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Quality in Careers Gold Standard

The Coleshill School Achieves National  Gold Award for Careers Work

The Coleshill School has been recognised for its outstanding careers work.  The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard Gold award by Prospects.  The national Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who meet the 8 Gatsby bench marks and who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.  Michele Squires from Prospects commented: “For a school to achieve the gold level shows complete commitment in its careers provision.  Eileen Bishop and the careers team have gone above and beyond to ensure that the students are receiving the highest quality of careers guidance and experiences”.

The Coleshill School is continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all their students.  Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard in 2018

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 7 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the head teacher, governors and leadership team at The Coleshill School embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise the part it plays in the overall success of the school 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 in and all year groups recently attended a careers fair at the school.

Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented:- “We are thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard Gold level 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.”