FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

Wood Green Academy

“Wood Green Academy is an oversubscribed, co-educational Comprehensive School and Specialist College of Sport for pupils aged 11 to 18 years. It is 10 form entry with a yearly intake of some 250 pupils from local primary schools. Currently we have approximately 1460 pupils in the school with over 220 pupils in the Sixth Form (Years 12/13) which attracts students from this and other secondary schools in the area. There are over 100 members of teaching staff.”

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

“We can trace our history back to Newchurch Grammar School founded in 1703. The core of their staff formed BRGS on our current site in 1913.  With 100 years of serving families in Rossendale and beyond, we are proud of our heritage and celebrate our school traditions, but alongside this, we seek to embrace positive change and innovation. “

King Edward VI Grammar School

“King Edward’s is one of the oldest schools in the country, older than Harrow or Eton and many of the other famous Independent Schools.  Alfred Lord Tennyson the famous poet and author was one of our many distinguished former pupils but our list of Alumni includes many other famous adventurers, explorers and captains of industry like Chris Wright founder of Chrysalis Records which give birth to famous bands such as Ultravox and Spandau Ballet. Today King Edward’s still enjoys a central position located at the heart of the Wolds and attracts children from Louth and its villages to Market Rasen in the West, Grimsby and Cleethorpes to the North and Mablethorpe to the East: over a third of our school is made up from pupils who travel to us from these areas.”

John Leggott College

“John Leggott College is one of the best colleges for students aged 16-19 in the region and not just because of the fantastic results, superb facilities and amazing teachers! Also because of the outstanding experience offered to students who choose to come to JLC. In 2013 we had an A Level pass rate of 99%, with 50% of grades at A*, A and B. We also celebrated a 100% pass rate in BTEC courses.”

Wyke College

“Wyke Sixth Form College opened in 1988 and was originally intended for 16 – 19 year olds in the western part of Hull, but it very quickly gained a wider reputation beyond the city. Today many young people at schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire decide to come to us after they finish their GCSE examinations. The reputation of Wyke Sixth Form College now reaches beyond. Quite apart from international links that the College has developed, there is a growing number of young people coming to study at Wyke from all around the world.”

Bede’s Senior School

“Bede’s inspires young people to achieve in every facet of their educational experience. To do this, we place the individual and their passions at the heart of what we do. Our philosophy of breadth and excellence in the academic curriculum as well as our range of cultural, aesthetic, intellectual and sporting activities outside the classroom serves our pupils’ uniqueness very well.”

Lawnswood School

“Lawnswood School is a state comprehensive school in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Lawnswood School is a specialist Mathematics and Computing College, which teaches approximately 1500 male and female pupils, aged 11–18”

Didcot Sixth Form College

“Didcot Sixth Form College (DSFC) is one of the largest and most successful Sixth Forms in Oxfordshire. We are a unique partnership between two specialist schools, Didcot Girls’ School (Languages and Enterprise) and St Birinus (Languages and Technology), creating a vibrant mixed Sixth Form”

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Public Affairs

“The Public Affairs Group is a specialist sector group of the CIPR. It aims to represent the membership of the group, to facilitate networking and to provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and best practice.”

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Corporate & Financial

“The Corporate and Financial Group is one of the sector groups within the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Its principal objectives are to improve the understanding of the role and value of corporate and financial public relations, to promote the highest standards of professional practice, and to provide opportunities for our members to hear from and debate with senior management and media involved in our industry.”

Plymouth University

“We are committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and enjoy a reputation for excellence in teaching and learning alongside world-class research. Together with a research-informed curriculum, we embed employability skills throughout a student’s journey with us. Students also benefit from funded internships, award-winning volunteering schemes, international exchange programmes, dedicated career development advice and extensive cultural, sports and leisure programmes - all of which see our students emerge as highly employable graduates with an impressive skills base. Some 12,000 of our students undertake work experience each year and our awards are informed by leading practitioners in the field of business and the professions.”

The Literary & Scientific Society

“The Literary & Scientific Society, known as the Literific, is the debating society at the Queen’s University of Belfast. The Literific was founded by E.L. Godkin in 1850, making it the oldest and first student society at Queen’s. Today it remains the paragon of free speech in Northern Ireland. Weekly debates are held on Thursday evenings during term-time and there are special debates and social events throughout the year. Check our our term card and calendar for more information. Full society membership is open to all students and staff of the university.”

Teesside University

“Providing opportunities, driving enterprise, delivering excellence. Working in partnership to enable individuals and organisations to achieve their potential through high quality learning, research and knowledge transfer.”

QE Academy Trust

“We have been serving the people of Devon for over four hundred and sixty years, originally as a Grammar School, then as a boarding Grammar for Boys and Girls, now as the only state boarding school in Devon.  Since April 2011 we have also become an academy, which means we are an independent state school directly funded by Government and in control of our own destiny. We are rightly proud of our history, but we also have a strong sense of our future as an innovatory and ground breaking school.  We are dedicated to enabling all our young people to become happy, well rounded and successful adults in the world we find ourselves in today, with all its many challenges and opportunities. We are a large school with around fourteen hundred students, nearly three hundred of whom are in our excellent Sixth Form.  We stand at the heart of a thriving educational community that includes thirteen partner primary schools spread across hundreds of square miles of rolling Devon countryside.”

Park View School

“We have been at the heart of Chester-le-Street since 1911, first as the town’s grammar school and latterly as its largest Academy. Our roots in the community are long-established and inform all that we do: thus, although we are innovative and offer children a 21st Century education of real worth, we cherish and foster traditional values. We passionately believe that all young people can achieve if challenged to do so, that each has in them special qualities, talents and strengths which it is the duty of true educators to develop. It is this moral imperative which drives us, providing an unflinching focus upon the continued improvement necessary for us to realise our ambition: to be an outstanding school which provides the very best educational experience for all in our care.”

St. Mary’s School

“Girls at St. Marys enjoy a rich and varied education designed to identify and develop each girl’s talents and potential.  As a school catering for pupils from age 3 to 18, we offer all the benefits of a through education,  carefully designed to reflect the needs of the various age groups at the different stages of their development.”

Hallcross Academy

“Hall Cross Sixth Form is one of the largest in the country and draws on a tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1350. Our mix of traditional academic values, caring pastoral support and a forward-looking response to the modern world combine to provide an educational experience that will help our students to progress towards fulfilled and successful lives. Relationships forged in school, shared experiences and academic achievement all help to mould your future.
We would want young people to make the most of their opportunities and share in our proud reputation.”

Dereham Sixth Form College

“Welcome to Dereham Sixth Form College, a vibrant learning community where we constantly strive to offer students the highest possible standards of teaching and learning alongside a rich and varied extracurricular experience. Once again we have expanded our curriculum offering and made additions this year to ensure that we are responding to the needs of our community. We aim to continue to provide a rich and varied curriculum to students in mid-Norfolk.”

Colfe’s School

“For 350 years we have educated the children of south-east London, changing to suit modern needs. We educate girls and boys from 3 to 18, and we are academically selective. Our new ‘tougher minds’ programme helps GCSE pupils to think and work more effectively.  Intensive new tutoring arrangements allow us to guide and care for each child more individually.  New and closer relations with business help us to prepare pupils for a career beyond school and university. To grow – intellectually, personally, spiritually, physically– children must embrace new experiences.  Every day is rich and varied.  If they pause, we show confidence in them.  We say, “Go for it.”  Abraham Colfe founded a school for the future.”

Dane Court Grammar School

“We are a mixed, selective secondary school, with about 1,200 students and we are also a Teaching School. Dane Court is a lovely place to learn and work. The spacious site is near the centre of Broadstairs, a picturesque town on the East Kent coast. The recently completed £20 million rebuilding programme means the school has state of the art facilities which are truly suited to learning in the 21st Century. We seek to develop the academic potential of every student, through excellent teaching and rigorous support. We aim for every student to leave the school after seven years with the best possible qualifications, in order to enter a top university, prior to a fulfilling career. We also aim to ensure that every student develops the integrity and the confidence to be effective and happy adults.”

Leighton Park School

“Leighton Park School is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school in Reading, for ages 11-18. Founded in 1890 on Quaker values and set in 65 acres of beautiful parkland, Leighton Park provides a unique and inspirational learning environment, where students flourish academically and as individuals.”

Brinsworth Comprehensive School

“Brinsworth Comprehensive is a vibrant, forward-looking and confident comprehensive school which aims to meet the future needs of our young people and the world they inhabit. Students come to the school from various parts of Rotherham, and from Sheffield, often as a result of parental preference. We have students from a variety of backgrounds and we feel that this diversity reflects the local community and provides one of the strengths of the school.”

Tudor Grange Academy Solihull

“As an academy we have a strong commitment to traditional values and a focus on continuous improvement and development. Our ambition is to deliver a world class education and allow our students to become highly successful and qualified people, with a strong sense of moral purpose.”

Alsager School

“Our school is a place where pupils and staff excel in all aspects of school life. Among our achievements we include excellent performance by pupils in examinations, high expectations are coupled with a motivated and well qualified staff playing a significant part in allowing pupils to thrive and succeed.”

Highsted Grammar School

“Highsted Grammar School, a school considered ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, has always strived for excellence. Whether this is through academic, sporting or artistic achievement, we encourage and nurture our students throughout their transition from young girls, to mature and strong young women.”

Colchester County High School for Girls

“The School’s aims are to enable students to: learn in an orderly, disciplined atmosphere, with equality of opportunity, in order to achieve excellence; discover a love of learning and so develop lively, creative, enquiring minds and the capacity for independent thought and problem solving; be able to communicate ideas effectively, both in English and at least one modern foreign language; acquire and develop both a body of knowledge and a range of learning and technological skills which will equip them for adult life in a rapidly changing world; become effective citizens through gaining an understanding of the economic and political environment in which they live, and appreciating its relationship with the international community; gain an understanding of, and a respect for, social, moral and spiritual values in a multi-cultural society; develop an appreciation of, and respect for, the environment, and understanding of its formation and characteristics, and the impact of man’s activities on it; have opportunities to take part in cultural activities within the school and in society; become caring individuals who are considerate of the needs of others, self-disciplined and socially adept.”

Southend High School for Boys

“In February 2009, inspectors praised Southend High School for Boys for being ‘an outstanding school. The school has maintained its exceptional performance over the years, and has demonstrated an outstanding capacity to improve further.  Students relish rising to the challenges set for them’.”

Immanuel College

““Immanuel College is a selective HMC co-educational Jewish day school for pupils aged 4-18. The school’s Preparatory Department opened in September 2011.  Immanuel College is a school characterised by academic excellence, expert pastoral care and inspiring Jewish education. Immanuel College is one of the top 3% of secondary schools in the UK measured by the proportion of pupils gaining places at the nation’s 13 most successful universities and the great majority of Immanuel College Sixth Form pupils proceed to their first choice of university.”

Emanuel School

Emanuel is a co-educational, independent school committed to:a broad-based education enabling all pupils to discover their strengths and to develop their individual talents; promoting independent thought and curiosity for learning; the pursuit of academic and co-curricular excellence; providing supportive pastoral care that nurtures health and well-being, emotional maturity and spiritual richness; engendering respect, tolerance and an understanding of the importance of caring for others and the environment.”

Francis Holland School

“Francis Holland School is a leading London independent day school for girls aged 4-18.  Excellent academic standards are achieved through the provision of a challenging academic curriculum and talented staff who encourage an enthusiasm for learning, intellectual curiosity and creativity.  This allows our girls to thrive in a relaxed and happy environment where they are respected as individuals and able to fulfil their unique potential.”

Richmond upon Thames College

“We have a long and successful heritage and over the years thousands of people have chosen to study with us at our campus in Twickenham. We offer a wide range of courses and subjects for 16-18 year olds including the International Baccalaureate Diploma, A levels and an extensive choice of vocational qualifications from entry level through to level 3 including BTECs, NVQs and apprenticeships. We also offer a number of higher education courses, as well as courses for adults, aimed at developing skills and enhancing employment opportunities. We are proud of our diverse student community and our mission is to support and enable all our students to achieve their maximum potential.”

Thornton Grammar School

“Thornton Grammar School is a popular and successful 11-18 Trust School enjoying triple specialist status in Sport, Science and Applied Learning. Our mission is to help all the young people in our care to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.”

Forest Hill School

“Forest Hill School is a thriving comprehensive boys’ school. We have an enormous amount of experience in teaching boys and our highly professional, committed staff provide opportunities for our students to flourish across the whole curriculum. We are proud to combine traditional values with innovative teaching methods and state of the art facilities to ensure that our students develop both academically and personally, and to allow them to continue to realise their potential in our co-educational Sixth Form, SFH6.”

The Rodillian Academy

“The Rodillian Academy is a mixed secondary School and sixth form with academy status located in Lofthouse, West Yorkshire. The school has 1,337 pupils aged between 11 and 18. The school also has Specialist Arts College status.”

Kelso High School

“Kelso is a small market town in the beautiful border country of Scotland. Kelso High School provides secondary education for the pupils of the town and the surrounding countryside. The school badge is based on the Coat of Arms of Douglas of Springwood, an estate just across the river Tweed from Kelso. The badge records an incident that occurred during the Scottish Wars of Independence, 1280 - 1320.”

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

“We firmly believe that when you enjoy, you excel - and our overriding aim is to offer each of our students the opportunity to do both.  At Stratford Girls’ Grammar every student has access to a full and varied extra-curricular timetable along with an exciting choice of subjects to add to those studied as part of the core curriculum. It’s no secret that our students achieve outstanding results academically. Year on year students are breaking school records with their outstanding A-level and GCSE results and the school is ranked as one of the best in the country in national league tables. OFSTED rated us as outstanding and the school is recognised nationally as a centre of academic excellence – something our students and staff take great pride in.”

Chapeltown Academy

“Our vision has four key pillars. We will Increase aspirations to attend the world’s best universities, and boost attainment at A-Level through the provision of high-quality academic courses taught by passionate and enthusiastic teachers; deliver a first-class yet diverse programme of extra-curricular opportunities so that students are able to realise their potential outside of the classroom as well as within it; prepare students to be professionals by equipping them with an advanced set of ‘soft skills’ which are highly sought after by leading employers and will enable success in the world of work; provide a close-knit, considered pastoral support network within the framework of the Academy to assist and support the transition from GCSE to A-Level, and then from A-Level to their destinations beyond.”

Suffolk ONE

“One is an inclusive Sixth Form College located in Ipswich, Suffolk. We offer an extensive range of Post-16 courses including: A Levels, BTEC Diplomas, GCSE re-sits and courses in Foundation Learning. The college has received an excellent Ofsted Report, followed by outstanding examination results for our first two cohorts.”

SGS Filton

“South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) is the new college formed by the merger between Stroud College and Filton College. These two successful colleges merged in February 2012, to give our students more choice, greater opportunities and a wider range of facilities from a single, larger college. At SGS, we have three main campuses – Stroud, Filton and WISE – as well as many local community venues, and we welcome around 15,500 full-time and part-time students of all ages every year. We also have centres in the centre of Bristol, at the West of England Academy of Art and at the Bristol Zoo & Gardens.”

Chosen Hill School

“Since opening in 1959, Chosen Hill School has enjoyed a strong reputation. We provide a safe, caring environment working in partnership with parents and the local community. The school has a tradition of high academic expectation, nurtured by a culture which values achievement in all activities and supports fully the development of each student. In 2011, Chosen Hill School became an Academy Trust. The school facilities have been developed year on year and we now have superb new facilities for Sport, Languages, Humanities and the Sixth Form.  This year new Inclusion facilities and Design Arts Suites will be completed.  The Specialist School designation received for Technology in 1997 and Modern Lanugages in 2008 are still an important feature of the life and work of the school.  We are extremely proud to be a lead partner in the Global Language Immersion Centre (GLIC), a specialist exemplar provision in Gloucester for language learning.”

The John Lyon School

“Our record of strong academic success is combined with a great reputation for pastoral care. Unlike in very large schools, at JLS it is possible for staff to get to know all the boys. We can, therefore, genuinely treat each child as an individual, with individual talents to be nurtured and individual challenges to be met.”

The Mary Erskine School

“Here your daughter will flourish in an environment of academic excellence. She will work at a pace that suits her development. She will experience unrivalled opportunities to challenge and express herself. She will emerge a happy and confident young woman, ready to play a positive role in society.”

Birkenhead High School Academy

“We offer girls from the age of 3 to 19 years the opportunity to develop into confident, articulate, aspiring and responsible young women equipped to tackle cheerfully whatever life throws at them and to forge an exciting and fulfilling future for themselves. BHSA is sponsored by the Girls’ Day School Trust and maintains the shared goal of excellence in girls’ education.”

Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

“Our students, their learning and their achievement are our priority. Our high expectations, coupled with your high aspirations, will be underpinned by strong personal support and guidance. Together they will provide the firm foundation for you to succeed. At Tamworth Sixth Form you will be challenged in an atmosphere which is geared to your achievement and you will have outstanding opportunities that enable you to develop your character, interests, abilities, aptitudes and, most of all, to realise your potential.”

Northgate High School

“Northgate’s traditions go back to the early part of last century and we still place great emphasis on traditional values such as good behaviour, hard work, adherence to the uniform, high expectations and respect for others. We believe that these basics, mixed with stimulating teaching and learning, a strong pastoral support system and extensive extra-curricular opportunities, provide an environment in which our pupils and students can thrive.”

Hartlepool Sixth Form College

“Hartlepool Sixth Form College is a leading provider of high quality educational opportunities for the community enabling individuals to enjoy and challenge themselves academically, recreationally and socially. The College exists to develop and enhance their abilities and skills so that students can fulfil their potential in a secure, caring, supportive and stimulating environment.”

Royal Grammar School Worcester

“The aim of RGS Worcester is to provide an excellent all-round education for children, supporting them in their passage to adulthood by developing character, intellect, physical wellbeing and aesthetic sense within a scholarly community. The School and its staff aim to cultivate an ethos in which each individual is cared for and valued equally.”

Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form Centre

“Bournside is an oversubscribed 11–18 Academy promoting the development and progress of over 1700 young people. We believe that the school has a vital role to play in helping young people prepare themselves for the future. We are committed to high standards of work, conduct and appearance. We provide first-class facilities and the kind of atmosphere that allows young people to develop fully. We encourage and celebrate all forms of personal achievement and excellence. We want our students to feel that this is their school and that it exists to serve their best interests. Bournside is an exciting and rewarding place in which to learn and to teach. Our vision statement describes the school’s ambition for the future and informs all we do. We hope you will come and visit us and see the school in action on a normal working day.”

Hyndland Secondary School

“Hyndland Secondary School is a non-denominational state comprehensive. The school provides secondary education for children from the local area, although there are many children from other areas of the city. The school is part of the Hyndland New Learning Community, which consists of the school, its feeder primaries and other local children’s services”

Oakgrove Integrated College

“Founded in the midst of conflict in our community, Oakgrove Integrated College cherishes the values of courage, imagination and determination which our founders showed. We commit ourselves to nurturing those values in all our students and developing their ability to speak the truth with confidence. Founded as a place of learning, we strive to enable all to achieve the highest academic standards whilst fostering courage and willingness to take risks accepting what might not be.”

The Times

The Times was first published in London in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register (it became The Times on 1 January 1788). The Times and its sister paper, The Sunday Times, (founded in 1821) are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK.

Enjoy all your favourite sections from The Times & The Sunday Times including the latest news, sport and lifestyle features from our award winning journalists. There is something for everyone in our weekend supplements - from music reviews and exclusive interviews in Culture to all things fashion with Sunday Times Style.

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers. Some of the world’s most famous singers have performed with the Company, including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón and Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season is an affordable and convenient way to experience opera and ballet in your local cinema. Enjoy the best view in the House, live via satellite, in over 350 cinemas across the UK. Exclusive interval features allow you to take a look behind the scenes and hear from directors and performers backstage.

To find your nearest cinema, view trailers and sign up to receive our monthly cinema newsletter visit www.roh.org.uk/cinema

Kirkwall Grammar School

“Kirkwall Grammar school serves the town of Kirkwall, the east mainland of Orkney and the North and South isles excluding the island of Graemsay”

Gordon’s School

“Officially listed as one of Britain’s outstanding schools by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Gordon’s is a unique non-selective state boarding school that recognises that a good education is not just about outstanding examination results but a thorough preparation for life; it is about developing character and confidence through great teaching and abundant opportunities to strive, do, make, perform and learn.”

BT

“BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and in more than 170 countries worldwide. Our main activities are the provision of fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and TV products and services as well as networked IT services. In the UK we are a leading communications services provider, selling products and services to consumers, small and medium sized enterprises and the public sector. We also sell wholesale products and services to communications providers in the UK and around the world. Globally, we supply managed networked IT services to multinational corporations, domestic businesses and national and local government organisations.”

Chartered Institute of Public Relations

“The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the advocate and voice of the public relations profession, a champion of our professional interests, a respected partner to the broader communications community and a body that works in the public interest. We enhance the reputation and understanding of the public relations profession and the professionalism of our members through the provision of world-class structures for the practice of public relations. We do this by providing education, knowledge building and sharing, research, excellent governance, conduct and ethics.”

Turnaround

Turnaround proudly represents a diverse range of some of the most exciting and innovative publishers in the UK, Europe and the United States. From small, award-winning independent houses to America’s largest publishing corporations, our publishers are among the very best in the world.

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million items representing every age of written civilisation. It includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. We receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland and 3 million new items are added every year.

Lloyds Scholars

Lloyds Scholars is a unique social mobility programme run by Lloyds Banking Group. Partnering with leading universities across the UK, we offer students from lower income households a complete package of financial support, paid internships, a business mentor and the opportunity to develop their employability skills.

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park is a space for thinking, reflection and discussion. Since 1947, this former royal residence has been the home of an education charity which works to promote the ‘betterment of society’ through residential meetings.

Each year, around 3,000 students from universities across the UK visit Cumberland Lodge for study retreats. The Lodge also runs its own programme of conferences on important societal and ethical issues which bring together students, senior academics and people in public life. Current areas of interest include public health; law and policing; religion and society; and science, technology and society. The Lodge also welcomes others to use its high class residential facilities, and regular visitors include the Government, the National Health Service, the Inns of Court, and a number of charities.

Further information about Cumberland Lodge can be found at www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

York College

“York College has a £60 million building with first-class resources designed with post-16 students in mind. This, combined with the highest standards for individual student achievement, provides an outstanding environment for teaching and learning.”

Ysgol David Hughes

“This is a bilingual comprehensive school with approximately 1098 pupils aged between 11-18 and approximately 83 teachers and 37 support staff. We aim to provide our pupils with a broad education which includes elements of communication, literacy, numeracy, science, humanities, expressive arts, practical skills and technology. Many subjects use aspects of information technology and we have made considerable investments in this field over recent years.”

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School is a comprehensive school with Language College status situated in Potters Green, Coventry, England

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

ECCI is a hub for the knowledge, innovation and skills required to create a low carbon economy. Located in Edinburgh, Scotland’s political centre and capital city, and building upon the best ideas from around the world, the ECCI provides the place and space for ‘low carbon leaders’ and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together to deliver a low carbon future. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, the Edinburgh Centre creates a unique platform for supporting Government policy implementation; enhancing business enterprise and innovation; and delivering professional skills training.

The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University

The Maelor School

“The Maelor School is a mixed comprehensive school for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. The Maelor School is one of very few secondary schools in the area that offer pupils the opportunity to continue their study to A level in the sixth form. The school was established in the heart of the Maelor in the small village of Penley in 1957 to serve the needs of this extensive rural area. The school is located in extensive grounds in a very pleasant rural situation.”

Harvard Lecture Theatre, 4th Floor, Main Building, Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links with industry, government and commerce. Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years. The University is consistently ranked in the UK’s top ten for graduate employability (2012-2013 Sunday Times University Guide) with over 85% of our employed graduates finding graduate level jobs in 2011-12 against a UK average of less than 70%. Allied to this, 70% of eligible Aston students study for degrees involving a sandwich placement year or year abroad, giving them valuable experience relevant to their degree.

Aston University is based in the centre of Birmingham. Birmingham is home to over 65,000 students and one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities. Aston’s friendly and safe 40 acre campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for its 10,000 students including a first year accommodation guarantee. Aston University is committed to supporting school and college students through a range of Schools Liaison and Outreach initiatives, helping them to make the right decisions for their higher education future.  To find out more visit www.aston.ac.uk/schliaison

Charles Thorp Comprehensive School

“We aim to be an excellent community school for our students with a strong focus on improving teaching and learning. There is a great deal of change and uncertainty in the world of education at present and that needs a strong set of principles”

Burlington Danes Academy

“Dedicated teachers deliver rigorous lessons while frequent assessment creates a spirit of healthy competition and achievement. Our Christian ethos helps to ensure that all students from our diverse community receive the support and motivation to be the best they can.”

Walworth Academy

“We expect every one of our pupils to be the best that they can be. We help pupils to develop self-discipline, self-worth, independent thought, motivation and confidence in a learning environment that ensures every child fulfils his or her potential.!

ARK Putney Academy

“As an ARK academy we share the ARK vision of creating outstanding schools for local children that deliver high achievement for all their students. We embrace the six principles used by all ARK schools and we believe that this consistent, committed approach will provide the foundations for exceptional student achievement.”

Grange Hotels

Grange Hotels, provides luxury London hotel accommodation, hospitality and events services for the most discerning guest. We offer an extensive range of 4 star and 5 star hotel accommodation in some of the best locations London has to offer, effortlessly combining traditional comfort with modern facilities and our own hallmark attention to detail. Whether you are in the capital for business or for pleasure, Grange Hotels’ beautifully appointed bedrooms, exclusive dining facilities and flexible conference spaces are designed to make your visit memorable, for all the right reasons.

At Grange Hotels, we recognise the importance of proactive engagement and the role we have to play in managing the constantly changing social, economic and environmental issues within our local communities. One of the most important of our responsibilities is that to the communities we operate in.  Grange Hotels works hard to champion various different good causes as well as community projects.

Acland Burghley

“Acland Burghley’s diverse, inclusive and truly comprehensive community will be recognised across London as a centre for excellence in learning, where all students are supported and challenged to engage creatively, collaboratively and rigorously to fulfil high ambitions for themselves and for the school.

Acland Burghley students will have the qualifications, skills, resilience and insight to meet the demands of working, family and community life, and the empathy, confidence and will to work with others to achieve a better future.”

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

“Torquay Boys’ Grammar School is a selective boys grammar school in Torquay, Devon, England. As of January 2012, it had 1,113 students. The school was founded in 1904 and celebrated its centenary in 2004”

St Peter’s Catholic School, Solihull

“St. Peter’s RC Secondary School is a secondary school in Solihull, West Midlands, England. The school has approximately 1,200 pupils with 200 pupils in the Sixth form. As a faith school, pupils are mainly drawn from Catholic schools in Solihull”

Queenswood School

“Queenswood is a progressive boarding and day school for around 400 girls, aged between 11 and 18, where boarders make up more than half of the School.  An all round education focuses on equipping the girls with all the life skills required of women in the 21st century.  Within a caring and supportive framework, the girls enjoy a dynamic academic curriculum, supported by a diverse and exciting extra-curricular programme.”

Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is the largest campus-based undergraduate university in the UK with a total student population of more than 37,000. Our claim is to be the University for World Class professionals with an emphasis on vocational education and employability. Our roots in higher education date back to 1824, and we’re committed to a strong future through a £350million investment in our buildings and facilities. We have a combination of the traditional and the contemporary that sets the University apart and gives us our distinct character. Manchester Metropolitan University is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK and one of the most extensive education centres in Europe.

Walthamstow Hall

“Walthamstow Hall is an Independent Girls’ Day School educating pupils from 3 - 11 at the Junior School and from 11 to 18 at the Senior School on separate sites in Sevenoaks Kent.”

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital

“With only 570 Senior and 100 Junior day pupils, we know every boy. Individuals matter: there’s space for a boy to be himself. Visitors comment on the friendliness and confidence of the boys, and the boys speak about how well they get on with each other and the staff. We are academically selective but not socially exclusive. There’s a good mix of people at QEH. With a curriculum specifically tailored to meet boys’ needs, examination results for boys at QEH are second to none in Bristol. It is a pleasure to work in such a unique place and a privilege to play a part in shaping the lives of the young men of QEH.”

Magdalen College School

“The school was founded in 1480 by William Waynflete. Waynflete, believing in education as a facilitator of social mobility, wanted to found a school of an entirely new kind: a school that would be at the heart of that new and exciting proposition, the university. Quickly, MCS became one of the country’s leading schools. Today’s MCS, proud inheritor of these traditions, remains just that. We believe that this is, in part, because of the continuing and remarkable relationship we enjoy with the global university which surrounds us. We are hugely fortunate in our facilities and environment.”

Brighton College

“Brighton College is one of Britain’s leading schools; indeed, in November 2011 Brighton was awarded the most prestigious accolade of the UK schools world when it was named Sunday Times Independent School of the Year, while Richard Cairns, Head Master, was named ‘England’s Headmaster of the Year’ by Tatler magazine in September 2012.”

Bloomfield Collegiate School

“Bloomfield Collegiate School is a girl’s state grammar school in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for pupils in years 11-18.”

Wren Academy

“Wren Academy is an 11-18 secondary school in the London Borough of Barnet. We are now open to five year groups and over the next two years the Academy will take in a further year group annually, growing to its optimum size of about 1150 students.

Wren Academy has already established an excellent reputation for high academic standards and for providing an innovative curriculum. This has been endorsed by an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in February 2011. Amongst the conclusions of the inspectors were the findings that teaching at the Academy is ‘stunning’ and that behaviour is ‘impeccable’.”

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The Jessop Building, The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 of the brightest students from 117 countries coming to learn alongside 1,209 of the world’s best academics, it is clear why the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading universities. Staff and students at Sheffield are committed to helping discover and understand the causes of things - and propose solutions that have the power to transform the world we live in. A member of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance.

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Repton School

Repton School is a co-educational English independent school for both day and boarding pupils located in the village of Repton, Derbyshire, in the English Midlands.

Cowley International College

“Staff and students at Cowley International College Sixth Form are pleased with both A-Level and BTEC results and have seen the average points score per entry increase for the third year in succession. This year’s A-Level pass rate was 99.4 per cent, whilst the vocational diploma pass rate has remained at 100 per cent, with an increased number of students gaining a Distinction or Distinction*, which is the equivalent of grade A or A* at A-Level.”

Bilborough College

Bilborough College is a sixth form college situated on the west side of Nottingham city. Every year since 2004, our A level pass rate has topped 98%.

Bilborough College is dedicated to offering academic excellence and to nurturing personal development in a supportive environment to serious and committed students.

Leyton Sixth Form College

“Deciding what to do next after GCSEs can be a complicated business with lots of options to choose from. This prospectus is designed to help you make that choice by describing the different courses run at Leyton. I hope we provide what you want. If so, please make an application at your earliest convenience. Whatever your preferred course you can expect to receive some high quality teaching and the chance to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities, all taking place within a supportive and encouraging atmosphere and benefitting from excellent new facilities.”

Alcester Grammar School

“This is a school which Ofsted recognizes as outstanding.  I hope you too will be impressed by the dedication and talent of the staff, both teaching and non-teaching and by the enthusiasm of the students for their school. With specialist Performing Arts status there are even more opportunities for us to develop not only the academic achievement of each student, but also to enhance their enjoyment, excitement and interest in the whole school experience. Opportunities here are vast and varied both within and beyond the classroom. Our international work is unrivalled and the extracurricular menu is vast.”

Oaks Park High School

“The school has over 1500 students, with over 300 in the sixth form and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. We are delighted for the school to be judged as an Outstanding School in our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2011.”

St. Crispins

“We are a successful, mixed 11-18 comprehensive school. The OFSTED REPORT said: “St Crispin’s is an outstanding school with a number of significant strengths.”“

The Henrietta Barnett School

“We are one of the top state schools in the country with an exemplary local and national reputation for academic excellence.  The Sunday Times named us as the highest performing state school in the country for the fourth year in a row.”

Nishkam High School

“Nishkam High School is a Sikh ethos, multi-faith school in north-west Birmingham, providing both a secondary school and a sixth form for boys and girls aged 11 – 19 years.

Our school has a unique nature whereby we positively nurture pupils of all faiths and beliefs.  We believe that faith-inspired values determine the character of education and that they should be intrinsic to the positive experience of daily life.

Nishkam High School aims to produce lifelong learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and compassionate contributors to society.”

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Newstead Wood School

“Newstead Wood is a hard working, fun and caring school with a passion for learning and an outstanding record of achievement.
We are exceptionally proud of our students. They are bright and happy young people who enjoy being at school, each bringing unique talents to our community. Newstead students have freedom and security to be themselves, and many opportunities to follow their interests and aspirations. We know them as individuals and support them to grow as thinking young people and active citizens, ready to take positions of responsibility and leadership on leaving school.”

Mossbourne Community Academy

“The late Sir Clive Bourne and Sir Michael Wilshaw believed that the children of Hackney deserved the best and Mossbourne, the realisation of that dream, continues to go from strength to strength. This strength is rooted in high expectations, doing the simple things right and a belief that all children can succeed. A confident and proud Academy is created through a network of strong relationships built on mutual respect and trust. As we move into a new era, with our first primary school from April 2013 and the opening of Mossbourne Victoria Park in September 2014, I will continue to build a community that believes in its future. I am determined to ensure the values, ethos and vision that have made Mossbourne successful, are reflected in both our new schools, ensuring an even brighter future for the children of Hackney.”

Wycombe High School

“Wycombe High School is a highly successful and very popular girls’ grammar school located in the south of Buckinghamshire. The school is housed on a large, attractive site overlooking the town of High Wycombe and the Chiltern countryside beyond. The School achieved academy status on 1 May 2011. We have six forms of entry and take girls from a wide area, from over fifty primary schools, both state and private. We have approximately 1300 girls at the school, nearly 400 of these being in our Sixth Form. There are over 130 members of staff providing the girls with the teaching, help and support they require. Each year, we welcome around 20-30 students who join Wycombe High School’s Sixth Form from other schools.”

St. Leonards Mayfield

“St Leonards-Mayfield School (or ‘Mayfield’, as it is often known), is a leading independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18. Our latest ISI inspection report confirms that the quality of education at the School is outstanding, and Country Life magazine described St Leonards-Mayfield School as, ‘one of the finest schools in the land.’”.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

The spirit of the Olympics lives on at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College: those marvellous medal winning successes we witnessed in the summer of 2012 proved without question how hard work, effort, determination and top quality coaching pay off.

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