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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 10 Jul, 2017

Local insurance broker and Premium Partner, Brightside Insurance, had good reason to celebrate at the end of last week as one of its apprentices won the highly coveted Apprentice of the Year award at the South West Contact Centre Forum awards. Asher Budd, 19, a former Castle School pupil, received the award in recognition of the dedication he has shown in working towards completing an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Providing Financial Services and attaining his Chartered Insurance Institute status.

Collecting his award, Asher said “I’m really proud to have won this Apprentice of the Year award. It’s a wonderful achievement for me and I’d like to thank my manager Gemma Ferris, my team and everyone who’s played a part in supporting my development since I joined Brightside just one year ago”. Suzie Noble, Brightside’s Chief People Officer, was equally thrilled by the win, and said, “I’m so delighted with Asher has won this award. I’ve been nothing but impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm he’s shown since joining Brightside as an apprentice. He’s a role model for our future generation”.

By Paula Kirkby 28 Jun, 2017
15 Year 7 girls from the Castle School visited Hydrock on the morning of Friday 23rd June as part of International Women in Engineering Day. The focus was to learn about and be inspired by careers in engineering and to have fun! Two female engineers currently working with Hydrock ran the session and challenged the girls' ideas about the profession. They got them to think about what the girls enjoyed doing and the skills they had, then showed them how they could apply these to a whole range of different engineering careers.These  included things like project management; environmental engineering; designing buildings; acoustic and light engineering among many others.

The feedback from the girls was fantastic with 100% of them saying the session had made them think more about how they might plan for their future career. 93% said they felt more confident in their knowledge of science and engineering and 73% understood better how their school work relates to the real world of work and business.

Comments from the girls included:

"I enjoyed being creative and technical at the same time."
"I learned that engineering is about caring for people and the environment, not just about machines!"
"It made me realise engineering can be really fun!"
"I feel inspired!"

Many thanks to Hydrock for running this inspiring opportunity for our students.

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!

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