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Partnerships


Since Brian Davies began his corporate partnership scheme, both his school and local businesses have benefited, with the Jobs and Careers Fair (above) among the big successes. Below: Brian with a corporate partner at the school AstroTurf


BENEFITS FOR ALL


By asking local businesses for support, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School has created an additional income stream, says development director Brian Davies


W


e are a selective state school in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, with


academy status. Founded in 1527, we currently have 1,294 pupils; this will grow to over 1,400 in the next three years due to a continuing expansion of Year 7 and our Sixth Form. We are committed to providing inspiration and excellence. However, the ongoing uncertainty of government funding means we have had to be proactive in generating new revenue streams to deliver on this commitment.


In our favour is the fact that the


reach of our school network today is vast – and this is an attraction for business. Five years ago, we began developing a programme of engagement with the local business community in the form of a corporate partnership scheme. The idea was to build support from a network of businesses in a way that would mutually benefit corporate partners and the school community. The scheme was officially


launched in 2017, though we recruited 12 businesses ahead of this to create credibility. Each company


Student artwork exhibited in a professional gallery run by a corporate partner


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