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Matrix Award – Recognising Our Outstanding Support For Students

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“Following this assessment against the Matrix Standard, Aquinas College has demonstrated their commitment to giving students access to the highest calibre support and resources in order to help them develop effective skills, reinforce positive behaviours and assist them in making appropriate life choices.”

We are very proud that once again we have achieved the Matrix Award for the effective, “…delivery of an impartial and effective information, advice and guidance service which is having a positive impact on the lives of those who engage in the College’s programmes.”

Carol Mayall, Head of Careers, coordinated preparation for the external assessment against the national quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance, (IAG).

Over a two day period the Matrix assessor met with a number of students and staff from across the college to thoroughly assess the types and level of IAG support available.

Pastoral Director, Andy Bailey commented, “We should be rightly proud of the hard work and dedication shown by all colleagues to ensure we give our students the right advice and guidance at every stage of their journey with us. We have an amazing careers team here at Aquinas, day-to-day their drive and enthusiasm inspires us all to improve and reflect on how we help students progress.”

Principal, Danny Pearson commented, “I am delighted with the award and extend my thanks to Carol and her team for preparing us so well for the accreditation. I feel the level of advice and guidance we provide our students demonstrates how we are living our mission. Encouraging and supporting our students to make the right choices for them, so that they may, “have life and to have it to the full” (John 10:10). National recognition for what we do day-to-day is great.”

This nationally recognised award is an extremely positive endorsement of how we work with our young people to help them make their next important steps. “Staff across the College appear to have fully embraced the ethos, culture and values of the college and clearly have the student at the heart of all they do”.