Balsall Common primary school wins business award

Howard Rose and Joan Smith with the award
Howard Rose and Joan Smith with the award

Balsall Common Primary School Academy has been named as the winner of the Regional Education and Business Partnership Award at the recent British Chamber of Commerce awards.

The school will now go forward to the national awards ceremony in London on Thursday November 26, where it is up against eight other schools and colleges for the national version of the award.

The award is a fantastic endorsement for all the hard work put in by the school and I’m honoured that we have been nominated.

Howard Rose

It also has a chance to be crowned ‘Business of the Year’ and win £10,000 as a prize.

The school has developed good links with businesses in the town, such as the local Sainsbury’s which displays artwork from the school, and estate agents John Shepherd who allowed children to design its ‘for sale’ signs.

These links allow the schoolchildren to be shown jobs that they might not have otherwise known about, potentially inspiring them to work in a certain field, and the businesses receive more exposure in return.

Howard Rose, the school’s funding and publicity manager, said: “Links with local businesses provide such great opportunities and allow children to think about careers which may not normally have appealed to them as a result of our work.

“It’s easier to inspire a child of seven or eight to aspire towards a new career than a teenager.

“This shows what can be done and how schools can really benefit; the award is a fantastic endorsement for all the hard work put in by the school and I’m honoured that we have been nominated.”

Headteacher Graeme Burgess said: “I am delighted with this result. The links that Howard Rose has forged with local businesses has opened up new and fantastic opportunities for the children in the school.

“To have this recognised locally by the Chamber is amazing.”

The Education and Business Partnership Award is given to schools and colleges that work with businesses to help their pupils understand the working world.