We have taken part in a pioneering agreement between seven firms from a wide range of industries aimed at equipping pupils with skills from the world of work, which has launched at Birmingham’s newest school.
The Corporate Partner scheme at the new University of Birmingham School was officially launched at the School, in Selly Oak, on Wednesday 23 September with representatives from the worlds of law, construction, finance and many others meeting at the school for the first time.
Partners at JW Hinks have made a pledge to support the School’s innovative enrichment programme and will help contribute to the shape of the programme, with employees tasked to deliver sessions alongside teachers and other School staff.
Representatives from the partner firms also sit on the School’s Careers Advisory Board and will ensure pupils benefit from insight and experience from the various industries. The group will meet each term to plan their involvement in the following term’s programme with partners each committing to a full year of involvement.
Michael Roden, Principal at the University of Birmingham School, said: “We believe this scheme to be a unique one, which will offer the pupils at our School something distinctive. We are delighted with the partners we have on board and have no doubt that they will use their combined experience and expertise to deliver some truly engaging and stimulating enrichment activities for our pupils.”
Neal Aston, Managing Partner at JW Hinks, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this school and it is wonderful to see so many of Birmingham’s professional firms coming together to back the future of education in the city. We believe that this school will provide an excellent facility for future generations of learners.”
The University of Birmingham School’s vision is to create a diverse learning community which reflects the city of Birmingham and transform the lives of its pupils by raising aspirations. Pupils will benefit from a wide range of opportunities, including access to facilities, expertise and research at the University of Birmingham itself. The School will grow to its full capacity of 1,150 pupils by 2020.
As the first secondary University Training School in the country, the University of Birmingham School will be a centre for initial and on-going teacher education and training and research into improving educational practice. The curriculum will be informed by the latest research via links with the academic departments, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. The first pupils began on 10 September in Year 7 and Year 12.