Presenting the award to Sarah Bennett, Headteacher at Crookhorn College, on Friday 22 September, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, said: “Congratulations to Crookhorn College, which is doing a great job of preparing students to find their dream career. This is the sixth time they’ve been re-accredited with this award, having first achieved it in 1998 – an excellent record of achievement.
“The careers advice and support that young people receive during their school years is absolutely crucial to their future lives. Today’s job market is complex, and very competitive. 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 applying for this very helpful scheme.”
The Quality in Careers Standard is a nationally-recognised mark, proving that a school or college is providing good careers advice 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. It has recently replaced the ‘Investor in Careers’ standard.
The award is reassessed every three years and each time, schools must demonstrate they have further developed their provision. Hampshire County Council, which is licensed to award the standard, reassessed Crookhorn College during the summer for its sixth reaccreditation.
In the assessor’s report, the school was found to have strong work experience provision; holistic, tailored support for students; and an approach to careers that fosters continuous improvement.
Sarah Bennett, Headteacher of Crookhorn College said: “We are delighted to be reaccredited with Investors in Careers. We believe that every child should have a dream to aspire to, and this often means being able to look to the future and seeing yourself involved in a career that you are passionate about. Our careers service provides many students with a starting place for their dream, and then guides them to opportunities and experiences that will make the dream a reality. This award then, is a great acknowledgement of the work done by the College to develop the sense of aspiration, commitment and responsibility to their own learning that will result in our students eventually achieving success within their chosen field.”
Eve Smith, who is a pupil in Year 10, said: “The careers programme at Crookhorn has been incredibly helpful in preparing me for work experience, which is a key event in Year 10. I have received help to identify suitable placements and contact employers, and I am looking forward to going out on placement.”
Other schools considering assessment against the standard are invited to contact Hampshire County Council’s Careers and Employability Service, for advice, on 01962 846193. The Careers and Employability Service is part of Hampshire Futures, the County Council’s service for young people.