Southgate School

Southgate School's Partnerships

Our Partnerships: an overview

We take great pride in our Futures Programme which encompasses the work we do with our extensive network of partners. Each of our partnerships contributes to and enriches our curriculum offer for students and form an integral part of our unique and inspiring learning environment.

The excellent education our students receive should have one ultimate aim. That is that each of them will use this education to find fulfilment through work and being a worthwhile part of our society.

This department, through the curriculum, drop down days, events and the experiences it provides has the vision that students will leave our establishment and contribute to the economy and to society as a whole in a manner that is progressive and forward thinking.

 For this reason, the Futures Programmes and our Partnership arrangements support the core values of the school by:-

  • inspiring students by offering a wealth of exciting and challenging opportunities to learn about the world of work and to hear from industry experts with the aim of making career choices and life choices suitable for the 21st century.
  • giving our students the opportunity to fulfill their ambitions and satisfy their curiosity about career pathways by facilitating contact with local and national employers.
  • having dedicated curriculum and tutorial time to allow all students to develop an understanding of the ever-changing world in which they live, developing the skills necessary to take an active role in their community and managing their life effectively.

Business Partnerships

Working with and responding to the needs of our local community is held in high regard at Southgate School. Local employers lend their support to our students in a multitude of ways to help equip them for future employment opportunities.

Amongst the organisations that are unflinching in their continued support of our school and attend a number of school based events are Leyton Orient, Southgate and Barnet College, Lovell Construction, CITB, Sainsburys, Bank of Cyprus, College of North East London, Sensible Staffing, RAF, the British Army, Enfield Council, Sporting Futures, BITC, Stuart Miller Solicitors, the Cabinet Office, Big Creative Education and Transport for London.

Lovell Construction

Since the time Lovell had their head offices based in Cockfosters almost 15 years ago, they have partnered with our school on a range of projects. Changing the perception of the construction industry and facing challenges such as encouraging more females into this line of work meant that Lovell looked to local schools to join forces with. We have been lucky enough over the years to partner with them on a range of medium and short term projects. The results of which have seen students enter this industry on apprenticeships and undertake work experience to better their understanding of how this industry has and will continue to change in the coming years. Our stand out success form this partner is a student who recently graduated as an architect after working with Lovell and we were lucky enough to have her come back to school last year representing Lovell at our careers fair.

Bank of Cyprus

This well-known local business supports our students in many ways by offering guidance at our careers fair and taking up to five students at a time each year for work experience and has done so for many years. Their corporate social responsibility extends to personalising the work experience programmes they offer our students and working closely with the school to ensure each student has a successful outcome while on placement.

Sensible Staffing

This local based recruitment company are able to provide advice and guidance to our students through their attendance at our careers fair and on Futures Day. Their experience in recruitments makes them best able to offer advice about job applications and interview technique. They specialise in placing candidates on apprenticeships and have recently offered a school leaver an apprenticeship in business administration.

As a result of working with our partners over the years, we consistently achieve 0% NEET (not in education, employment or training). We believe that by engaging with local and national businesses, students are well prepared to make decisions about their post 16 choices and coupled with the careers education they receive through the curriculum, are ready to make the next steps at 16 and 18 and go onto fulfil our vision of making life choices suitable for the 21st century.

The Future

Much change is occurring in the local area. The developments taking place in the east of the borough, led by Meridian Water, will provide a vast array of employment opportunities for years to come. Already in contact with Meridian Water and the local council, we have pledged to work closely with these partners in ensuring that our students are not only aware of the employment prospects this development will bring, but also understand the pathways into careers such as civil engineering, e-commerce, construction, retail and leisure.

A growing area of interest among our students is that of technology and the digital industry. To enhance their learning on their GCSE and Level 3 ICT and Computer Science courses, the school has recently formed a partnership with Google as part of their Googleserve project. Our students are able to hear directly from employees of this powerhouse in the digital industry about their work and more importantly about what it takes to enter this growing but competitive industry. To enhance this further, we have again recently formed a partnership with Inquisitive Service, a local company who specialise in working with young people to develop their IT and digital skills. Our Computer Science students have welcomed learning about creating apps through a programme called the ‘App Factor’.

We are constantly seeking to grow our partnerships with local and national businesses and to achieve this we hold an annual business breakfast to which we invite small, medium and large business organisations to hear about the work we do with our students and to learn more about how they can support and enhance our curriculum. Since its inception, our business breakfasts have enabled students to enjoy work experience placements, hear directly from employers about their careers through subject talks, participate in work place visits and learn more about post 16 and post 18 pathways.