School partnership lays foundations for success

  18 DECEMBER, 2015
School partnership lays foundations for success

Hundreds of students at Thistley Hough Academy have received a skills boost as a result of our partnership through the government-endorsed Business Class initiative, which we’ve recently relaunched.

Staff from across the business have already volunteered 1,340 hours at the academy, working with 846 pupils to deliver mentoring projects, apprentice challenges, and work opportunities.

Directors and members of senior management mentored 20 pupils in the preparation for their exams last year, while 30 apprentices helped transform a disused field into a community allotment, providing the pupils with an outside educational area.

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