A passionate careers advisor at a school in Bicester has received an award from a county enterprise partnership.

Sam Baker, careers lead at The Cooper School in Bicester, said: “While this award technically has my name on it, it is about all of the hard work of the careers team in our school including Mrs Lewis and Mrs Menzies.

"Without their support and hard work, none of this would be possible.”

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Mr Baker and his team received the careers champion award from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership in recognition of their outstanding work in providing career advice and support to pupils.

Eleanor Gordon-Martin, the enterprise coordinator for OxLEP said: "Mr. Baker has made such a huge impact since he took over the careers lead role last year.

“The school's success on a careers front comes down to his leadership and passion from the front.

“He has embedded careers across the school, using his role as assistant head to write and implement a strategic careers plan which includes all stakeholders across the school.

“He has enrolled staff to lead and champion careers in roles across the curriculum, and makes use of careers admin support from members of the school’s admin and office team.

“Everything he does ensures that every student has access to and is provided with careers education and support from the moment they arrive at The Cooper School.

“He ensures that additional interventions and activities are put on for those students that require more support and the transformation across the school has been truly remarkable.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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