Parkside School was delighted to be invited to the annual conference of the Careers and Enterprise company to receive the award as Outstanding School in the North and be one of 3 National finalists, coming runners up for their inspirational ASPIRE2b programme https://www.careersandenterpri....
The programme has a huge impact on preparing its pupils for the world of work and entails 3 core strands.
1. Curriculum excellence
Focussed delivery within curriculum subjects to ensure students are aware of the subject related opportunities available to them along with the completion of a personal development record (PDR) to enable students the opportunity to identify how they have and are developing their employability skills
2. Higher Education Partnership
Key partnership with Higher Education institutions such as Leeds Beckett University, to ensure all of our students have a clear understanding and experiences of University and what it can offer.
3. Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme
All students receive a progressive, structured programme through their PSHCE programme and special events including careers guidance interviews and Career enhancement weeks which include visits to the workplace, CV writing sessions and 1-2-1 interviews with local employers.
Assistant headteacher and ASPIRE2b lead Jo Sykes said about the award, " I am absolutely delighted to receive the award on behalf of all the staff who contribute above and beyond what would be expected of a class teacher to give a our pupils a truly fantastic experience. It is wonderful to be recognised as providing outstanding guidance to help our students make informed choices post 16".
Matt Barratt, Deputy Headteacher added further "the award recognises the continual improvement of the school and by using the Gatsby benchmarks to guide our programme http://www.gatsby.org.uk/educa... we have been able to ensure our development of our provision is based upon world class practice."
Pictured are Matt Barratt and Jo Sykes receiving the award at the National awards ceremony in Newbury, July 2018. https://www.careersandenterpri...