an international company. I then commenced work as a freelance consultant working throughout the UK and Europe and was very happy in this role. I have now retired and undertake a lot of voluntary work with local organisations and schools. A fantastic and satisfying career which I could not have planned better!! I now hope to transfer my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to students to encourage them to work hard, be inquisitive and have ambition. They should not be frightened to take some risk and aim high.