JOHN Hanson School has opened its doors to Year 11 students for its third annual careers fair.

Students from Grateley House, Harrow Way, Mark Way, Winton Academy, Rookwood and Test Valley visited the event held in the school’s sports hall.

Over 50 exhibitors packed into the hall, along with a marquee focusing on STEM, to give youngsters the chance to talk about their post-16 options.

They were all also treated to a motivational talk by Alan Bullock, independent careers guru, and Peter Mulligan from careers specialist SACU.

The day was organised by Lynn Richards, John Hanson’s independent careers advisor, who said: “It really is amazing how many employers and colleges are willing to give up their time.

“It is fantastic for the young people of Andover to get to meet so many in one place.”

Assistant headteacher, Anna Hall, added: “I am proud that all our hard work over the last few years has paid off.

“We’ve created a unique event for the town, which benefits so many of our young people.

“John Hanson is committed in our drive to provide high quality careers education; this is the first of many careers opportunities we’ll offer this year for our students.”

Sponsors Test Valley Borough Council also attended at the event as exhibitors, with economic development officer David Gleave and Councillor David Drew present.

Portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at the borough council Councillor David Drew said: “There is nothing better for students and their parents to have the opportunity to speak to potential employers and tutors face to face and for young people to take part in work experience.

“I congratulate John Hanson School and the local businesses who are taking part. The council is very keen to support events that help connect local employers and local schools.”