Hawkley strikes gold

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HAWKLEY Hall High School has been given top marks for the information and guidance it gives students about their future.

It is the first school in Wigan Borough to get the Inspiring IAG Gold Award – the highest prize available to careers services in Greater Manchester.

The award is given to organisations working with young people in recognition of their careers education, information and advice.

To mark the achievement, the Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Donna Hall, was invited to present the award to the school.

Hawkley Hall High School underwent a rigorous assessment by an external assessor who deemed it met the standard needed to get gold – having already achieved bronze and silver.

Inspiring IAG was developed by Connexions teams in Greater Manchester to improve the careers services offered to young people. It’s since been adopted by schools across the North West.

It’s taken school staff two years of hard work to get the award.

Head of Careers Julie Williams said: “I’m absolutely delighted at this news. It is recognition that we are offering the best quality services to our students.

“The award is a way to make sure we are meeting the needs of the students and we’re thrilled we have achieved gold.

“It’s not just about careers. We are helping students across a broad spectrum from choosing vocational courses to offering a school counselling service to support them if they need it.”

Ms Hall added: “It’s fantastic we have the borough’s first school achieving this Gold Award. Providing good quality careers advice is key to securing successful futures for our young people.

“Giving students the best advice and guidance about what their options are is of the utmost importance and this award demonstrates staff at Hawkley Hall High School are doing a great job.”