FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

Cronton Sixth Form College

“Ensuring that every student reaches their full potential is at the heart of everything we do and our results and high grades are testament to the outstanding work of our students and staff. In summer 2014 we celebrated exceptional A level results with a 99.2% pass rate and 80% high grades, and 100% vocational pass rate with 72% triple distinctions and distinction star grades. In addition, an independent ALPs (Advanced Level Performance System) study of added value ranks the college as ‘excellent’.”

Yarm School

“Although a young school, Yarm School embraces many of the traditions and features found in the best independent schools. Founded by a group of parents, the School has always greatly valued close liaison with its families, seeking to bring out the best in each individual child. It offers small classes, taught by very well qualified teachers who are passionate about their subjects. It believes strongly in high quality pastoral care and in the value of extra-curricular activity.”

Hill House School

“Hill House School is an independent day school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 18, with small classes and approximately 600 pupils.We achieve the top GCSE results in the district, and sports achievements at national levels, with many distinctions in other areas. We pride ourselves in being able to bring out the potential in all our children. I hope very much to be able to welcome you to our school so that you can appreciate at first hand its remarkable family atmosphere.”

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

“The college has its origins in the Brighton Proprietary Grammar and Commercial School, founded in July 1859 at Lancaster House, Grand Parade. The school continued as the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. It opened on its present site in 1913. In 1914, not long after it opened, the school was requisitioned for use as a military hospital. The current sixth form college was formed in 1975 following reorganisation of secondary education in East Sussex. There are two sixth form colleges (BHASVIC and Varndean College) in Brighton and Hove. BHASVIC draws nearly 40% of its students from East and West Sussex, the remainder living in Brighton and Hove.”

Beverley Joint 6th

“Beverley High School and Beverley Grammar School established the Joint Sixth Form over thirty years ago and since then we have provided high quality post-16 education to thousands of young people. We are proud of the academic traditions of the Joint Sixth Form and of the successes of our sixth form students. The Beverley Joint Sixth frequently achieves the best A Level results in the area. Our students secure places at a wide range of universities and go on to pursue very successful careers.”

Meden School

“We are committed to academic excellence and many features on the following pages will reflect that excellence. At Meden, we are ambitious for our students and keen to ensure that they are thriving in a vibrant academic environment which provides pace, challenge and support. We place an emphasis on the development of skills alongside knowledge so that our students become active and independent learners, prepared for both further education and for their place in an increasingly global society.”

Montsaye Academy

“Montsaye Academy is a vibrant and active school community where learning and achievement, in their widest sense, are viewed as the core purpose of our work. It is also a caring and supportive environment in which children can become adults, unafraid to make mistakes, flexible enough to overcome obstacles and ambitious enough to be extraordinary not average.”

Penguin

“Penguin Books is a British publisher. It was founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon (Indian secretary of UK), and Allen’s brothers, Richard and John, though Allen was the dominant figure in the company. John died in service in 1942 and Richard later sold his share to Allen before the company went public in 1961 as a line of publishers The Bodley Head, only becoming a separate company the following year. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence. Penguin’s success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on politics, the arts, and science. Penguin Books is now an imprint of the worldwide Penguin Random House, formed in 2013 by the merger of the two publishers.”

Greggs

“Today, Greggs has over 1,600 shops. And, although we’re a national business, we’re rooted in our local communities. That means, as well as our national range, we also enjoy selling much loved regional specialities. We still bake our delicious bread every day in our own regional bakeries. Our bakers are meticulous and they understand that baking a great loaf is all about precision, timing and experience. Quality is a priority and the people with the friendly faces you see behind the counter at Greggs, expertly make our tasty sandwiches in store every day, using our own fresh bread. And our legendary delicious golden sausage rolls and pasties are all baked on the premises in small amounts, throughout the day, for maximum freshness. Greggs is constantly growing but each and every shop stays true to its origins and remains as good as it was the day it opened. Our food is made with high quality, wholesome ingredients. Our daily fresh sandwiches and freshly baked savouries ensure that we deliver an ‘Always Fresh. Always Tasty’ experience to our customers.”

Financial Times

“The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 744,000. FT’s digital subscriptions surpassed print circulation in 2012 and now account for 70% total circulation. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic. FT.com is now used by two thirds of the world’s top 50 business schools.”

Time Out London

“Founded in 1968, Time Out has become the authority on entertainment, events, and everything that’s happening in the most exciting cities in the world. Reaching more than 39 million people, in 89 cities, in 38 countries every month, through a range of different media channels, Time Out is providing its readers with everything they need to know to make the most of their cites.

Cities can be amazing places: Time Out is here to guide you through them, help you share the best bits, and enable you to do more of what you love…as well as tempting you to try something a little different.

The Time Out Card allows you to make the most of London for less. Access to an exclusive events programme, including private dining, gigs and much more. Deals on cocktails, champagne and wine in some of the city’s best bars. Discounts on dining at over 450 restaurants across London. Discounts at over 75 musicals and plays. Invitations to free pre-release film screenings. Invitations to free Theatre shows. Savings at cultural venues, museums, galleries and attractions. 10% off Time Out Daily Offers – Every day for the whole year. And a free digital subscription to Time Out.

The London Oratory School

“Founded in 1863 by the Fathers of the Oratory, The London Oratory School is one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic state-funded boys’ schools. Girls are admitted into the sixth form. Importantly, in partnership with parents, the School aims through a Christ-centred curriculum, to develop young men and women of faith, good character, strong intellect and generous spirit, who will be able to move confidently into the world and who will use their talents and gifts to lead and serve others. Our four tenets of scholarly attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and service remain at the core of day-to-day activities.”

Wimbledon BookFest

“Bookfest is a charity with large volunteer input. It was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane, and has grown from 1,000 visitors to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children enjoying the festival last year. Any money raised is ploughed back into its education work with Merton schools and the development of the festival. Central to BookFest is the desire to bring literature to the heart of the community and the community to the heart of literature.”

National Library of Scotland

“The National Library of Scotland is the world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.”

Index on Censorship

“Index on Censorship promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain and beyond. Through its award-winning magazine, online journalism and though campaigning and advocacy, Index today fights for free speech around the world, challenging censorship whenever and wherever it occurs.”

“Index on Censorship magazine, available through Sage in many university libraries, has a 43-year archive of articles about freedom of expression around the world, including the anti apartheid movement, coverage of the dictatorships in South America and censorship of writers by the Soviet Union.” Buy a digital subscription here

Index on Censorship is available in most universities libraries via Sage or can be downloaded on iTunes.

Oxford Ice Rink

“The rink offers fun for all ages and abilities, from general skating, disco, family and mother & toddler sessions to skate training and ice hockey. Facilities include the rink, meeting rooms, party rooms and The Terrace Cafe with free Wi-fi.

Our ice rink is right in the heart of Oxford, just a 10 minute walk from Oxford City centre and railway station.

This ice rink which was refurbished in 2012 is brought to you by Oxford City Council, in partnership with Fusion, a highly experienced sports and active leisure services provider. As a registered charity, Fusion continually reinvest to improve and develop what’s on offer in your community.

Come and enjoy a great day on the ice.

We offer a varied timetable with time allocated for the public, skate training and ice hockey. The rink is also home to the National League Ice Hockey Team the Oxford City Stars.”

Exciting Game

“If you would like an unusual, exciting hour while you are staying in Oxford, you must visit us and we will guarantee you an hour of unique excitement. Family program, excursion with friends or team building? Whatever you wish!

You have 60 minutes to solve the mystery, to accomplish the mission and find your way out of the room that has been set up as a crime scene. Each and every small detail and object in the room is part of the game. But everything what you need is coded and hidden. It is important to inspect every detail. Do not overlook anything!

But watch out! The room also contain hidden traps that may deceive you.

You don’t need anything else, but your capability or surveillance, your logic and teamwork.”

Reali Haifa

Ramot High School

National Motorcycle Museum

“The West Midlands is a truly the spiritual home of British motorcycle manufacturing with Birmingham being responsible for Norton, BSA and Ariel and Coventry for Triumph, Rudge-Whitworth and Francis-Barnett. The National Motorcycle Museum is home to over 850 loving restored machines, the largest collection in the world.”

Off the Fence Theatre Company

Off the Fence Theatre Company creates and tours engaging and contemporary theatre. Their latest production Girls with Balls by Alison Dunne will be performed at Curve Theatre, Leicester on 1 & 2 May as part of Curve’s Inside Out festival.  After these performances Girls with Balls will be developed further to tour the UK in 2016. Off the Fence are also working with writer Azma Dar to develop Stranger in the Kitchen for a UK tour in 2016/17.

Off the Fence Theatre Company created and now run Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s first pub theatre. Two seasons of brave, engaging and inspiring theatre, comedy and spoken word are programmed over two seasons every year.

Dance City

“Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world class dance performances and somewhere for all to come along and get involved in dance. People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance. This all takes place under one roof, in our purpose-built dance-house, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Established for over 20 years Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, which exists to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the region. We present a regular programme of dance performances from contemporary to ballet, world to breakdance bringing leading North East, British and International dance to Newcastle. We also commission original new works, which premiere in our theatre.”

Anglican International School Jerusalem

Yachad Modi’in

Kadima Mada

Ankori

The Capsule Building, The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University

Shepherd Neame

“At Shepherd Neame brewing is both an ancient and a modern art. Our beer’s main ingredient is still the same water that we used in 1698. But some of the systems we employ could only be products of the 21st century. Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer - and while 1698 is the Brewery’s official founding date, there is clear evidence that its heritage pre-dates even this period. It is currently a successful, award-winning business.”

Sage Gateshead

“Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.

The Sage Gateshead building is a North East landmark, known for its perfect acoustics, architecture and live music.’

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

“Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by artists from around the world, bringing new art to new audiences.

It offers opportunities to emerging and established artists to present work at critical points in their careers and audiences the chance to see the stars of tomorrow today.”

Much Ado Books

“Much Ado Books is an award-winning independent bookshop situated in Alfriston, East Sussex.

Named Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2007 by the British Book Industry Awards, just three years after opening, we continue to offer excellent service as well as a tempting choice of books.

We try to stock a range of new and old books by and about the Bloomsbury Group of artists and authors, which included Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and Maynard Keynes among its members; Charleston, the group’s East Sussex home, is just a few miles away.

In December 2012 The Guardian named us one of the top indy shops in the country – we were emmensely flattered!”

The People’s Theatre

“The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country.

We stage up to 12 productions a year in our own theatre’s newly refurbished 500 seat main auditorium and a further 3 in our 90 seat studio.

Every show we do is produced entirely by our own members - on stage, backstage and front of house.

We have always taken great pride in working to professional standards. Indeed, many of our members have gone on to be actors, technicians and set designers in the professional theatre.

Being a genuine community theatre places us in the unique position of being able to offer to people from all walks of life the experience of participating in any aspect of theatre: from costume design to publicity, or just to sit in the audience and enjoy the show!”

The Melange Chocolate Shop and Cafe

“Melange Chocolate Shop & Café is based in Peckham and was created in 2008 by Isabelle, an artisan chocolatier. We infuse spices, herbs, fruit, flowers, seeds, tea & coffee into first grade belgian chocolate to create unuasual chocolate bars and unique flavour combinations.”

Kettle’s Yard

“Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery next door that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. We host a variety of workshops, talks and events for all ages to extend the understanding and enjoyment of the collection and exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard. Music has been a part of Kettle’s Yard from the beginning. You can listen to some of the best musicians around in the beautiful setting of the house at Kettle’s Yard through our Student Lunchtime, New Music and Chamber concert series.”

Fudge Kitchen

“At Fudge Kitchen we’ve been hand-crafting our original special recipe fudge for over 30 years using traditional methods and a lot of love. You’ll find our fudge devilishly different. Made with whipping cream instead of butter it’s smooth, soft, creamy and delicious.”

Harry Specters

“Harry Specters is a Cambridge based craft chocolate company with a value: “Great Product Great Cause”. Since starting out two years ago, they have won 4 awards for their great products, including a three star gold Great Taste Award also known as the ‘Oscar’ of the fine food industry. Harry Specters’ ‘Great Cause’ is providing employment, training and work experience opportunities to young people with autism. 60% of their profits go toward improving lives of people with autism. They also won two awards for their ‘Great Cause’ last year. These awards mean that a company can be a business and yet work for a social cause that brings a positive change to people’s lives.”

Manchester Jazz Festival

“In 2014 mjf had in excess of 60,000 attenders visiting the Festival Pavilion site in Albert Square alone, with hundreds more listeners at the various concerts throughout the festival. In 2015 we will be celebrating the 20th Manchester jazz festival.”

People’s History Museum

“People’s History Museum in Manchester reopened in March 2010 after a £12.5m redevelopment project. The museum, under the strap-line ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’ examines the story of how ordinary working people have joined together to improve their lives, most crucially in the struggle for democracy.”

The Day

“The Day is daily digital news written for the whole family to understand. Get to grips with the issues behind the news and debate the questions in the headlines. You’ll have full access to our site with over 3,500 articles and features linked to curriculum subjects and news topics: brilliant for homework and research, and the perfect way to keep on top of what’s going on in the world.”

Cambridge Food Tour

“Cambridge Through The Eyes Of A Foodie

Imagine strolling through Cambridge passed colleges which look like they are made out of sugar in the bright sunlight, wandering through quaint passages set around the historic Market Place, getting your culture kick at interesting museums and art galleries or spreading out your picnic in one of the many parks or commons. English food is often labelled as uninteresting and bland, but nothing is less true! The local food scene is peppered with interesting flavours from locally sourced produce and brewed ales, delicious food influenced by immigrants and exploring the world many years ago. Join us on one of our Cambridge Food Tours to discover the fantastic local food! We start in the historic centre of Cambridge and move to areas, which many people never get to see. The Cambridge Food Tour has an intimate knowledge of Cambridge, it’s food suppliers and the restaurants, bars, cafes and market vendors that present their fare. Cambridge really is a food lover’s heaven. Join us on one of our Cambridge Food tours and taste and experience Cambridge in a different light!”

Mattioli Woods plc

“We are one of the UK’s leading providers of wealth management and employee benefit services, advising over 6,000 clients with assets under management, administration and advice in excess of £5 billion. By building long-term client relationships, our aim is to provide trusted advice, high service standards and personalised delivery. We provide integrated services for individuals, embracing pension consultancy, with a strong specialism in self-invested personal pension schemes and small self-administered pension schemes; personal investment and estate planning. For corporate clients, we provide a comprehensive range of employee benefits services. The key difference between Mattioli Woods and many of our larger competitors is our hands-on, tailored approach to financial advice. There is a genuine focus on providing the highest level of personal advice and maintaining close relationships with all clients, which has led to high levels of satisfaction, retention and referrals.”

The Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is one of the country’s leading regional theatres, hosting the best in musical theatre, comedy, music, drama and new writing.

Kent County Cricket Club

“In 1847 The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence made history and became home to one of England’s best known cricket clubs - Kent County Cricket Club. The ground is also one of the regions foremost conference and events venues with a fantastic selection of suites available for hire for all kinds of corporate and private occasions. The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence has a capacity of 15,000 and since it’s foundation in 1847, four One Day International matches have been played there increasing its profile as a cricket venue.”

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

St Mary’s has a long and distinguished history and a very modern outlook. We are a strong and welcoming community of students and staff and are committed to the highest standards in teaching across the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses we offer. In addition, we have a vibrant research culture and environment. The campus is steeped in history, being set in the grounds of the original Strawberry Hill House, a world famous example of the Gothic Revival style.The leafy, self-contained campus also includes modern and well-resourced teaching blocks, accommodation, a Learning Resources Centre and sport facilities.

Canterbury Christ Church University

“For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University has been a big part of the Kent community, providing education which makes a real and positive difference to people’s lives.”

Institute of Directors

“At the Institute of Directors, we have been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. As the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, we are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.”

Barbican

“The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.”

The Kings of Wessex Academy

“s one of the leading schools in the South West, The Kings of Wessex Academy strives to provide a first class education for all. We have high expectations of our students and work hard to provide the opportunities and support needed to enable them to reach their full potential. In 2014, 88% of students in Year 11 achieved five or more A*-C grades, which compares very favourably with the national average of 68%. In addition, the percentage of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths was 72%. 2014 also saw an A Level pass rate of 99.4%, and over a third of all the A Level grades awarded were the top grades of A and A*.”

Redruth School

“Redruth School is first and foremost a local school, taking pupils from its surrounding primary schools and from all of its communities – nurturing them, showing them what they can achieve and giving them the tools to go out and take on the world. Every year our students do just that – some go on to higher education and some go into employment, some stay in Cornwall and others go away – but whatever path they choose, we hope that the school has helped them to develop their talents to the full and that they’ll leave with good memories of their time here.”

UCAS

UCAS’ aim is to help learners make informed choices that are right for them; guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process. UCAS processes over 2.5 million applications every year, for some 650,000 prospective students across the UK and beyond; helping them gain access to more than 370 UK and EU universities and colleges. UCAS also run several specialist application services – UCAS Teacher Training, UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service) and UCAS Conservatoires. Another important area is carrying out research, consultancy and advisory work for schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies and commercial businesses. Data collation is an important part of our work, allowing us to provide advice, insights and statistics to our partners and stakeholders.

Bradley Stoke Community School

“We are proud of our innovative teaching methods and dynamic curriculum which are designed to meet the needs and reflect the individual aspirations of our students.  We aspire to maintain our forward-thinking approach to learning, complemented by a sense of tradition and academic rigour.  We strive to balance this energetic approach to developing life-long learners with consistently high expectations about behaviour, appearance, mutual and self-respect”

Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre University College London

Bentham Main Lecture Theatre University College London

Christopher Ingold Auditorium University College London

Alleyn’s School

“Alleyn’s is one of the country’s leading HMC co-educational day schools, committed to achieving academic excellence within an ethos of strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curriculum. This fully holistic approach to education aims to support and nurture every individual pupil, enabling each to fulfil his or her own potential while making lasting friendships and enjoying life to the full.”

Sir William Perkin’s School

“Our Vision here at Sir William Perkins’s School is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each girl leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving her full potential, taking with her sound values, a breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world!”

Farringtons School

“One of Kent’s leading independent co-educational day and boarding schools, Farringtons offers high standards of academic teaching, a wide variety of extra-curricular pursuits and excellent pastoral care within a caring and supportive Christian environment. The School provides a balanced academic, sporting and social curriculum that encourages each pupil to fulfil his or her own potential and become a confident, responsible and successful member of society. We recognise that each child is an individual and we aim to promote the development of all-round talents, whether academic, creative or sporting, so that our pupils leave us well-equipped to deal with the challenges of higher education and beyond.”

Harris Academy Beckenham

“We are now in our fourth year of conversion to a sponsored academy, and we are going from strength to strength! As you can see from our website, our ethos of Scientific Enterprise is having a significant impact on the learning experiences our students are being introduced to and is contributing to the enrichment curriculum within and beyond the classroom>”

King’s College London Mathematics School

“King’s College London Mathematics School has just opened its doors to its first cohort of students. We are proud that the Secretary of State for Education, Nicola Morgan MP, officially opened the school on 22 September 2014. We aim to increase substantially the pool of high attaining and well trained young mathematicians in this country. We will do this first by recruiting intensively among young people with mathematical curiosity who currently have limited access to high quality sixth form provision, and second by providing them with a curriculum which will offer challenge, creativity and excitement.”

David Game College

“Established in 1974, David Game is an independent college that aims to promote the joy of knowledge and learning while simultaneously maintaining the sharpest possible focus on the demands of the public examinations.  Our founder David Game insists on the teaching of traditional skills and on students understanding the importance of giving attention to detail.  We have an excellent track record of turning around previously under performing students who benefit from the small classes, close monitoring system and exam-focused approach.  The College closely tracks the examination board specifications to ensure that tutors are following the current model and options and to see that all aspects of the syllabus are covered.  Homework is set regularly and students improve their examination technique through regular timed tests.”

Salesian College Farnborough

“As an independent Catholic grammar school for boys aged from 11 to 16 years with a Co-educational Sixth Form, our aim is to send a young person out into the world who is confident, comfortable with themselves and all those round them, a good Christian, an honest citizen, a decent person and well-equipped to take their place in and make a significant contribution to society. Students from other denominations and faiths are welcomed and play a full part in the life of the College.”

Boston College

“Every year, the College welcomes some 8,000 students through its doors. About 1,500 of these study with us full-time, up to 200 are International students from across the globe and 200 more are studying at a Higher Education level.  Our part-time students vary from school leavers and apprentices to adult learners and degree students. You can study courses with us during the day or evening, in Boston or Spalding or even in your workplace.”

ARK 6th Form

“ARK 6th Form East Sussex is a joint 6th form for students from ARK William Parker and Helenswood Academies, with students joining from other local schools. ARK 6th Form East Sussex has a long and proud tradition of achieving A level success for students from across Hastings and Rother. In the summer of 2014 students at ARK 6th Form East Sussex achieved a 98.4% pass rate – this follows their 98% pass rate in both 2013 and 2012. Best of all, the proportion of students achieving the sought-after A* grade rose to 45.5%, up from 30% last year.”

The Crest Academies

“We believe that good schools bring out the best in every individual child in their care. We aim to work with every child as an individual, to address their unique needs, to nurture their talents and to develop their personal ambitions. We ensure that every student is known, valued and understood. We have many responsibilities for the young people in our care, the greatest of which is ensuring that each student graduating from The Crest Academies has opportunities and choices for their own future. We offer unique provision. Parents who have both boys and girls can send their children to us, knowing that they will receive the same quality of teaching and be exposed to the same values. Nevertheless, boys and girls are educated separately. Research shows that schools that provide single-sex education have some powerful advantages over those that have mixed-gender teaching. In addition, we know that our local community supports single-sex education and we aim to be a school at the heart of our local area.”

King Solomon Academy

“Our goal is to provide all pupils who attend KSA with the choice at 18 years of age to go on to university and begin a successful career. We are creating not only a school, but a community of pupils, parents and teachers brought together by their shared dedication to doing whatever it takes to achieve success.”

Evelyn Grace Academy

“We opened in 2008 and moved into our award-winning building on Shakespeare Road in 2010. The academy offers a rigorous curriculum and a broad enrichment programme and our staff work tirelessly to support and nurture our students’ talents. We believe that all our students can achieve excellence and that they deserve the very best teachers and resources to reach their potential. Our caring environment values achievement and we insist on tolerance and mutual respect.”

ARK Globe Academy

“Academies are publicly funded, independently governed schools. Each academy has a sponsor, in this case ARK Schools, which has a master funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.  Each of ARK’s academies also has an individual supplementary funding agreement. Globe Academy is operated by ARK Schools”.

ARK Elvin Academy

“Our school motto is magna aude which means dare for greatness. We believe that all of our pupils, staff and all members of the school community should be provided with the opportunities they require to achieve greatness and realise their ambitions. We do this by embodying our four core values: integrity, courage, community and mastery.”

Sacred Heart Catholic High School

“When our foundress, St Madeleine Sophie Barat was nearing the end of her mission to educate girls in 1800, she said that she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart ‘for the sake of one child’ and in many ways this simple message still encapsulates our school today. We see each and every girl as a unique individual with talents and gifts we must nurture and develop in the years she spends as part of our community.”

The King Edward VI School

“We are a high school situated in the town of Morpeth in Northumberland. We serve both the town itself and the areas of Coquet and Wansbeck Valleys. We provide for over 1400 students from years 9-13 and have a thriving Sixth Form of around 500 students. We are one of the top ranking schools in the North East of England for academic achievement. With specialist Arts, Technology and Leading Edge status, we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive and truly comprehensive school built on traditional principles and high standards. Amongst our educational accolades we hold Arts Mark, International School, Healthy Schools and Investors in People Awards.”

Durham School

“Durham School is committed to providing a first-class all-round education for all its girls and boys, regardless of background, gender, religion or culture, in a friendly and supportive community in which all our pupils are able to develop their talents (both academic and non-academic) to the full. We believe that girls and boys who are encouraged to work hard, to play hard, to take advantage of all the School has to offer and to look after each other will be in a good position to face the next stage of their lives with quiet confidence.”

Harris Academy South Norwood

“Our Academy is an active part of the community. We have a strong commitment to seeking and valuing the views of parents and carers who have formed an active parent council to share in the development of the school. I believe we can further develop the work of the Academy together, as a beacon of excellence for girls and boys at the very heart of its community.”

Braes High School

“Braes High School is a non-denominational, fully comprehensive six year school situated in the Reddingmuirhead area, which is approximately 4 miles from Falkirk. We receive pupils from Avonbridge Primary School, California Primary School, Drumbowie Primary School, Maddiston Primary School, Shieldhill Primary School and Wallacestone Primary School.”

The Lakes School

“The Lakes school is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive community school. We are situated in a corner of the UK which is unparalleled for its beauty, cultural opportunities and quality of life. The campus itself is set in close proximity to Lake Windermere and is surrounded by the Cumbrian fells. At The Lakes we see ourselves as a school community, committed to excellence through our caring, learning environment.  We encourage our students to participate fully in all aspects of school life, knowing this will enrich their education and allow them to become successful students. We believe that these elements combined have made The Lakes School one of the most successful schools in the county.”

Newcastle School for Boys

“Newcastle School for Boys is the north east region’s only independent school providing education for boys only aged 3 to 18.  We are situated in Gosforth, a leafy suburb just north of the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. When it comes to learning, there is a set of characteristics that boys display.  And as a boys school, we tailor that learning experience in small classes to meet the needs of boys. A small school of around 400 boys, we know each boy well both as an individual and as a learner.  We use these factors to ensure each boy makes the most academic progress possible and achieves as highly as he can. An excellent education is not just about exam results as important though they are.  We also develop boys and young men of excellent character who leave us with a set of skills and qualities to support their continued success and happiness in life beyond school.  This emphasis on personal development is supported by a rich sporting and co-curricular programme full of opportunities.”

Addey & Stanhope School

“Addey and Stanhope is a school with high standards where all children can learn and where staff are committed to developing children as individuals. The children call it ”their second family”. Addeys is a small, caring, inclusive school where all students are known as individuals and where their particular skills and talents can be developed to the full. We offer a rich curriculum both in school and through extra-curricular activities, drawing on resources in the local community and further afield. Addeys is a school where education is valued and all achievement is celebrated and built upon.”

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, Cognition Institute (Babbage Building)

Plymouth University’s Cognition Institute brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines including experimental psychology, cognitive science, cognitive robotics, computational modelling, biology, cognitive and social neuroscience, bio-medicine, the humanities, brain imaging and the creative arts. It is rapidly becoming a leading centre for trans-disciplinary research into human cognition.

The Institute is involved in many ground-breaking international research projects as diverse as studies of bilingualism in child development, an automated visual system for fish species recognition and the investigation and development of advanced robotic therapies for children with autism. The Institute is also home to a new multi-million € doctoral training programme, CogNovo, funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and Plymouth University to foster research training in the emerging field of Cognitive Innovation

The Literary and 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

Teesside University is proud to welcome back Debating Matters for 2015, following a successful event at its Middlesbrough campus last year. The University and Debating Matters share the same aim of encouraging young people to realise their potential and develop their confidence, thoughts and ideas from an early age. Teesside University strives to be a caring, fair and supportive institution and values open communication, creativity and the contribution of individuals. These values fit well with Debating Matters and the University is delighted to provide a venue where young people can feel empowered and voice their opinions on important issues. Teesside University has a regular and very popular programme of engagement for young people from local schools, colleges and community groups.  With first-class facilities and an ambition to foster passion, energy and excellence in the next generation of higher education students, Teesside University is looking forward to welcoming the Debating Matters audience.

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.”

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