Presenting the award to Sarah Coles, the school’s careers leader, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, Councillor Stephen Reid, said:
“Congratulations to Park School, which is doing a great job of supporting students to embark on a fulfilling career journey.
“We should always celebrate careers advice and support, wherever we find it is being carried out to such a high standard; and where the school shows a clear commitment to outcomes for its pupils once they step out into the wider world of work. The careers advice and support that young people receive during their school years will be crucial to their future lives and to achieving their potential whatever their ability.
“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.”
The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investor in Careers is a nationally-recognised mark, proving that a school or college is providing a 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 Park Community School earlier this year.
In the assessor’s report, the school was found to have a “huge commitment” to careers education and guidance, with ongoing support from senior leaders, and demonstrated by playing a strong part in local events such as the annual careers fair.
Christopher Anders, Headteacher at Park Community School, said: “It is extremely important to enable pupils to have the necessary information to make choices about the future. Our careers team is focused on the task in hand and works hard to raise the aspirations of all students, helping them to progress onto successful outcomes such as college and apprenticeships.”
Other schools considering assessment against the standard are invited to contact Hampshire County Council’s Careers and Employability Service for advice on 01962 846193.