This award recognises schools working in partnership with other public sector bodies (local authority, police, NHS or Fire Service) on projects that bring specific benefits to the local community.
Gilbrook Primary School, Wirral
Gilbrook has recognised that parents are as vulnerable as children, suffering from mental health problems, social deprivation and poor literacy skills. The school has forged links with a range of professionals to help support community cohesion. All children can access the school’s breakfast club; a parents’group supports families with benefits and housing issues. Working with local MPs, prisons, scout groups and other community organisations will help to improve outcomes for families.
New College Leicester
More than 2,500 local people make use of the New College Leicester’s sports facilities each week. Key relationships have been established with voluntary and professional clubs which have resulted in an explosion of sports participation that is helping to address wider social issues like wellbeing and community safety. Leicester Riders Basketball Club and Leicester City Football Club Community Trust use the facilities in a project to keep youngsters off the streets.
The Hayling College, Hampshire
The Hayling College, Hampshire, hosts the Heart of Hayling Boxing Academy which this year has seen an average of 150 young people a week come to train. Hampshire Police works closely with the academy - young people who are known to the police are welcome and there are even plans to assist with various court orders as part of rehabilitation. Donations to the Academy will be used to sponsor elite boxers and to help to create new coaches.
Marine Academy Primary, Devon
Marine Academy Primary has introduced ‘The Dudes Club!’, where dads, stepdads, grandads, uncles and other male role models can spend quality time with their children at the school. Children take part in a range of activities including a football training session with Plymouth Argyle, a boot camp session with Discovery Martial Arts, toasting marshmallows at a fire pit and making props for a Dudes Club photo. The well attended events created a community buzz.
Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough
AGS ‘Then, Now and Forever’, the final strand of the AGS Remembers project, was launched with a community engagement evening. Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the AGS Wall of Remembrance is a recognised war memorial and permanent feature of the community. Positioned outside of the inner courtyard so anyone can freely visit, it stands as a symbol of respect and a promise to educate future generations.
Eastbourne College, East Sussex
As a major employer in the area and a significant part of the local economy, Eastbourne set up The Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP), which works to provide community, educational and sporting activities involving pupils, staff and the general public. ESP now comprises 12 schools and colleges and accounts for 14,000 children in the surrounding area.
Heswall Primary, Wirrall
Lutley Primary School, Werst Midlands
Bolton School, Greater Manchester
Parklands Primary School, Leeds
Wimboldsley Primary School, Cheshire
Beddington Park Primary School
Community Action Support Hub, founded by Beddington Park Primary two years ago, unites local agencies, charities and services to improve the well-being of children and adults in the region. This year the school launched the Community Database, which contains information on various local and national organisations who can support families.
Beddington Park Primary School
Richmond Hill Primary School
Shrewsbury High School
Parkwood E-ACT Academy
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire
Shrewsbury High has become a Shropshire ‘hub’ for preparing potential medics thanks to its utilising of Keele University’s Medical Outreach Program and Shropshire Careers Service. The collaboration has ensured prospective medical students gain the right advice and direction on offer.
Beddington Park Primary School, Surrey
Parkwood Academy, Sheffield
North Liverpool Academy
Nansen Primary School, Birmingham
Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Devon
Seaford College, West Sussex
Seaford College’s community work has been hugely recognisable this year with the school receiving an award at the ‘Making a Lasting Difference’ South Region Awards for the ‘Community Project of the Year.’ The award recognised Seaford College’s involvement in the Whyke Estate, Chichester, as part of the school’s Community Action Day in July. Students and staff carried out a variety of tasks to help those who are registered as vulnerable, due to physical disability, learning difficulties, or old age. It is likely that Seaford College will go through to the National Awards, and the school looks forward to returning to the Whyke Estate as part of the Community Action Day in 2015.
Anson Primary School, London
Epsom College, Surrey