Award for top quality support

Brighouse High School is presented with the C&K Careers Quality Standard for providing excellent careers support to its learners
Brighouse High School is presented with the C&K Careers Quality Standard for providing excellent careers support to its learners

Brighouse High School has achieved the C&K Careers Quality Standard for providing excellent careers support to its learners.

Achieving the award is not an easy process and the school’s provision was rigorously assessed against ten criteria which aim to demonstrate that the school provides its learners with a programme of careers education information advice and guidance that is in line with national standards.

The standard involves proving that the careers programme in school includes effective work-related learning, engages parents/carers in careers, has good resources and information, strong leadership, effective training for staff and that the careers programme is inclusive for all learners.

The C&K Careers Quality Standard is one of 12 awards in the country to have been nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard

The school marked the occasion with an award presentation on January 14. Gerald Hey, chief executive of C&K Careers, made the presentation along with Jill Ellis, the assessor who visited school last term.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said: “It is extremely important that we constantly review the quality of careers education and guidance provided to our young people.

“High quality provision is essential in helping students prepare for vital next steps and ensuring that each student is aware of the opportunities and progression paths available.

“At Brighouse High we take great pride in the quality of our offer and welcome the external verification of this provided by the C&K Careers Quality Standard.”

Lorna Aitken, head of careers at Brighouse High, was delighted that the school had again received the award following such a rigorous assessment which takes place every three years.

The award is also recognised by parents and employers and ensures that everyone involved in careers education at the school is providing an excellent service.

Heidi Haigh, clerical assistant for IAG, and careers advisor Leanne Pryor have also played a significant role within the careers programme at Brighouse High.

The school has a very supportive team. Steve Sykes, lead governor in careers, is a regular visitor at careers events, super learning days and the annual careers fair.

Martin Haigh, of Brighouse based Lattitude7, is the careers ambassador from industry and widely supports careers events in school by leading and organising sessions.

Last term Martin ran an engaging personal development day for Year eight where workplace issues such as discrimination, stereotyping and equal opportunities were addressed through a range of interactive workshops where students could learn through experience and discussion.

There are a number of events planned for 2015 including a Year seven careers day in April and arrangements are currently underway for Year 12 work experience in June.