Schools launch Premium Partners scheme

Published on: 21 Dec 2016


DOZENS of business representatives joined leaders, staff, students and parents for the successful launch of Downend and Mangotsfield's Premium Partners programme.

The aim is to build links between the two secondary schools and local  employers and to equip students with the skills they will need for the workplace.

Castle School Education Trust, which runs the schools, already has an award-winning Premium Partners programme for Castle and Marlwood Schools.

Will Roberts, chief executive of the trust, told guests at the launch: “We are absolutely passionate about the links between businesses and schools. Our role is to make sure students are ready for what comes next. Businesses can help young people understand what the world outside the school gates is really like. They can inspire them and show them opportunities.”

Mark Fuller, head teacher of Downend School, said many teenagers would go on to do jobs that don't yet exist, so it was important to develop their skills.

“It is all about making it real for the students,” he said.

David Spence, head teacher of Mangotsfield School, said that although the school was focusing strongly on improving academic achievement, developing each student as a whole person was also important, and opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and the world of work were part of that.

This was reinforced by two Year 10 students, Archie Kenway and Joel Vadhyanath, who were national winners of the Young Enterprise Tenner competition, turning £10 into a profit of £3,289 by running an auction.

Lara Loomes, leader of the Downend and Mangotsfield Premium Partners, urged local employers to consider how they could get involved. 

She is particularly keen to hear from anyone who can offer Year 10 students, aged 14 and 15, work experience.  Contact l.loomes@

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