North Oxfordshire Academy win School Award at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Thursday 4th April 2019 at Jurys Inn Oxford.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the county’s Apprentices, the Awards also recognised schools, who play a crucial role in inspiring people to consider and start an Apprenticeship, as well as employers, who provide young people with opportunities to start their careers and support and guide them through the programme.

The School Award was won by North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, which was praised for its joined-up strategy for careers and enterprise education and forward-thinking approach to the promotion of Apprenticeships with students and their families. This includes organising and hosting an Apprenticeship Fair, which is open to all local schools and the wider community, for the past 7 years.

The school has a strong link with their Enterprise Adviser in addition to other local and national employers and organises a range of workplace visits and work experience opportunities, as well as inviting employers into school to take part in mock interviews and assessment days.

Working in partnership with a primary school, the school employs its own Apprentices, helping students see first-hand the success of Apprenticeship programmes.

The Award was sponsored by the Careers & Enterprise Company, who were looking for schools that demonstrated the promotion of Apprenticeships as part of a wide ranging and inclusive careers strategy, including:

  • Positively promoting Apprenticeships within school to a variety of year groups, ensuring and evidencing high impact on all students
  • Strong Enterprise Adviser and employer engagement and evidence of embedding sustainable relationships
  • Use of Compass / Tracker to ensure progress against all Gatsby Benchmarks and raising awareness of progress/requirements across the whole school
  • Progression of Gatsby Benchmarks 5 & 6 against the previous year and future plans to achieve the Benchmarks
  • Senior SLT engagement and evidence of increase in whole school approach, including how careers is embedded in the school improvement plan, ethos and culture in school
  • ‘Leading the way’ with a variety of impactful employability interventions and evidence of innovation and impact on students
  • Strong use of Career Lead and time deployed

The Award was presented to Colette Wedgbrow, Careers Advisor at North Oxfordshire Academy by Careers & Enterprise Company South Area Manager Will Morlidge (pictured above).

Congratulations to John Mason School in Abingdon and Wood Green School in Witney, who received Highly Commended Awards.


See our article for details of all the winning and highly commended entrants.