On Friday 2nd February I was very pleased to be able to attend a special award presentation at The Deepings School in Lincolnshire. The Deepings School has been recognised for achieving excellence in their Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme and have been presented with The Quality in Careers Standard – Career Mark – Platinum award. It was a real pleasure to be able to celebrate with the school in such a fantastic achievement.
Following an external portfolio assessment and an on-site visit, the assessor met with key members of staff and groups of students throughout the day to discover more about the programme and how it supports students with decision making and careers planning.
The school is the first in Lincolnshire to receive a platinum award and has held external recognition for their CEIAG programme for fifteen consecutive years, retaining their commitment to this element of their learners’ education through some challenging times. The assessor commended them for this and for the work undertaken over a number of years by the Careers & Events Manager, Linda Taylor. The platinum award has only been achieved by two other schools across the whole country.
An official presentation was made by local MP John Hayes who congratulated the school for its hard work and achievements and was keen to talk to the students about their career aspirations. I was also pleased to be part of the presentation party along with Harry Norman, Managing Director from OAL (Olympus Automation Limited) one of many local businesses that have been working closely with the school to support careers and work-related activities, Deputy Head Ian Ladley and two Year 11 students who were involved in the assessment interviews, Katie Hand and Sam Jacklin.
We take great pride in the work that we do supporting schools all around the UK and abroad in achieving their Quality in Careers Standard. It is always such a pleasure being able to share in their well-deserved celebrations. Achieving a Platinum Award takes great commitment and dedication by the whole team of staff at a school and we were thrilled that The Deepings School took some time out to acknowledge this fantastic achievement and their hard work.#
*Photographs by David Pearson from I’d rather be in Deeping magazine.
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