11 July 2019
Kingsthorpe College, a partner school in Silverstone Park’s Inspiration for Innovation programme, has won the ‘Careers Inspiration’ accolade at 2019’s Northants Education Awards.
The Northampton school’s Year 7-12 students have engaged in a variety of activities with 20 volunteer businesses as part of Inspiration for Innovation – launched in August 2018 and managed for Silverstone Park by careers pathways specialist Gaia Innovation.
Kingsthorpe’s Business Teacher/Careers Leader Diane Fisher, said: “We truly believe in providing students with a careers education which focuses on learning the skills needed to navigate the 21st century employment market so that they can become valued members of society.
“Winning the Careers Inspiration Award is testimony to the hard work we have all put in and we are so very thankful and proud of this achievement and the fact that we have been recognised.”
Diane (pictured) added: “This would not have been possible without the support and commitment of Gaia Innovation and the team at Silverstone Park.
“Being part of Inspiration for Innovation has definitely helped us to achieve this and we are looking forward to continuing the partnership which is helping to shape students’ futures and make a difference!”
The award was Kingsthorpe’s third in two months after it was also recognised in May by the Young Enterprise organisation for encouraging entrepreneurialism among students.
Diane’s contribution to working with young people earned her a Gold Award and 17-year-old student Mukhtar Ali collected a Journey Award as MD of Beezknees – a company created and run by youngsters at the school.
Elsewhere another of Inspiration for Innovation’s partner schools, Silverstone UTC, was among the finalists for ‘Secondary School of the Year’ at the Northants Education Awards.
Principal Neil Patterson said: “I was thrilled that we were nominated and then shortlisted for this award. To be recognised in this category is a great achievement and testament to the excellent work done by our staff. Our congratulations go to NIA who won the award.”
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Adding to this has been high praise from teachers at The Buckingham School and Beachborough School for the programme’s work in improving careers awareness amongst young people.