A PRIMARY school headteacher has praised his colleague for helping to secure the title as regional winner of the British Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Partnership Award.
Graeme Burgess, head of Balsall Common Primary School, was delighted with the award and thanked the school’s funding and publicity manager – Howard Rose – for the excellent links the school has built with local businesses.
The Chamber Awards, now in their 12th year, are one of the highlights of the business calendar, and showcase the pivotal role local businesses play in the UK’s continuing growth story.
Balsall Common Primary School Academy has introduced a wide range of initiatives in order to give its pupils the best possible education.
Howard Rose 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.
“The governing body of the school is forward thinking and embraces the changes we have made in order to make the most of these connections.
“Operating more as a business has actually enhanced the educational opportunities for the children and standards have remained high.
“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.”
Graeme Burgess added: “I am delighted with this result.
“The links that Howard 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 school will now go forward to the national finals on Thursday (November 26) at The Brewery, London, where one national winner will be awarded the accolade of ‘Business of the Year’ and will walk away with a £10,000 cash prize.