STAFF at Malmesbury School are beaming with pride after their school was the first in Wiltshire to be awarded the Gold Quality in Careers Standard by Careers Mark.

The national award, which was presented to them last week, recognises the high quality of career education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) available to all students, providing them with the knowledge and the skills needed to embark on a life after school.

Head teacher Tim Gilson said: “We are delighted to be the first School in Wiltshire to receive the Gold Careers Mark. Making sure that our students get the right advice and guidance at the right points in their time at school is really important to us.”

The award also recognises the school’s approach to the leadership and management of CEIAG, including self evaluation, clear staff roles and improved delivery and outcomes.

Andy Midwinter, one of the assessors, praised the school for organising high quality events which give students access to potential employers and the excellent alumni programmes.

He said: “The school is a beacon of excellence in their careers provision and provides a standard which is the envy of many other schools in the area.

“The school is committed to providing high quality and impartial CEIAG, as shown by the significant resources the school has dedicated to this area.”