The Lowry is a registered charity committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. We present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike.
At the heart of our work is a commitment to our local communities and young people. Tapping into the work on our stages and in our galleries, we offer thousands of free creative participation opportunities each year. We are passionate about nurturing talent, developing creative professionals of the future and raising aspirations.
The Lowry is home to the world’s largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry. A large selection is on display in our permanent exhibition alongside other works on loan from private collections across the UK.
Allerton High B
“Our school motto is ‘Enabling young people to achieve success’ and this underpins everything we do. Our new purpose built building will be opened in September 2008 and this will provide an outstanding learning environment in which to work. The state-of-the-art facility will then match the school’s very good examination results, the quality support and guidance and wide range of extra-curricular activities we provide for our students. In summary, Allerton High is all about providing opportunities and achievement for all our young people so they achieve their very best and go on to contribute significantly as learners in different contexts and as members of the working world”.
Leeds Beckett University (Headingley Campus)
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The Scottish Parliament
Ilkley Grammar School
Kingsley School Bideford
Kingsley School is best described as a close-knit community, a school which helps children come out of their shell, develop friendships with other students, deepen their confidence and achieve their best academic performance. Students at Kingsley have the sensation of living and learning in a family setting rather than in a staid, distant institution. Furthermore, Kingsley positively encourages students to develop close friendships within and across year groups, building strong connections which often go on to last a lifetime.
“King’s is one of England’s great independent schools, with a reputation for delivering outstanding education for more than five centuries. We are both an academic school, with outstanding results, and a school that offers a broad education with a remarkable range of extra-curricular opportunities and experiences. Importantly, ours is a nurturing environment, which produces happy, well-rounded children. King’s is a diamond model school, educating children from 3 - 18 years, through a successful blend of single-sex and co-education, and a vibrant curriculum that is designed to keep pupils engaged, challenged and eager to learn. We aim to challenge our pupils to aspire, work hard and achieve great results. Our pupils are confident and independent young people who are fully prepared for the challenges of the future. When they leave, they go on to study at the universities of their choice and excel in their chosen fields.”
Stanwell School is a co-educational foundation status comprehensive school and Sixth form college located in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales for children aged between eleven and eighteen. The school is located in the town of Penarth, 5 miles south west from Cardiff. The school has approximately 2,000 pupils on the roll in years seven to thirteen with a thriving sixth form. Specialist teaching accommodation has been provided for science (featuring eleven modern laboratories), drama, music, media studies, P.E. (including sports halls and a playing field), Information Technology, Art and Design Technology
Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre
Wyedean School, overlooking the Welsh border near Chepstow, is a popular, oversubscribed school in the area, drawing students both from Gloucestershire and Wales. The school opened on its present site in 1976 and grew to around 1250 students with a very successful Sixth Form of around 300. In 2011 the school became a stand-alone academy convertor but still continued to work closely with its networks in the Forest of Dean, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire. Wyedean School has always been very heavily engaged with the local community ensuring a very strong relationship supporting parents & carers as well as community groups. The catchment area for the school is truly comprehensive with areas of high affluence, social housing and the local army base, the home of 1st Rifles battalion. The school prides itself on the calm and purposeful learning atmosphere around the campus as a key feature of the “Wyedean Way”.
Holy Trinity Academy
The mission of Holy Trinity Academy is to create and sustain an inclusive and outstanding learning community for all, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, in which all will aspire to excellence in learning, teaching and care for one another, and all will achieve and grow as unique individuals made in the image of God
“Holyport College is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 – 19 years. It has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted in all categories (June 2017).
It opened in September 2014 as a brand new state funded school in Holyport, Berkshire – one of the new ‘free schools’. Entry is in both Years 7 and 9. Our Sixth Form opened in September 2017.
Holyport College aims to provide an outstanding all-round education. Eton College is our sole educational sponsor and therefore brings its educational and pastoral expertise to Holyport College. Eton has supported and helped to shape the school prior to its opening by taking a leading role on the Governing Body. Now the school is open, Holyport pupils are able to use some of Eton’s facilities, particularly for sport and also to join in educational activities at Eton (for example attending speaker meetings in the evenings and working on specific educational initiatives for the benefit of pupils of both Colleges).”
Mill Hill School
“Mill Hill School was founded in 1807, when its founders wisely chose its location on the top of a hillside for its fresh air, safety and natural beauty. Mill Hill’s family of schools offers co-education from ages 3-18. We develop thoughtful, motivated and responsible young people with a global outlook. Our pupils are excited by the challenge of learning; we help them to thrive and find their own path to happiness and success through the range of opportunities presented by the Mill Hill School Foundation.
Mill Hill School and Mill Hill International are boarding and day schools for pupils aged 13-18.”
The Wilma-Rudolph-Oberschule was founded in 1994 as a comprehensive school with gymnasiumer upper-school on the grounds of the former Berlin American High School. As of 2014, all intermediate years are parts of the Integrated Secondary School (ISS).
The Schadow-Gymnasium is the oldest high school in Berlin’s Steglitz-Zehlendorf district. Our nearly 1200 pupils are accompanied by about 130 teachers on their path of learning and personal development.
Cardinal Wiseman School
The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School community lives by our motto “All things for Christ”. Our students are loved and challenged; commitment towards their spiritual, academic and personal growth is unwavering.
Oxford International College
Private Tutorial College in Oxford preparing UK and international students for entry into the best universities. Excellent teaching and boarding facilities. Full-time A-level study, retakes, summer courses, revision and more.
Kendrick School is a high achieving selective school for girls aged 11 to 18. It is a specialist school in Science, Mathematics and Languages. Over the years Kendrick has built and maintained an impressive record of the highest academic standards and achievements. It is now acknowledged as being amongst the very best state schools in the country. Kendrick is proud of its superb reputation and also the opportunities it affords its students to participate in an all round education where their thirst for knowledge and love of learning is nurtured in a secure and caring environment. Kendrick aims to celebrate and value the traditions of the past and the challenges of the future. The school combines the virtues of a traditional grammar school while confidently embracing modern approaches to teaching, learning, technology, management and leadership.
The Cherwell School
“The Cherwell School is A Centre of Opportunity where, as a community of individuals, we are committed to and enthusiastic about creating and using opportunities to their fullest extent. This is so that students, staff and members of the wider school community can enjoy success and be well-equipped for the future. We are an outstanding school and we know we can further extend and enrich what we do.”
St. Edward’s School
St Edward’s is a refreshingly different kind of school. The deliberate emphasis on a broad range of academic abilities on entry means that the community fizzes with diverse interests and enthusiasms. At the upper end, 90% of our top pupils gain the highest grades in their Sixth Form exams and take up places at the world’s best universities – a record which exceeds the outcomes of many highly selective schools.
DLD College London is an independent fee-paying sixth form college situated in the heart of London overlooking Westminster and the Thames River. There are 440 students at the college, some of whom are preparing for A Levels, some studying for their GCSEs, and some studying for BTECs and International Foundation Programmes.
University of Liverpool
Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre
Immunocore is the world’s leading T cell receptor (TCR) company, a global biotech striving to transform medical practice in the most challenging disease areas.
Harris Westminster Sixth Form
Harris Westminster Sixth Form, which opened in September 2014, combines the strengths of Westminster School in teaching academically able students with the Harris Federation’s experience in establishing and running outstanding maintained sector schools across London. Our academic offer, ethos and approach to learning are all highly demanding and present a challenge and opportunity to able students who are keen to make the most of their potential. We are academically selective: successful applicants spend two years with other able and ambitious students being stretched in lessons and provided with encouragement and opportunity to extend themselves out of lessons so that they are fully equipped to gain places at, and then succeed in, the top universities in the UK and abroad.
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Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products. Collins, and imprints Letts and Leckie & Leckie, publish a full range of textbooks, digital resources, revision guides and teaching support for Secondary and Further Education colleges with particular strengths in English, Maths, Science and Sociology.
Russell & Bromley
Russell and Bromley is a leading British contemporary fashion brand with a rich heritage that dates back over 100 years, providing some of the finest and most desirable collections of women’s, men’s and children’s footwear plus handbags and belts through their 44 shops. A voucher from Russell and Bromley will give you the chance to purchase something of your choice to take home with you.
‘One of south-west London’s most forward-thinking playhouses’ - Time Out
Only 10 minutes by train from Waterloo to Earlsfield, Tara Theatre is a unique fusion of East and West.
Our brand new state-of-the-art theatre houses a main theatre auditorium, a Studio, a welcoming foyer bar, and a relaxing patio-garden.
Bringing together artists and audiences under the shade of our tree. Step through the Indian front door into a world of colour, where the small is global. Tara Theatre’s 100 plush seats surround an earth floor for actors to weave their magic on. Its Studio offers opportunities for intimate rehearsals, small events and meetings, while its outdoor Patio - flanked by railway sleepers - lets in light and air in safe surroundings. Tara Theatre is home to a world of stories, from the classic to the new. https://www.tara-arts.com/
Krowd Keepers; the brain child of Gazzo, started in Key West Florida in 2011. We relocated the theatre to Bath Spa England in May 2014 and have been busy ever since. We teamed up with Paul & Sarah at the Ale House Pub which is now the only magic venue in Bath.
We select only the best magicians to perform for us at Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre. Our magicians are full time professionals who have performed all over the world.
The King of Castles, Bamburgh has dominated the North East coastline in ever grandiose forms culminating in the coastal fortress we find today. The cradle of Christianity in England it has a rich and diverse history, including being the first castle in England to fall to canon fire! Today it is one of the North Easts most visited and photographed castles. Open throughout the year it welcomes thousands of visitors into its fourteen State Rooms and to enjoy the amazing views from the battlements and grounds. There’s an events programme with living history, theatre and musical events. Visit the website at www.bamburghcastle.com for details
Bullsh!t London are London’s finest purveyors of nonsense and whimsy. Offering factually inaccurate walking tours of London packed with genuine Bullshit, after all, London is one of the most incredible cities in the world, why should it’s tours be credible? Established 2013 and 3 times voted one of Time Out London’s ‘Top 101 things to do in London’.
Dennis Severs’ House
Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields is more than just a time capsule. It is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives. It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th Century world.
With breath-taking views of London, the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide and the UK’s highest freefall abseil, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the country’s most exciting viewing platform.
Journey 114.5m into the clouds and explore London’s famous skyline from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Enjoy stunning views of up to 20 miles, including St Paul’s Cathedral, the O2 and Wembley as well as a birds eye view of the iconic London 2012 venues.
And what goes up, must come down! Those who are brave enough can ride The Slide, a hair-raising experience that’s not for the feint-hearted. Hold on tight through the twists, turns and drops of the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide as it weaves its way through the iconic red steel frame of the UK’s tallest sculpture. Travel through the 178m long slide at speeds of up to 15mph as The Slide loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking visitors through gentle curves, thrilling drops and a tight corkscrew named ‘the bettfeder’ – bedspring in German.
Daredevils won’t want to miss out on the exhilarating descent of the UK’s highest freefall abseil. Hold your breath as you step over the edge of the iconic red steel of the ArcelorMittal Orbit before taking the plunge and making an 80m adrenaline-fuelled journey to the ground.
Or you can take the stairs or the lift – it’s up to you!
London Loo Tours
London Loo Tours in London’s original walking tour of public toilets. Tours provide an entertaining overview of the history and politics of London’s loos, covering topics from how the romans wiped their bottoms to the public health implications of sanitary development. Along the way guests will see iconic London through a new perspective, taking in some of the cities quirkiest conveniences.
Lace Market Theatre
We are a small amateur theatre, located in the centre of Nottingham. The theatre has a good reputation for its varied programme of modern and traditional drama, comedy, and occasional musical, produced to a high standard by our members.
Go online for details of upcoming shows and information on how you can get involved!
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is leading the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary culture through a diverse range of art and artists. Centrally located in Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, our gallery is open six days a week and free to enter.
We have a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional emerging artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. We work with a wide array of partners to provide audiences with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals and events. As the only non-profit organisation in Europe to specialise in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture we are uniquely placed to explore the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future.
The Whitworth is part of The University of Manchester. It is home to internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. Created in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has developed a new vision for the role of a university gallery. A creative laboratory within an ambitious university, the Whitworth is a place where good, unusual things happen.
The Whitworth re-opened to the public on 14 February 2015 after a major £15 million redevelopment by architects MUMA. The Whitworth has welcomed over 700,000 since re-opening, and more than doubled its previous annual records. The redevelopment has doubled public space and created state-of-the-art new facilities including expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, learning studio, and a collections centre.
The Whitworth redevelopment is just one part of an ambitious Campus Masterplan that will see The University of Manchester invest £1 billion over to create a world class campus for staff, students and visitors. The gallery was crowned Art Fund Museum of Year 2015, nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize, named Best Emerging Cultural Destination in Europe, and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit England, continuing to establish itself as a leading cultural destination and housing an internationally significant collection of art. www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth
The Canterbury Tales
Nestled in the heart of Canterbury since 1987, our long-running and well-loved visitor experience encapsulates Chaucer’s famous tales in an authentic and engaging way. We have truly stood the test of time, as the attraction remains a must-see experience for domestic and overseas visitors to Canterbury!
Only in Brighton Walking Tours
Only in Brighton! is a 90-minute fact-filled and tongue-in-cheek walk around the main sights and hidden corners of the city. For the visitor, it is an insider’s introduction; for the hardened Brightonian, a revelation and celebration.
Sheffield United FC
Sheffield United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in League One, the third tier of English football. The football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, and are nicknamed The Blades due to Sheffield’s history of steel production. The club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is currently an all-seater ground with a capacity of 32,609.
Sheffield Wednesday FC
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a professional association football club based in Sheffield, England. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Formed as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867, they went by the name of The Wednesday Football Club until changing to their current name in 1929. Wednesday are one of the oldest football clubs in the world of any code, and the fourth oldest professional association football club in England, excluding clubs with informal or disputed foundation dates. The Owls, as they are nicknamed, have won four league titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one FA Community Shield.
Escape Game Brighton
The game is simple. You and your team are trapped inside a room and you have 60 minutes to escape. During that time you will have to work as a team and use a combination of logic, intuition and good old fashioned detective work to figure out the solution of how to escape. Live escape games are becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment around the world.
Tick Tock Unlock
Tick Tock Unlock is an exciting real life escape game designed for small groups of 3-6 players per room. Suitable for family and friends, team building events and students and classes. With locations in Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool, Tick Tock Unlock is fun for all ages.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
“iFly Indoor Skydiving is where the dream of flight becomes a reality in our purpose built vertical wind tunnels. The exhilirating feeling of being weightless with no strings attached and being able to fly (with an instructor by your side at all times) is truly amazing and a feat that is normally only performed when jumping out of a plane. We believe that anyone from 4-104 can fly in our tunnels and to further excite the young minds that often come and fly with us, we also run STEM workshops which teach young people more about how the physics of flight actually work.”
One of England’s greatest treasures, Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation, where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourishes.
Accessible only by guided tour and seen from sinuous paths winding up a steep wooded hill, the West Cemetery is home to the most impressive architectural features of Highgate Cemetery: the Egyptian Avenue, Circle of Lebanon, Terrace Catacombs, the Chapel and the Julius Beer Mausoleum.
The Place Theatre
The Place Theatre, Bedford is a thriving community theatre presenting a varied programme of professional touring theatre productions, film and music and very high quality shows by local voluntary companies.
St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College
“St Dominic’s came into existence initially as a Convent School for Girls on the Mount Estate in Harrow-on the-Hill in the 19th century. The school was established in 1879. The Dominican Nuns led by Mother Catherine Philip Bathurst OP were carrying out a direct request by Cardinal Manning, the Archbishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, to have a Catholic Girls School in Harrow. The Dominican nuns were committed to creating the opportunity for girls to have a good education and access to higher education. “
Ruislip High School
“Ruislip High School opened its doors in September 2006. The school converted to academy status in 2014 and has been graded outstanding in both Ofsted inspections it has received. Our vision is to ensure that we build upon our excellent foundation and continue to provide students with the very best secondary education available.”
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.”