"I'm starting to see the point of school". year 9 student

Our vision...

We believe that schools and businesses need to work hand in hand to:
  • Offer the best opportunities for our students.
  • Ensure businesses get the employees needed
  • Enrich curriculum
  • Inspire
  • Raise aspirations
  • Ensure our communities thrive
Premium Partners for Schools provides a way to do this successfully.
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For business...

How does Premium Partners work?

We often hear business leaders claim that young people are not prepared for the work place and that schools are not equipping them with skills they desperately need.
We believe that schools cannot be expected to address this alone and that Businesses have an integral role to play in the whole education of young people in the UK.
Premium Partners for Schools facilitates links and provides a strategic way to do this.
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Our current partners...

"Renishaw has been part of The Castle School’s Premium Partners Scheme since its launch in 2011. As a business, we have benefited enormously from regular interaction with students and staff. including innovative projects, developing employability skills and providing professional guidance, mentoring and work opportunities in engineering.”

Julie Collins
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Our News

By Paula Kirkby 06 Apr, 2017

Essilor once again opened their doors to 16 Year 9 students from Castle School to give them some challenging projects to complete. This year, there were four products built: a wind turbine; an infinity mirror; an FM radio and a solar panel. Students took a look behind the scenes at the manufacturing process at the company, learned the scientific and mathematical theory behind each of their products and discovered new skills in the workshop. The results were impressive and students were clearly proud of what they had achieved.

A celebration lunch was held on 5th April at Essilor where parents, Essilor employees and Castle School staff saw student presentations of their work. Certificates of achievement were awarded by the Mayor and Mike Kirkley, Director of Essilor.

This project is a great example of how the links between business and education through the Premium Partnership scheme can develop employability skills, confidence and strong networks for our students. A huge thanks to Essilor who have been such a pleasure to work with!
By Tessa Wilkinson 15 Mar, 2017

The Premium Partners for Schools team have picked up another award! The Careers Development Institute awards received over 50 entries. Judges for the ‘Innovative Employer Engagement’ category were particularly impressed with the longevity and sustainability of Premium Partners and the breadth of work undertaken with our business partners. They recognised the impact our business partners have on our students and the opportunities that are available for them.


At the beginning of our 6th year, we are thrilled to have yet again received external validation for the work we do. All thanks to a fantastic team, wonderful business Partners and adventurous students.

By Paula Kirkby 15 Mar, 2017
On Thursday 9th March, 16 of our Premium Partners kindly gave up their time to come and deliver sessions on how to write a good CV and shared some interview tips to our Year 12 students. They then held one to one interviews with our students throughout the afternoon to put into practice what they had learned. 

The hall was buzzing with conversations, and despite nerves, students came out smiling!

Our thanks to all the Premium Partners involved in what was a really positive day!
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