Penketh High School has been awarded the ‘Skills Builder Gold Award’, recognising their commitment to the highest quality Careers and Essential Skills Education.
Penketh High School received the Skills Builder Gold Award in July 2022, which recognises schools who are ‘modelling best practice in high-quality essential skills education’. Skills Builder works with over 800 education institutions, and Penketh is one of only 20 schools nationwide to have received the Gold Award.
Penketh High School is passionate to ensure pupils can develop their skills and talents to succeed in modern enterprise and contribute to the region’s future growth and prosperity. This passion is core to the school’s Dual Curriculum programme, which focuses on providing pupils with opportunities to develop character and skills, such as problem solving, creativity, and leadership; those which underpin the ever-changing world of modern work.
The Dual Curriculum aims to support pupils in acquiring, interpreting, and developing their knowledge and skills to move confidently between future settings and roles. Pupils who develop high-level skills are more likely to achieve higher academic performance, improved career outcomes and greater wellbeing.
Penketh High School has a unique approach with their dual curriculum model. With in this model pupils access a wider curriculum programme, which sees over 70 clubs and activities on offer across the week, which supports pupil’s wider character & holistic development. Mr Musgrove, the Careers Lead at Penketh High School, said ‘the skills builder sessions, alongside the dual curriculum, have really boosted the students’ confidence in the soft skills essential to world of work.
As a result of this, our local colleges and employer partners have commented on the impressive ability of our young people at Penketh to articulate their strengths in these transferable skills during their career cluster interactions. The work with skills builder has further strengthened the extensive work we have introduced to develop pupils not only academically but holistically to improve the life chances of all pupils who leave Penketh High School.’
Penketh High School are delighted to be recognised formally for the hard work staff have put in to providing an outstanding careers and skills character provision for all pupils.