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Castle School Education Trust (CSET) winners of the Education & Business Partnership award 2016, Members of Business West

CSET was established as a Multi-Academy Trust in 2013, when The Castle School became an Ac

ademy. CSET’s aims and values were established at that point and have been maintained ever since. They provide quality education in a caring environment

Their mission is to create a robust collaboration of schools that provides strong dynamic and sustainable school leadership, excellent professional learning for staff and high quality whole education for children and young people with opportunities, experiences and excellent outcomes that no school can achieve alone.

CASTLE SCHOOL

What the judges said:

The Trust’s business partnership scheme, ‘Premium Partners for Schools’ was set up 6 years ago with the aim of fully preparing young people for the world of work, and they run a number of initiatives to raise aspirations, inspire enterprise and foster employability amongst their pupils.

These include the Premium Partner & STEM café. This is run by students, and businesses are invited to speak about specific areas of interest identified by the pupils. This creates a greater understanding of leadership skills and helps students to make a more informed career choice, and the businesses that are part of the ‘Premium Partners for Schools’ programme observe lessons in order to gain confidence when working with pupils on the delivery of various projects.

Castle School Education Trust has demonstrated clear engagement with the world of business that is embedded into the school’s curriculum with a focus on providing employers with the opportunity to engage with students of all ages to ensure they are equipped with the skills needed for the world of work. Their business partners play an integral part in the education of their students. Congratulations to Castle School Education Trust.

Why did they enter and what it’s done for the business:

We submitted an entry for the Awards for two reasons. 1 – to pitch ourselves against the best in our field, 2 – to get a really powerful endorsement of our work if we won. As we aim to grow Premium Partners for Schools and deliver the programme in more schools, it has been wonderful to see the interest in the programme grow and to welcome new business partners. However, the funding cuts to schools have impacted significantly on their ability to take on any non-essential programmes. We hope that despite this challenging environment, Premium Partners for Schools will continue to grow strong and sustainable relationships between businesses and schools so our young people can be work ready and skilled up.

Why would you recommend businesses enter?

Participating in the awards has been a great journey for us. The work we did for our entry helped us focus on our achievements and the impact our work has had on both students and business partners over the years. The thrill of finding out you are a regional winner is fantastic, but doesn’t come close to the absolute joy and pride our team shared by winning such a prestigious award. It has been very rewarding for us and has led to some wonderful new partnerships. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so go for it!!!

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