School of The Year

In 2017, BW3 piloted a new project, ‘School of the Year’. The inaugural school – Benchill Primary – has benefited from a range of extra business led support.

This has included the provision of design and marketing expertise, and development of a fun careers event called ‘What’s My Line?’

We also established a mentoring project where our 6th form student mentees themselves mentored students at Benchill Primary School, to help ease the transition from their last year in primary education to the start of high school.


  • Foreign Language translation  –  BW3 members offered to translate the school prospectus and other written material that goes home with pupils to support the school’s diversity.  We had volunteers offering translation in Polish, Italian, Arabic, Urdu, Kurdish, Akan/Twi-Fante, Ghana.
    These volunteers also attended the school to take part in group ‘chats’ to enable the pupils to talk to someone in their spoken language, to give them the opportunity to have help with their English or just to be able to express themselves in their own language.  This enabled the school to support their students and make them feel part of the school environment.
  • Marketing support – the school asked for advice on the best way to market their pre-school/nursery provision
  • Reading bench – in conjunction with Read MCR
  • World Book Day – two events
  • Street Advice – free events with local organisations offering financial, wellbeing, housing and legal advice for parents
  • What’s My Line – showcasing different careers
  • Numbers at Work – maths workshop
  • School Mascot – wooden carving donated by a member business
  • Lowry Theatre – school drama workshop
  • School governor opportunities for members
  • Greater Manchester Police experience – the students were able to see horses, riot police and police vehicles.
  • Mentoring for year 6 students

Would your primary school like to be our next School of the Year?

If it is based in M22 or M23 postcodes, please download the form and return to us.