In 2017, BW3 piloted a new project, ‘School of the Year’. The inaugural school – Benchill Primary – benefited from a range of extra business led support. This included the provision of design and marketing expertise, and development of a fun careers event called ‘What’s My Job?’ 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.
After receiving glowing feedback from Benchill Primary school about the benefits they gained by working closely with BW3, building firm relationships with business members to take forward for the future, we made School Of The Year one of our core offers and opened this up to high schools too.
Following a successful pilot at Newall Green High School in 2018 we rolled out High School of the Year to be awarded through an application process open to all Wythenshawe schools to apply for every May. BW3 works with the successful school to create and develop initiatives to support the school, as well as building a programme of support to be delivered by local businesses.
How can businesses get involved?
We are actively seeking volunteers who can support career events, mentoring, offer expertise and time for initiatives delivered to pupils and their families.
As we come to the end of the school year and our time as the BW3 “School of the Year”, we can reflect on what an amazing experience it has been for our children. We have had so many opportunities and support from so many people and we have made some fantastic memories that we know will stay with our children forever.
Helen Eken Benchill Primary School Headteacher