A Sheffield college has good reason to celebrate after becoming the first in the city to achieve the highest standard of excellence in careers support.
Handsworth Grange Community Sports College has been certified with the gold standard, as given out by youth charity Sheffield Futures, for careers guidance.
The college’s careers adviser, Denise Powell, said: “We are over the moon to have achieved gold in the Sheffield Standard.
“This is our third time through the standard and each time the process identifies more we can do to achieve excellence in careers for our school and for our students.
“It was useful too as going through the standard made sure our policies and documents procedures were firmly in place for Ofsted.
“The Sheffield Standard makes you re-look and think about practice. It also added more rigour to our PHSE programme.”
Headteacher Anne Quaile added: “We are delighted to be presented with the award.
“It is a real achievement from which our students will continue to benefit.
“Denise has worked tirelessly to achieve this for our school and we are grateful to Sheffield Futures for all their support and commitment to us during the process.”
Sheffield Futures careers coordinator Dawn Hodgkinson said: “Handsworth Grange has worked hard to achieve the Sheffield Standard and they have raised the standard for their students.
“We offer the standard in bite-sized chunks, providing a step-by-step level to achievement with bronze, silver and gold. It encourages improvement in careers standards and motivates schools and colleges to go for the next level up. Schools and colleges should aspire to this as it provides the basis for all students making a successful transition into the world beyond school.”