Premium Partners scheme set to launch

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

DOWNEND and Mangotsfield Schools are preparing to launch their ambitious Premium Partners programme this month.
The scheme, which links students with businesses, mirrors one at The Castle and Marlwood Schools in the Thornbury area, which has been running for five years and has proved highly successful, winning several awards and forging links with hundreds of businesses.
More than 200 local businesses have been invited to the launch at the Innovation Centre at Downend School on November 24.
Head teachers Mark Fuller and David Spence will address guests, as will Lara Loomes, who is running the programme.
Mr Spence said: “We aim to become partners with local businesses across a wide spectrum of professions who share our aims of helping students develop vital employability skills.
“We place a strong emphasis on ensuring that students receive high quality careers education, guidance and support throughout their time with us, starting in Year 7, to allow them to progress on to their choice of employment or higher education.
"During years 7 – 13 students will complete a range of activities and attend a number of career related events.”
Downend and Mangotsfield Schools have a joint sixth form. Both schools are part of the Castle School Education Trust, as are Castle and Marlwood Schools.
To find out more about Premium Partners, contact Lara Loomes by email L.Loomes@downend.com or call 01454 862300.

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