Ormiston Sandwell first in country to get top award for careers advice

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) is celebrating after becoming the first school in the country to be credited as a ‘Gold’ standard institution for the quality of careers advice it provides its students.

Awards, Debbie Laird

Credited by Prospects, the academy has achieved the highest, Gold-level accreditation, which is part of the Quality in Careers Standard award programme.

The standard is awarded to schools and education providers who demonstrate the importance placed on careers, and the vital support given to students to help decide about their next steps after leaving school.  

OSCA is the only one in the country to have achieved the standard so far and the achievement marks the continued celebration of a successful two years in the academy’s careers provision, in which it has accrued several awards and quality marks - including The Investors in People Silver Award and the Basic Skills Quality Mark, recognising the commitment to improve life chances and create boundless opportunities for all of the students.

The announcement follows the success of Debbie Laird, the Academy’s Lead for Careers Education, who has recently been nationally recognised for her commitment as the winner of the 'Securing Futures' award at the OAT Annual Awards. Debbie has worked tirelessly over her last three years at the school to create a careers and PSHE programme that ensures students are inspired, confident and equipped for their next steps. Debbie’s commitment to ensuring that the programme is engaging and inspiring is reflected in the Academy’s achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard award.

Debbie Laird, Lead for Careers Education at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

"To achieve the Gold standard is a great achievement for our Academy. This award showcases our excellent practice and how we encourage our students to be aware of their next steps and what opportunities are available to them beyond the school gates. “Our staff and students are delighted with the recognition of the hard work placed into our CEIAG provision and the overall achievement of meeting the Gold Standard."

Marie McMahon, Executive Principal at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

“Once again I am so proud that Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy is leading the way and an award winner in yet another area of outstanding practice. The opportunities on offer here for our students are becoming world class, and this is yet another external validation of our excellence. Well done to the whole team!”