Top Marks

Sutton High achieves platinum award grade for careers advice

Sutton High School, GDST, has been awarded the Platinum Career Mark Award, only the sixth school nationwide to achieve this accolade. It is also the first school in the country to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks, a government measure for careers provision in schools. Sutton High was given the Career Mark award following an in-depth look at the school’s careers provision including a visit by an assessor.

Tom Brake (then MP for Carshalton and Wallington) presented the award to Liz Berner, Head of Careers and Higher Education at Sutton High, at a ceremony also attended by Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of the GDST, Beth Dawson, Head of Sutton High, and Colin Laverick, Chair of the Board of Governors at the school.

Liz Berner said:

“This award is testament to the hard work put in by all staff to give our students the very best of experiences and opportunities, to prepare them for an ever-changing future.”

Comments from the assessor included:

‘Students appreciate the access they have to the Head of Careers and value her expertise and support.’

‘Students have a wide range of opportunities open to them from networks to visits and have acquired the skills to make effective use of them. This is resulting in confident choices for everything from university to work experience.’