A CALNE school has received an award for its commitment to preparing pupils for future careers and entering the world of work.

Kingsbury Green Academy has been part of the Skills Builder partnership since September 2020 and was given a silver award for it’s proactiveness.

Careers leader at the school, Cath Young said the programme has been hugely beneficial to pupils and shows them how to translate school achievements into skills valued by employers.

“However, it’s much more than just teaching them a different way of talking about their interests and activities, but about supporting them to be proud of themselves, developing skills to help them stay positive and take the lead, as well as always aiming for the best,” she added.

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“This school-wide initiative is successful because it has been fully embraced by staff and teachers. We have Careers Champions in every department who are responsible for embedding the skills framework into every subject and even into every lesson, which has helped us receive the silver award much more quickly than expected.”

Over the last year, a number of leading local businesses have joined Kingsbury Green Academy as part of the Skills Builder partnership, offering opportunities, mentoring and work experience.

Ms Young continued: “At the end of last term we held a work experience day with partner businesses including Babcock and Bevirs Law, which was an excellent opportunity for everyone to get hands on with skills and career paths open to them.”

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This week the school will hold its annual Employer and Education Partnership breakfast for businesses involved in the careers programme.

To register for this event, please click here.