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Wales High School Achieves Quality Standard for Careers Work

Wales High School, has been recognised for its outstanding careers work this month. The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded under licence by Ixion (Part of the Shaw Trust Group).  The Quality in Careers Standard is awarded 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.  

Left – right: Michelle Squire – Careers Education Strategic Manager (Ixion/Shaw Trust), Gaby Spinks – Progress Careers Advisor at Wales High School, Sean Panting – Careers Award Assessor (Ixion/Shaw Trust), Sam Brown – Head of Careers and Guidance at Wales High School, Pepe Di’Iasio – Headteacher

Wales High School is a Good Ofsted rating school, continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all the students. Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.   

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.  

Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the head teacher, governors and leadership team at Wales High School embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise 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 hosting one of the biggest careers fayres locally for students from Year 7 to Year 13, with over 60 representatives from businesses and further education organisations.

Pepe Di’Iasio, Headteacher, said:


“For many years now at Wales High School, we have known that having personalised careers aspirations helps to bring the curriculum to life and gives school a purpose for our students. We chose to apply for the Quality of Careers Standard Award as a way to make sure that the careers education we are delivering is the best that it could possibly be for our students. We are delighted that this process has enabled us to develop the strong careers focus we have always had so that our students can access information and guidance on an even wider ranging choice of career pathways, with access to local employers at each key stage in school.”

For further information about the careers service at Wales High School, visit: Careers – Wales High School