AN ANDOVER school’s commitment to empower students in their future careers has been recognised with a prestigious award.

John Hanson Community School has recently gained the accreditation of the Investors in Careers Award, demonstrating commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Anna Hall, careers lead and assistant headteacher, said: “I am delighted that our hard work and dedication to developing the whole child, has been recognised. Our assessor praised our strategic and holistic approach to career guidance, as well as our ability to develop our young people into critical thinkers.”

The school’s recent work experience and the work they do with local further education and higher education providers, has proven fruitful in supporting their evidence for the award.

As part of the process, John Hanson has built a detailed programme of events that run throughout the school year during assemblies, tutor time and Personal, Social, Health and Economic days.

They also hold an Annual Careers Fair for all Andover secondary school Year 11 students, further highlighting their prominent status in careers guidance.

Headteacher Russell Stevens said of the award: “I’m proud to lead a school where there is a significant focus on making sure all students, in all year groups, can make informed decisions regarding the next stages of their education and career journeys.”