"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 21 Jun, 2017

One of Castle School’s Year 11 students, Lauren Savage, has just secured a 3 year service technician apprenticeship with Berkeley Vale Motors. She is the first female to be offered this opportunity with the Thorbury based Hyundai dealership. Jim Coogan (After Sales Manager) explained that they were not intending to take on an apprentice this year, but they were so impressed with Lauren’s persistence, enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn, they agreed to take her on!

He went on to sum up the benefits of taking on an apprentice. “Having an apprentice helps us develop a young person’s understanding of our specific culture and ethos. They become an expert in our products.”

Lauren’s excitement about this opportunity was obvious when talking to her. After a meeting with Jim and her parents to sign all the paperwork, she gave a firm hand shake and said to Jim, “See you bright on early on 17th July!”

We’re sure Berkeley Vale Motors won’t regret it! Good luck Lauren!

By Paula Kirkby 24 May, 2017
By Paula Kirkby 22 May, 2017
Our final business forum of the year was held at Eastwood Park Hotel on the evening of Thursday 18th May.  The room was buzzing with students and businesses chatting about what has been going on at Premium Partners over the last few months. There were accomplished and inspiring presentations by students later on, covering projects from the Education Engineering Scheme with Agas, to the innovative Thornbury Youth Hub; wind turbine making and other projects at Essilor, to valuable work experience with Berkeley Vale Motors.

It felt like a real celebration of what Premium Partners is all about and how much we can achieve through engaging our students with local businesses. Thank you to Thornbury Deli who catered the event, and to all those who attended!
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