Coleshill scoops award for careers work

The Coleshill School, part of the ATLP, has been recognised for its outstanding careers work. The popular academy has achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard by awarding body, Prospects. The accolade is given to schools and education providers that can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.

The Coleshill School is continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all its students. It started working towards achieving the standard in a drive to prepare and support young people for their future careers.

More than 1,100 schools and colleges are already voluntarily working towards or have achieved the national standard for careers.  There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Achieving the Standard shows the headteacher, governors and leadership team at the Coleshill School embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and acknowledge the part it plays in the overall success of the academy and its students. The Coleshill School offers a range of activities to introduce students to the world of work and help them make decisions about life after school, including a one-week work experience placement, practice interviews with outside companies, while all year groups recently attended a careers fair at the school.

Ian Smith-Childs, headteacher, said:

We’re thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects.  At the Coleshill School we recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success.  This award has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.”