Castle School and Hereward College win awards for work with young people

Two BASE members are among the winners of the Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018. The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018 recognise and celebrate inspirational work being done by schools and colleges, employers, volunteers and careers professionals around England. A record number of over 200 nominations where submitted for this year's nine award categories, which were decided by panel of independent expert judges.

The Castle School in Newbury won the national SEND Award for Careers Provision. The school, an ‘outstanding’ 3-19 special school, runs a ‘World of Work Programme’, designed to help pupils make informed choices about their future. Work experience placements and links to around 70 employers help to raise pupils’ career aspirations and boost their skills, confidence and independence.

Assistant head James Whybra said:

“There is no way we could do this without the support of our teachers, assistants and parents. The fact that we are getting so many of our students into paid employment is the end goal. We believe that any student with the drive and the desire to gain employment can do, no matter what ability or disability they have.”


Hereward College in Coventry, has also been recognised for its work supporting careers education and helping young people into the world of work. The college has been named SEND Careers Provision of the Year in the West & South West. Hereward is a national college for young people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. The college offers its learners a varied curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.

The college works with a number of employer partners and business organisations to provide employment and enterprise expertise for young people with disabilities while supporting employers to provide inclusive opportunities.

Paul Cook, Principal at Hereward College said:

“Receiving this award is a real testament to the work Hereward has been doing to offer meaningful high quality work opportunities to young people with disabilities and additional needs. Our Supported Internship and work experience model has shown real results and continues to evolve and grow year on year – showing demonstrable benefits to both learners and business.”