Highfields has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard in recognition of its outstanding work to prepare students for life after school.
The Standard is awarded under licence by Prospects to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.
Highfields continually works to improve the chances and future career opportunities for all of its students.
There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from Year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.
The Standard recognises Highfields’ commitment to embracing, promoting and endorsing quality careers education and recognising the part it plays in the overall success of the school and its students. The school offers a range of activities to introduce students to the world of work and help them make decisions about life after school, including careers fairs and work experience placements, as well as guest visits from employers and Further Education providers.
Mr A Jeavons, Highfields’ Careers and Business Links Manager, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects. We recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success.
“This standard has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.”