• 'We are thrilled that the work we have done over the last five years has been recognised at a national level. Thank you to all involved!"

  • "This is an excellent design. It really emphasises the emotion of driving a Hyundai and the inspiration it provides. I love the idea of the student embarking on a journey being translated into a design on the car. Very creative and extremely inspirational."
    Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd

  • Inspire, raise aspirations, develop employability skills, mentor and encourage, enable informed choices.... these are all words that describe the impact you can have on our young people.

  • Dave Harvey, business journalist for BBC Points West came to Charfield Primary School to find out just what was going on.

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"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
Renishaw
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Our News

By Paula Kirkby 30 Jan, 2017

16 students from Castle and Marlwood Schools had the opportunity to look behind the scenes at two local employers: Alexandra Workwear and Europa Group .

Sarah MacIsaac from Premium Partners said, “We are incredibly grateful to Alexandra and Europa for engaging with our schools in such a positive way.  Our students have benefited enormously for the experiences they have had with you and your staff.”

Both companies worked with  Premium Partners to put together a fun morning of activities with the aim of finding out more about the people inside the organisation and the jobs that they do.

At Alexandra, textiles students were given a brief history of the company and enjoyed cups of tea and biscuits in the boardroom with some senior members of the company. They then had the opportunity to design outfits for customers; take photographs of garments for a catalogue; see how marketing materials are created; and look at how the company website is adapted and developed.

At Europa Group, students went on a treasure hunt to find specific members of staff whom they then interviewed. They found out about marketing and advertising; health and safety; customer confidentiality; financial compliance. They also had a look at the call centre. They were asked to observe how staff used language differently when addressing customers compared to their colleagues in the staff café.

As a result of these visits, all of the students said that they had increased their confidence in speaking to business people, understanding how a company works and how their studies at school relate to the world of work and their future. The things that most surprised them were how big the companies were, how friendly everyone was and how each person inside the company has an important role to play.

Elaine Fitt from Europa Group said, “We were  delighted to assist the local children in making their career choices. They were well behaved and a credit to their schools. We look forward to repeating this exercise soon.”


By Tessa Wilkinson 16 Jan, 2017
Download STEM newsletter here .  STEM activities at The Castle School are everywhere! Our students can take part in competitions, events, talks and even organise their own STEM cafe. Rachel Beddoes, our award winning STEM coordinator ensures that as many students as possible get the chance to experience the joys of STEM.

The need for talented engineers over the next few years continues to rise, and with Dyson, Renishaw and other engineering firms working hard to attract talent,  the opportunities for students who study STEM subjects are numerous. We hope that as young people realise that STEM subjects are FUN and that there are loads of exciting opportunities out there, they will be more tempted to work in this area.

We are tracking the number of students who study STEM subjects at A level and beyond and are collecting data that shows what a difference a dynamic and creative STEM coordinator can make! Onwards and upwards!

Download STEM newsletter here .
By Tessa Wilkinson 08 Dec, 2016
Essilor have worked with us for two years and they have been behind the most challenging and rewarding projects. Above is data we collected from the most recent group of students who participated on this 8 week project. 

The students all enjoyed the challenge that designing the various lenses provided and being able to learn in the work place was particularly appreciated. 
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