Richmond School and Sixth Form College, as part of the Areté Learning Trust, has been recognised for the quality of its career guidance.
For the third consecutive year, it has achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, which acknowledges the support and advice that is available to students both in the school and the sixth form college.
Under the leadership of Liz Mannion, students receive opportunities from Year 7 through to Year 13.
These include visits to universities and other further education providers, guest speakers sharing their experience and knowledge in specific employment areas, work placements, learning from career and labour market information and personal guidance to address the needs of each student.
The school organises a week-long placement for all year 10 students.
Working with companies and organisations in the area, the students are matched with roles that they are interested in.
Graeme Newton, managing director at Randall Orchard Construction and an alumnus of Richmond Sixth Form College, said: “Richmond School always support its students through work experience programmes and careers advice to ensure they are ready for the world of work.
“The quality of their provision ensures the students have the right mind set and work ethic, and this has led to us employing students as apprentices.
“Delivering such a high standard of careers support in school helps future-proof the skilled workforce in years to come.”
Ms Mannion, careers leader, said: “We are immensely proud of Careers at Richmond School. It is very much a team effort and could not be achieved without every member of staff contributing, either through linking academic subjects to jobs, organising visits to universities or employers, or through inspiring careers conversations with students.”