King’s College London
“In June 2015 we were voted the top school in Milton Keynes based on the last three years’ results at both GCSE and A level and we have also received recognition from the Department for Education for consistently achieving outstanding results at GCSE. The Sixth Form has an enviable reputation locally and nationally; 15% of students join us from other schools. Ofsted in May 2016 said ‘ by the end of Year 13 students made above average progress in their A levels.’ The academic side in the Sixth Form is particularly strong. A significant number of students study the Sciences and Humanities at A level and on average 25 students per year study Further Maths.”
The Chalk Hills Academy
“At The Chalk Hills Academy we are aspirational and enterprising people striving for personal excellence and success with a culture of integrity in everything we do on a daily basis. We are an 11-19 academy preparing our pupils and staff to ensure they succeed through a well-rounded and personalised approach. Our stakeholders are very supportive in ensuring we maximise the potential of all pupils in our care.”
St. Columba’s High School
“St Columba’s High School’s greatest priority is to cooperate with you to provide a wide range of opportunities and experiences - educational, personal, emotional and spiritual - for your child. Parents, of course, are the prime educators of their children and we invite you to allow us to help you in that task. We share your values and wish to build on them in the school. As a catholic school, we wish to build on the foundations you have laid and which have been extended so successfully in the primary school. That means extending and developing not only the learning experiences of your child, but also the growth of his/her faith.”
“Expectations of our young people from employers and from Further/Higher Education have never been higher. Our pupils must therefore develop and demonstrate skills, attributes and abilities and secure accredited achievements and qualifications that will enable them to successfully enter the very competitive world beyond school. Working together, school staff, parents and our many partners seek to support and challenge our pupils in this endeavour. We seek to provide a rich and varied range of learning experiences both within and beyond the formal curriculum and indeed, within and beyond the school building, aiming to ensure that the journey is a memorable and enjoyable one.”
“Banchory Academy is a secondary school serving Banchory, Scotland and surroundings, including the neighbouring communities of Raemoir, Crathes, Strachan, Drumoak, Durris, Inchmarlo and Glassel. It currently accommodates roughly 779 pupils.”
Balfron High School
“Balfron High School is a vibrant and caring learning community where the needs and aspirations of our young people are at the heart of our planning and day to day practice. We are committed to preparing our pupils to the highest standards for life beyond school. We do this by ensuring that relationships between staff and young people are positive, productive and supportive.”
Richard Hale School
“The Richard Hale ethos, developed over 400 years and underpinned by traditional values, is one of high expectations in learning, behaviour, participation and mutual respect. We strive for excellence in everything we do, be it academic or vocational achievement, sporting or cultural performance, or the development of leadership and team skills. Our purpose is to educate all of our students to become independent-minded, caring and responsible members of society, equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve economic well-being in a changing world.”
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy
“ur School is first and foremost a Catholic School. All that is planned is done so in the knowledge of Christ’s teaching and all of our actions are carried out in the sure knowledge of God’s love for every member of the community. The School’s work is guided by the highest principles. It is our intention that the Catholicity of the school will be seen in our work with all who come into contact with it.”
“Choosing where to study is a big decision and we’re all different individuals. Our focus is on teaching and learning, giving all students, regardless of their starting point, the best chance in achieving their ambitions. It really is as simple as that. Today, the College has its base in three major areas as well as delivering learning in community settings and workplaces around the District. Our College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, attainment, achievement and progression for everyone in the District. The College is home to over 7,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications.”
Outwood Grange Academy
“Outwood Grange Academy opened in September 2009 as an Academy of Excellence, sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Outwood Grange Academy has founded the Trust to lead the improvement of other schools in the North East of England. The Trust currently sponsors a number of secondary and primaries in the region. Outwood Grange Academy has been a National Training school for nine years and has been accredited as one of the country’s first Teaching Schools.”
Langley Park School for Girls
“Our strapline is ‘Unlocking potential through empowerment’. Our ethos is underpinned by the growth mindset: we believe that our abilities in all areas can be developed through dedication and hard work. In addition to the excellent learning relationships and empowering pastoral curriculum, the school’s huge range of enrichment opportunities and out of hours learning enables LPGS students to become confident, creative individuals.”
“Our mission is to be a beacon of inclusive excellence developing confident, tolerant and enthusiastic young people who enjoy working with others and are ready to influence the world. The mothers and fathers of around 1000 children have entrusted us to ensure that their sons and daughters get the best possible education. We offer high levels of academic study combined with a broad range of co-curricular opportunities, celebrating both cultural and sporting achievement.”
West London Free School
“The West London Free School aims to be one of the best schools in the country, renowned for academic excellence, and capable of giving all children a classical liberal education, no matter what their background.”
“First Actuarial are a growing company who provide advice and administration services to pension schemes and their sponsoring employers. Formed in 2004, we have seen steady and significant growth in our revenue, client base and staff numbers. We employ actuaries, administrators, accountants, IT support staff and developers and other professionals across our offices in Manchester, Leeds, Peterborough, Tonbridge and Basingstoke. The First Actuarial ethos is focussed on highly trained professional staff providing a high quality, cost effective service to clients. We have developed a range of innovative software tools to help us communicate complex issues to clients so they can fully understand the options open to them and make considered and informed decisions. First Actuarial is wholly owned by its Founders and Partners.”
“Coleg Cambria in North East Wales is one of the UK’s largest colleges, with over 7000 full-time and 20,000 part-time students, and has international links covering four continents.”
“Arden is situated in pleasant surroundings in Knowle, Solihull. It is an oversubscribed 11-18 High Performing Specialist Academy. At Arden we pride ourselves on doing the very best for every pupil, helping them achieve their full educational potential as they develop into happy, well-rounded young adults, of whom we can be very proud. In return for doing our best, we expect every pupil to match up to the high academic and personal standards that we set as a pre-requisite for being part of the Arden family. Arden is a place where a child can really flourish and we will do our very best to see them reach their maximum personal and academic potential.”
La Retraite RC Girls’ School
“a Retraite School was founded in 1880, in what used to be known as Clapham Park, by Les Dames De La Retraite. They were sisters who had travelled from France with the aim of establishing a girls’ school in South London. Their religious order had been founded by Catherine De Francheville in Vannes in 1674. They enabled women to go on retreat and thus escape from the burdens of their everyday life, contemplate their relationship with God, and return to their duties enlivened by the intercession of the Holy Spirit. From the start the order had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and this special feast day is celebrated annually at the school. In 1794 one of the La Retraite Sisters was martyred for her devotion to the Sacred Heart. The new French Republic had tried to suppress any interest in this kind of devotion.”
The Royal Hospital School
“The School was founded in 1712 by Royal Charter to ‘improve navigation” through education, preparing boys for service in the Royal Navy. Today discovery, exploration and challenge remain at the heart of our educational values. We encourage our pupils to discover their passions and strengths. We also challenge them to be ambitious inside and beyond the classroom.”
St. Edward’s CofE School & Sixth Form College
“Founded in 1710, we have over three hundred years of history. Guided by Christian values, our school provides a safe, caring and happy environment in which our students can learn play and develop into well rounded young men and women.”
“A school in the Woodberry Down (North Hackney) community for boys and girls aged 11–19, providing a world class education in a state-of-the-art building. Opened in 2010, the Academy is supported by the Skinners’ Company, who are looking forward, with great enthusiasm, to their Academy becoming the heart and the hub of the local community.”
“This is a humane, open-minded school with both feet on the ground, in which the pupils’ all-round personal development is outstanding and academic attainment is high. It is, above all, a happy school which understands the rich inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral.”
Brunel University London
“In 2016, Brunel celebrates 50 years as a university. However, our history can be traced back much further to 1798 through our predecessor colleges of Borough Road College, Maria Grey College, Shoreditch College and the West London Institute of Higher Education and as well as through Acton Technical College then Brunel College. Our rise since 1966 has been impressive and our reputation grows year on year. Now a university of 12,746 students – 3,309 students engaged in postgraduate and research study – our special approach is to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.”
The Grey Coat Hospital
“The Grey Coat Hospital, founded in 1698, is a Church of England school for girls aged eleven to eighteen which is mixed in the Sixth Form. We are a school with strong values, committed to ensuring that each student is known as an individual, develops the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to lead successful and fulfilling lives, and is empowered to do so.”
School of Engineering, University of Glasgow
“We have been delivering world-class engineering education and research for more than 150 years and are the oldest School of Engineering in the UK. The creation of a unified School of Engineering in 2010 provides an exciting environment to study and undertake world-leading research. We offer an exciting range of undergraduate degree programmes that include not only the core engineering disciplines (Aeronautics, Civil, Electronics & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) but also unique specialist degree programmes, such as Biomedical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Electronics with Music and Civil Engineering with Architecture.”
“Our aim at Greenwood Academy is ‘To make our best better’, empowering our students to achieve academic and personal success throughout their educational career with us and beyond. Through building the foundations for life-long learning we ensure that students have the skills, experiences and opportunities to follow their chosen careers delivering personalised pathways of study. We work hard to ensure every student receives individual advice and guidance that will take them through Greenwood Academy, into college or 6th Form and on to university, apprenticeships or employment.”
Wellington College Belfast
“Wellington College is a controlled, co-educational 11-18 Grammar School. The College achieves the highest standards of academic excellence as well as providing opportunities for every child to develop and challenge themselves in every area of their life. The College is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes all children, regardless of religion, race or social background.”
Oldham Hulme Grammar School
“Sixth form life at Hulme enables students to develop new interests, such as Young Enterprise, or to continue with favourite extra-curricular activities to the highest level, as in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Enrichment Programme has something for everyone, with Sports Leadership and First Aid courses, Japanese and gardening. Personal development is enhanced through Community Action or being a Prefect, Form Helper or Academic Mentor. Privileges and freedom are here to be enjoyed in return for high expectations in behaviour, attitude and commitment to study.”
Sutton Valence School
“Pupils have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Valence School since 1576. From then until now, our greatest strength is our community. The relationships we enjoy between staff, pupils and parents allow us to craft an educational journey that is individually-suited to every pupil.”
Stockport Grammar School
“Stockport Grammar School is a three to 18 co-educational day school which recognises the value of each pupil as an individual, and the importance of nurturing every aspect of their personality and potential – intellectual, creative, emotional, physical and spiritual. We encourage all pupils of all ages, backgrounds and religions at all times to discuss any issues or concerns with members of staff, working in partnership with parents to provide each individual with the support necessary to develop confidence and to flourish and thrive in a secure and supportive environment.”
Brooke Weston Academy
“Brooke Weston is an exceptional place to study and work. We have a proud history of educating young people from Corby and Kettering and the ideas and ethos pioneered here have been recognised at a national level. Our examination results demonstrate our unswerving commitment to providing the best quality education that we possibly can.”
Sheffield Park Academy
“The Academy is housed in a purpose built £30 million building, which opened in 2008. After a visit from Ofsted inspectors in June 2013, the Academy was given a “good” grading in all 4 aspects of the inspection framework.”
Minsthorpe Community College
“Our College strives to ensure that each student achieves his or her best from their time with us. Our students get just one opportunity to prepare for adult life – and we know that The Minsthorpe Way prepares our students for a very successful transition to the world of further education or employment. The Minsthorpe Way describes both the journey and the way that we do things at Minsthorpe and central to this are the values Believe Achieve Succeed Enjoy and Support.”
St Bede’s and St Jospeh’s Catholic College
“SBSJCC is a recently established co-educational school founded by the merger of the two single sex Catholic secondary schools in the city of Bradford; the boys school St Bede’s Catholic Grammar school in Heaton and the girls school St Joseph’s Catholic College in Manningham. The college opened in September 2014 and welcomed its new intake of 290 Year 7 students which increased the total of students in the college to over 2000 including over 400 in the 6th form St Benedict’s. This cohort has now moved into year 8 and have been joined by another mixed cohort numbering 290.”
“Bridlington School is a maintained secondary school for 11 - 18 year olds, based in Bridlington. We were judged to be a good school in our most recent Ofsted inspection in May 2013. Our ambition is to become an outstanding school and we are working extremely hard to achieve this goal. We have approximately 850 students on roll and numbers are increasing year on year as our reputation as a centre of excellence grows. In 2013 and 2014 we won a national SSAT Excellence Award for the progress our students made between Year 7 and Year 11. Our 2014 and 2015 Sixth Form results were the best in the East Riding.”
Alderbrook Sixth Form
“We offer a great range of subjects at AS and A Level here at Alderbrook, however our programme is designed to equip you with more than just good grades. For you to succeed beyond the school environment you will need to demonstrate independence, confidence and determination. We want to ensure you are given every support in planning your chosen route past Sixth Form education, whether it is to university, an apprenticeship or full time employment.”
St John Rigby College
“St John Rigby College is a Catholic sixth form college with a distinctive mission and ethos. We welcome applications from all students who respect our mission and who are happy to be educated within a Christian environment. We encourage all students to be the best that they can be. If you study here you will be challenged and supported to achieve high grades in a range of qualifications and to take part in activities designed to help you leave College with the best possible passport to university and employment. St John Rigby College students are successful students! Our continued A Level pass rate of over 99% is above the national average, as are our pass rates for Vocational courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3.”
Lytham Sixth Form College
“Lytham Sixth Form College offers the best of both worlds: all the experience of a traditional A level provider (LSA) together with the technical and professional expertise of an Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding provider (B&FC). That’s great news for students, since they will benefit from a unique learning experience designed to equip them equally for the academic rigours of university and multi-dimensional graduate careers.”
Wycombe Abbey School
“The School has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examination league tables. Wycombe Abbey girls gain admission to competitive courses at leading universities throughout the world. However, pastoral care lies at its heart. As a boarding school, it is home to the vast majority of its pupils. They are all cherished and nurtured to the best of our ability. Everything in the School is done in their interests. Each and every individual matters. We want the best for all our girls.”
Lady Margaret School
“Lady Margaret School is a Church of England academy for girls aged 11-18 in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is an outstandingly successful school in welcoming girls of all academic abilities and ensuring that they achieve their full potential.”
“We are a fully inclusive secondary school serving the community in Bethnal Green and Tower Hamlets. Oaklands is a true reflection of the area and brings together learners, both boys and girls, of different ethnicities abilities and talents. We are very proud of our school and of our learners who not only achieve results well above national averages but also take part in an exciting range of other activities to develop their sense of self-worth, their commitment to Oaklands School, the wider community we serve and the International community we belong to.”
Christ the King Aquinas Sixth Form College
“Our college motto is ‘Ut Vitam Habeant’, which means ‘that they may have life’. We encourage every student to develop as a whole person and to be actively engaged in the College and the community so that they may have life to the full.”
“On the 29th September 1615, King James I signed the Royal Charter which brought Edward Wilson’s school in Camberwell into existence. Four hundred years later and forty years since its relocation to Surrey, Wilson’s is one of the country’s most successful state-funded selective boys’ schools. We warmly welcome you to our website.”
Sacred Heart Catholic School
“Sacred Heart Catholic School is a vibrant and dynamic school with high expectations and great ambitions for every one of our pupils. We believe that discipline, structure and common purpose are solid foundations for success in life and education, and we understand the value of professionalism and innovation in everything we do. We are a Catholic school with very strong moral values and a traditional approach to behaviour and discipline; our pupils understand their rights and responsibilities, respect rules and boundaries and learn to live in honesty and trust.”
Watford Grammar School for Girls
“In a large school the whole community - pupils, staff, parents and Governors - should be aware of what the school is trying to achieve and how that achievement is being planned and organised. Success in achieving our aims and objectives is dependent on the spirit of understanding shared by all involved in the life and work of the school. We are a developing school, continually trying to improve the quality of education we provide.”
St Ivo School
“St Ivo is a large school with extensive facilities for students to enjoy.”
St Columba’s College
“St Columba’s is known for its strong community values. We work in close partnership with parents to provide the supportive care and challenge for boys which enable them to flourish. At each phase of education, Prep and Senior School, we strive for academic excellence, whilst realising that it is whole person education that best prepares boys for the world and workplace of tomorrow. We aim for each boy to achieve ‘his own best standard’.”
“Every pupil is important to us and we are interested in helping each pupil to achieve their goals and reach their potential. We want to celebrate each pupil’s successes both within and without school and so we encourage both pupils, parents and carers to share these successes and achievements with us.”
Chipping Sodbury School
“We seek constantly to improve outcomes for students of all ability levels. One of my main roles is to ensure that high quality and inspirational teaching is taking place in all subject areas and to deliver a curriculum that is both accessible and stretching. Whilst I am pleased with our academic achievements, education is about so much more. At Chipping Sodbury School we promote an environment where effort and curiosity are valued, where persistence and resilience are encouraged and where each student has the chance to realise their potential.”
The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust Young Ambassadors are young people who have completed one of our programmes, and are now in a positive outcome. They can support us as in a range of ways, from speaking to funders, influencing key decision and policy makers and inspiring other young people to get involved with The Trust.
The Angmering School
“We are very proud of our school and what our students achieve. We are always trying to do better and make sure that our students are aspiring to be the best that they can. We are a very inclusive school and we think that all of our students can be successful. We are very good at finding ways of supporting, stretching and stimulating individuals. We know that a young person’s time at our school is a crucial part of their journey to being a happy and successful adult. We make sure that they achieve academically but we also give them a set of wider, richer and forward looking experiences.”
International Study Centre
“Studying at the ISC will develop your confidence, boost your English language skills and give you the academic knowledge you need to succeed in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex, and beyond in your career.”
“Lightcliffe Academy (formerly Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School and Eastfield) is a high school situated between Lightcliffe and Hipperholme in West Yorkshire. The school has academy and sports college status.”
Debating Matters Beyond Bars
The Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition is delighted to be working in partnership with G4S and HMP Birmingham, supported by the Ministry of Justice, on ‘Debating Matters Beyond Bars’. Debating Matters Beyond Bars will see our challenging schools debating competition format taken into HMP Birmingham. Teams of prisoners will engage each other in debate on a series of contemporary social, political, biomedical and cultural debates, encouraging the inmates to think about the world around them, beyond bars.
HMP Birmingham: East Side
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HMP Birmingham: Library
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HMP Birmingham: Council
HMP Birmingham: West Side
HMP Birmingham is a Victorian local prison built in 1849, located in Winson Green near the centre of Birmingham. It is a category B Prison holding 1450 adult remand and sentenced male prisoners.
The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes the Bar’s high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services, fair access to justice for all, the highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and the development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.
“We’re the UK’s largest water and waste water company. Our service area stretches from the eastern fringes of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in the west, through to the western edges of Essex and Kent in the east. Every day, we supply around 2,600 million litres of tap water to 9 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and remove and treat more than 4 billion litres of sewage from 15 million customers. We maintain 20,000 miles of water pipes, 26 reservoirs, 350 sewage works, 100 water treatment works and 68,000 miles of sewers.”
“Jordan’s Solicitors opened nearly 70 years ago. We are a modern and energetic law firm, serving both the business community and private individuals across a broad range of specialisms. Jordan’s Solicitors was the first legal practice in the Kirklees area to be awarded the Law Society’s prestigious Lexcel Quality Mark. This practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards.
Jordans Solicitors Wakefield has run its own sixth-form debating competition for schools and colleges since 2011, aimed at encouraging life skills in analysis and public speaking while engaging young people in contemporary social and political issues. From 2015, Jordans adopted the Debating Matters format and invited DM Judging Partners The Leeds Salon to work with them to help develop and run their competition. Jordans competition involves a series of qualifying rounds held in the autumn leading to the final, which this year will be held at The Hepworth Wakefield on 6th December, and which is also the Wakefield Qualifying Round.”
The Hepworth Wakefield
“With over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London. The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.”
Transport Systems Catapult
“The Transport Systems Catapult is one of ten elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. We were created to drive and promote Intelligent Mobility – using new and emerging technologies to transport people and goods more smartly and efficiently. We are helping UK businesses create products and services that meet the needs of the world’s transport systems as they respond to ever-stretching demands. We help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world’s most pressing transport challenges.”
Campaign for a Free Parliament
A campaign to elect independent MPs to Parliament.
“The UK parliament is no longer fit for purpose and we have developed proposals to improve it. The starting point will be to get many more independent MPs elected.”
At YO! Sushi we believe in Living Fast and Eating Well. Our mission? To bring colour into a pretty grey world as life is too short to eat boring. The UK’s number one Japanese restaurant we serve up the freshest sushi this side of Japan, delivered on our rock and roll conveyor belt.
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“London-based Visual Editions launched in 2010, with the aim to create new kinds of story experiences. Now six books, a magazine series and multiple creative partnerships old, we’ve been nominated for quite a few awards, given talks around the world, and even hailed as leading cultural entrepreneurs by the Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund.
We’re proud to have all of our books as part of The Art Institute of Chicago‘s permanent collection, to see Wayne McGregor give new life to our second book,Tree of Codes, as a contemporary ballet, and to be working with the very talented people at Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney on Editions At Play, a space for books powered by the magic of the internet”
Oneworld is an award-winning independent publishing house focusing on stimulating non-fiction and literary fiction. Now publishing over 100 books a year, Oneworld has retained its founding commitment to the old-fashioned principles of great writing, editorial excellence, high production values, and marketing flair, to produce books that are read by the intellectually curious all over the world. Oneworld has won the Man Booker Prize, the Pushkin House Prize, the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, among others. You can learn more at https://oneworld-publications.com/
Black Theatre Live
“Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change nationally for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic touring theatre through a sustainable 3-year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development.
The initiative is a partnership of Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) & Key Theatre (Peterborough).”
“A quirky mixture of hard practical information and commentary on one hand, to the most interesting houses and the best tabloid gossip on the other, the selection of material ensures The Week has a clear editorial voice and spirit of its own.
At the heart of the magazine is news, both UK and international, accounting for nearly half of the pages. Other sections covered include leisure (food, wine and travel), the arts (theatre, cinema and book reviews) and the City (financial commentary and a regular sharewatch). The Week is a combination of information and entertainment, delivering everything from briefings about important topical issues, to what happened in The Archers.”
Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy
“Our objective is to be a flagship Academy where every pupil not only achieves their full potential but also feels an integral part of the organisation. An Academy where no child feels lost and no child is left behind. An Academy where the bonds between parent, teacher and child are so secure that failure is not an option. The unique community that we have built ensures that young people achieve their ambition in a caring environment where they are the centre of all that we do.”
The Fan Museum
Situated in the heart of historic Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fan Museum is the only museum in the UK devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan.
Notting Hill Editions
Notting Hill Editions is the publishing imprint devoted to the best in non-fiction essay writing. With 46 titles published to date, our reputation is built on presenting big ideas in pocket-sized and beautifully produced hardback books.
The biennial Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize is amongst the richest in the non-fiction world with a first prize of £20,000 and £1,000 to each of 5 runners-up. The 2017 prize is open for submissions at www.nottinghilleditions.com/essay-prize
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“Techniquest’s mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences. Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating programmes and exhibits, and our staff includes leading experts in science communication. We develop and sell programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world. Techniquest offers interactive experiences that are accessible to all, and that have been enjoyed in its centre by over 4 million people since its inception in Cardiff in 1986.”
The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery, and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.
Established in London in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Foundling Hospital was the brainchild of the pioneering philanthropist Thomas Coram, who counted among his supporters the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Museum contains the Foundling Hospital Collection which spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, furniture, artefacts and ephemera. The Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia and an internationally important research resource. In addition to displaying the Collections, the Museum hosts three major temporary exhibitions a year, smaller displays, artists’ commissions and projects.
Biteback Publishing is Britain’s leading publisher of political and current affairs books.
BBC Focus Magazine
“BBC Focus is the UK’s best-selling science and technology monthly.
With contributions from leading academics and popular scientists alike, the magazine offers a distinctive and entertaining take on the fast-moving world of science, introducing readers to cutting-edge technology and the latest ideas from the world of research.
In every issue you’ll find features on everyday science, the amazing breakthroughs affecting our future, must-have gadgets, space exploration and more. Plus there’s the weird and wonderful in our popular Q&A section, and jaw-dropping photography providing a new perspective on our world.”
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Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield
“The HRI supports cross-disciplinary collaborations by running workshops and networking events, liaising with research centres, hosting visiting fellows, and providing a venue for conferences and seminars”
Teamworks Karting operates three indoor karting circuits, in Birmingham, Halesowen and Letchworth, and one laser tag arena in Letchworth. Teamworks boasts the UK’s fastest indoor karts and huge, exciting tracks ideal for all ages. They are the highest rated karting experience on Trip Advisor for the central region.
Brighton Pavillion and Museums
“The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. The Royal Pavilion started as a modest 18th century lodging house. Architect Henry Holland helped George, Prince of Wales, transform his humble seaside retreat into a handsome neo-classical villa – known as the Marine Pavilion.
In 1815 George, by now Prince Regent, hired the eminent architect John Nash, to redesign the building in the Indian style. The work was completed in 1823 by which time George had become King. It is this building, an instantly recognisable symbol of Brighton, which we see today.”
“Canterbury Cathedral is Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. It is the home of a community of people who seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, beauty and holiness. We hope you will be inspired to visit Canterbury and the Cathedral and we look forward to welcoming you.”
Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes
“With loads of jumping, dropping, laughing and screaming obstacles, this course is the BIGGEST High Rope Adventure course in the South of England; It has a Junior Course and an Adventure Course!
There are loads of challenges from the gentle to the truly adrenalised! So prepare your family for an EXTREMELY great time!”
Shay Agnon High School
Shay Agnon High School was established in 1995. The school has both junior high and high-school divisions. Its campus includes 16 buildings, which are not higher than two floors, in order to give each age group a sense of privacy. In addition to the classroom buildings, there are also an administration building, a library, science, computers and robotics laboratories, a dancing studio, an art workshop and a gymnasium. The school is committed to excellence and aims to promote both Jewish and universal human values. They actively encourage our students to achieve the best they can, by giving both stronger and weaker students the learning tools that ensure realization of their potential. In addition, they encourage their students to be involved in the community life and volunteering is an intrinsic part of their educational vision.
“Grove Theatre, situated in Grove Park, Dunstable is a 780 seat regional theatre which first opened its doors to the public on 21st April 2007. Following this, the Grove Theatre was officially opened in July 2007 by the Duke of Gloucester and has since played host to over 2500 events. The Grove Theatre is a cultural hub of entertainment for the people of Central Bedfordshire and the wider region, providing a dynamic space for the enjoyment of a broad range of challenging, professional live entertainment and high quality cinema screenings; the encouragement of individual development through creative learning programmes for all ages; and the hosting of a diverse range of community and business events.”
Atid Lod High School
Atid Lod High School for Sciences is a magnet school for students who want to enrich their knowledge and broaden their horizons in Sciences. The school population is comprised of gifted students from all over the district seeking a good foundation to enter the academic world. Students have the choice of majoring in Physics, Computer Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Arabic. The school has become a powerhouse, leading and participating in community, national and international projects and competitions, training coaches. Their students have represented Israel as national team members at the European & World Championships and Youth Forums since 2001. Model United Nations - 15 years of participation in the project held at the American International School, lauded by the Best Delegation title three times and The Certificate of Merit acknowledging the school contribution to the project, including mentoring students from periphery and chairing committees.
Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK. The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning Festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. Some highlights of the five Festivals include premieres of Björk’s three-week Biophilia residency; director Robert Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, starring Abramović, Willem Dafoe and Antony; The xx performing in a hidden city centre space for audiences of just 60; Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth; Alice in Wonderland inspired wonder.land with music by Damon Albarn, and FKA twigs’ Soundtrack 7 residency where audiences observed the artist’s creative process at close quarters.
“From our base here at Cherwood Nursery, in the Bedfordshire hamlet of Chawston, we are commercial growers of chillies, herbs and vegetables. Our product range includes chilli plants, fresh, dried and pickled chillies, along with our own gourmet range of fiery sauces and salsas. Our nursery and restaurant is also a destination for thousands of people participating in our scheduled cookery classes and chilli experiences. You can find and buy our products right here on our website or at farm shops, delicatessens, farmers markets, food and wine shows, and specialist chilli companies throughout the United Kingdom.
We developed a passion for Mexican and Tex-Mex food while living in San Antonio, Texas in the early 90’s. In 2001 after moving back to the UK, we began selling chilli plants at local car boot sales, and soon after set up our first production kitchen making a variety of spicy chilli sauces. We purchased Cherwood Nursery in 2007. Since our arrival we’ve erected six polytunnels, built a log cabin for hosting events, a new commercial kitchen for making chilli sauces, and a café restaurant. Today, all cooking and growing activities are now consolidated here at Cherwood Nursery and we are open to the public who can come and pick more than 100 varieties of chillies in the PYO poly tunnel, or sit down for a bite to eat in the restaurant.
We’re passionate about chilli peppers, gardening, and great food and we enjoy hearing your gardening and cooking ideas and experiences.”
The Roman Baths
“The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The Roman Baths attracts around one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.
In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. This is the first phase of an on-going programme of development that will take place over the next seven years.
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Scudamore’s Punting Company
Scudamore’s Punting Company first introduced pleasure punting to Cambridge in the early 20th century.
Remaining true to Jack Scudamore’s original vision, we work to ensure that the River Cam can be enjoyed by all, offering traditional boating services to residents and visitors alike.
We pride ourselves on our warm welcome, unrivalled service and have designed our services around you. Treat yourself to one of our award-winning Cambridge tours or explore the river yourself on one of our punts, kayaks or Canadian canoes.
Please visit www.scudamores.com for more information.
“A ‘Zorb War’ will see you take on your friends at a series of challenges. All of these challenges will require participants to wear one of our body zorbs (inflatable ball as a body suit) and are designed to provide maximum carnage!!!
Bubble Football is a craze that is sweeping the nation, but we have decided to put a spin on things.
Whilst Bubble Football in itself is enjoyable, we believe that there is even more you can do in one of our top of the range zorbs. Try out activities such as Zorb Bulldog, Bubble Duel, Bulldog Smash and many more”
See more information at: http://www.zorbwars.co.uk/
House for an Art Lover
“Set within the magnificent grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café, multipurpose artists studios and magnificent visitor attraction into one unique and inspiring venue.
Originally designed by Mackintosh as an elegant country retreat for a person of taste and culture, today, more than 110 years later, House for an Art Lover exists to stimulate public interest in art, design and architecture. Through its studios, exhibitions, scholarships and access to learning for all ages, it has widened Mackintosh’s original vision to make House for an Art lover a house for everyone.”
Kielder Observatory is a public outreach astronomical facility located in Kielder Forest, in some of the darkest skies in Europe and the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world.
“Located in Northumberland, England. the observatory is situated just a few miles from the Scottish border high upon Black Fell near James Turrell’s Kielder Skyspace. The site was chosen as one of the locations in the UK which has the least amount of intrusive light pollution.
The primary function of the observatory is outreach via public events. Our goal is to bring in members of the public of all ages from school children in primary school and upwards with an aim to engage in discussions and observations of the Universe. We do this in a way that is friendly, informative and interesting through our amazing team of astronomers, guest speakers and volunteers.”
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
“The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
Kew Gardens is one of London’s top visitor attractions and Wakehurst, our second garden in West Sussex, is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
Over the past 250 years Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has made innumerable contributions to increasing the understanding of plants and fungi with many benefits for mankind.
Our science and conservation work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, safeguards the world’s plant life for our future and promotes the sustainable use of plants.
Kew’s mission is: ‘to be the global resource for plant knowledge, building an understanding of the world’s plants upon which all our lives depend’.”
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.
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Horniman Museum and Gardens
“The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising learning attraction in South London’s Forest Hill. With world-class galleries of natural history, musical instruments, world cultures, an aquarium, themed gardens and more – there’s so much for your students to explore. Handle and study real museum objects in our curriculum-linked, enquiry-led sessions: from African masks and Indonesian musical instruments, to a real mammoth’s tooth!”
To find out more visit us at: www.horniman.ac.uk
Glasgow Tigers Speedway
“Glasgow Tigers is the West of Scotland’s only professional speedway team and one of only a handful of motorsport venues in
We compete in British Speedway’s Premier League, which consists of thirteen teams. The twelve other clubs are the Berwick Bandits, Edinburgh Monarchs, Ipswich Witches, Newcastle Diamonds, Peterborough Panthers, Plymouth Devils, Redcar Bears, Rye House Rockets, Scunthorpe Scorpions, Sheffield Tigers, Somerset Rebels and Workington Comets. The Tigers season runs from March until October. There are 12 home matches and 12 away matches during the regular season which runs until the end of September. The Tigers also compete in the Knockout Cup and depending on league position the end of season playoffs.
Our owners Gerry and Michael Facenna bought the Tigers in 2015 and are committed to building a club that will become an important part of the local community.
The Tigers race at the recently redeveloped Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, a superb venue for live motorsport in the north of Glasgow. The club has been crowned Premier League champions on three occasions, most recently in 2011. 2016 will be our seventieth anniversary!”