Chrissie Barrington

Principal

I am very proud of our achievements at Kingswood Primary Academy. At the time we were awarded the Primary Careers Mark, we were only the 4th primary school in the country to achieve this award. During the process, were were congratulated on the range and amount of interactions with employers that we provide for children. This was largely due to our work with Primary Futures.

Through their support we have been able to put on a number of events across the school. This whole-school approach has created a real buzz of excitement with pupils and teachers and provided opportunities for many people to get involved. We also brought other schools together to create a real sense of community and pride in organising inspirational careers events for our younger pupils. This approach is innovative due to the age group targeted in the different activities, the breadth of activities over the whole week and the Year 3 careers fair on the final day. Collaborating with Primary Futures and utilising their database to recruit volunteers for events is something we would recommend to all schools organising careers-related events.

I believe that raising aspirations for young people is key to their future success and their ability to go on to be become well-rounded individuals who a fully prepared for a purposeful and enriched life in the modern world. For many of the families that our school community serves, they have no, or very limited, aspirations due to the extreme poverty they live in and they can’t see their way to a better life. By opening our young people’s eyes to be possibilities in the wider world we are encouraging them to do well and to believe in themselves which in turn leads to better self-esteem and a positive outlook as they grow into adults.In the words of Albus Dumbledore, ‘It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be.’