Department Staff

Mrs Su Mortley – Head of Department


It is part of the vision and mission of The Maplesden Noakes School that all learners receive careers education, information, advice and guidance that will enable them to choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and, to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

As students move through the school they will participate in:

  • Careers lessons
  • Focus days which include careers related activities
  • Careers related assemblies
  • Careers Taster day in Year 8
  • Post 16 Options day in Year 10
  • Work Shadowing day in Year 10
  • Invitation to a taster day at university in Years 7 to 10
  • Two day Employability Skills event in Year 11
  • Invitation to Kent Choices Live Careers Fair for Years 11 and 13
  • Business Challenge in Year 12
  • Higher Education Convention in Year 12
  • UCAS and Post 18 Options days in Year 13
  • Access to individual careers guidance interviews

Maplesden has a full time Careers and Higher Education Officer, Mrs Su Mortley and a Careers Office and library opposite Reception. Students can drop in to see Mrs Mortley with any careers questions during any break or lunchtime, and she can also be contacted by e-mail using the link above or called on her direct telephone number: 01622 656278.

In July 2014 Maplesden Noakes achieved the prestigious ‘Investor in Careers’ award – a national quality standard for careers excellence in schools.   Visit the website

To read the Student Entitlement Statements for careers education, information, advice and guidance which give more information, click here.

The full Careers Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website.

Useful websites and links – Maplesden Noakes now has its own student Careers Website. – Take the buzz test on to find out your personality animal type and the career areas that would suit you. Are you a dolphin or a teddy bear!? – Kudos matches careers to your likes and dislikes and provides a list of recommended career suggestions for you to research. You should contact Su Mortley at the school to obtain the necessary licence code to use this. – Want to find out about apprenticeships?  Use the apprenticeship website to register for vacancies and look up information. – The National Careers Service website sets out job profiles and groups jobs by type and is useful to find out what the job is like and the qualifications you need. – Here you will find information about Sixth Form and College courses in Kent, all important when researching your options in Year 11.  You will also use this website to make your applications online, track their progress and accept offers.