Samuel Laycock School
Broadoak Road
Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8RF


Helen Wilson
Telephone – 0161 344 1992

Welfare Line (school hours only)
07984 575 452


 General School Email: adminslk@newbridgegroup.org 

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Employers & Alumni

The government’s careers strategy, has at its heart four themes, the first of which is ensuring a ‘high-quality careers programme’ in all schools and colleges. This is to be achieved via the eight Gatsby benchmarks, each of which relate to an area of school activity, and define excellence in that area:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

The first six benchmarks can, in some way, be achieved by input by employers and businesses. Other parts of the strategy include making employers an integral part of the guidance strategy, ensuring people can benefit from tailored support (i.e. individual careers guidance and mentoring, for example, by an employer) and making the most of labour market information. You can see from above that employers will play a huge part in schools achieving the eight benchmarks and sustaining a world class careers programme.


How can employers get involved?

Please contact Kimberley Pixton at kimberley.pixton@newbridgegroup.org  for further information on how you and your business can link to Samuel Laycock.

Below are some of these activities and experiences that employers could offer:

At school:

assemblies and talks

careers ‘speed dating’ events

small group focus sessions/mentoring

practice interviews

projects and challenges in related subjects

In the work place:

work place safaris and visits (site tours)

talks from employees about world of work and career pathways

team building exercises and workrelated challenges


Who do Samuel Laycock currently partner with?

Royal Exchange Theatre

Oldham Coliseum


Bella Italia

Uniformed Services

AMEY construction firm

Department for Work & Pensions

Gregg Smith – TV Camera Man

National Youth Theatre

Anne Frank Trust

Palace Theatre

Royal Exchange theatre

Hope Mill Theatre

Lung Theatre company

Ashton Fencing Club

Manchester Top Team MMA

Sale Sharks

Active Tameside

Collyhurst & Moston Boxing Club

Salford Water Sports Centre

Sharp Digital

Tameside College Bakery

Simon Dunne Chocolatier

Debdale Community Allotment

RHS Bridgewater Gardens

Stamford Care Home


National Trust 


How can past pupils join the Alumni?

To complement our programme of employer engagement encounters, we also invite ex-pupils back to Samuel Laycock to talk about their careers. We would love to hold on to our links to past pupils.

Please contact kimberley.pixton@newbridgegroup.org. As a start please tell us what year you left, your next step after year 11 and what your current job is.