Investing in careers at Kings' School in Winchester
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Kings' School is on its way to national accreditation for its careers education, with support from the Hampshire Careers and Employability Service (HCES) at Hampshire County Council.
The school has achieved Stage One of the 'Investor in Careers' award and at a recent careers showcase event held at the school, Gill Spratt from the County Council presented the Chair of Governors, Susan Metcalfe, with the Stage One certificate. With continued support from HCES, Kings' School is now working towards securing the next two stages to achieve full accreditation for the careers education, information, advice and guidance it provides its pupils.
The Department for Education encourages all schools to gain a recognised quality award. The Investors in Careers Award checks that schools are providing a planned programme of careers and work related learning, commissioning independent and impartial careers guidance and that they are forging links with members of their local business community.
Commenting on the work at Kings' School, Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, said: "Kings' School is an excellent example of a whole school approach and commitment to careers advice and guidance. The importance that is placed on this by senior staff at the school is recognised by employers and training organisations and is shared by students and their parents or carers. It is reflected in the opportunities that pupils are given to participate in work experience and business and enterprise activities."
Gwyn Evans, Deputy Headteacher at Kings' School, said: "As a school we firmly believe in the value of investing in careers education for our students and benefits of being able to provide them with relevant and accessible information and advice to help them make choices for their futures. We are very lucky at Kings' to have the dedicated support of Olwen Parkinson from the County Council's Careers and Employability Service - the high quality impartial advice and guidance we receive as a school is something that we recognised formally when we presented our own award to Olwen earlier this year. As a result of this partnership, the number of students who are not in education, employment or training when they leave here is very low."