Presenting the award to Anna Dawson, Headteacher at the college, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, said:
“The careers advice and support that young people receive during their school years is absolutely crucial to their future lives. Whatever their level of ability, it’s important for them to plan ahead and aspire to reach their full potential. That’s why Hampshire County Council offers schools structured assessment under the Quality in Careers Standard, and help to develop their careers programme. I would encourage other schools and colleges to consider working towards this prestigious quality standard
“Congratulations to Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College, which is doing a great job of supporting students to embark on a fulfilling career journey.”
The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investor in Careers is a nationally-recognised mark, proving that a school or college is providing good careers education programme with an appropriate level of staffing, offering good quality work experience, and providing tailored support for young people making choices about onward study and employment.
Hampshire County Council, which is licensed to award the standard, assessed the college during the summer.
In the assessor’s report, the school was found to have a clear commitment to working with each pupil individually and providing high-quality careers guidance, which is carefully planned and evaluated.
Shelley Reddall, Deputy Headteacher, said: “It is extremely important to enable pupils to have the necessary information to make choices about the future. We are also fortunate to be supported by external provision provided by Aspire Defence, Rushmoor Borough Council and Zurich Insurance.”
Sean O’Brien, who is a pupil in Year 11 said: “Going to Zurich Insurance enabled me to broaden my career aspirations, find out about the world of work and gain more confidence.”
Other schools considering assessment against the standard are invited to contact Hampshire County Council’s Careers and Employability Service for advice on 01962 846193.