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News: Fantastic Five go Platinum

Posted on: August 15th, 2008

Five of Rotherham’s schools and colleges have set a new standard by becoming the first ever recipients of a Platinum Award for enterprise education.

The newly developed Platinum Award for Excellence in Enterprise Education from the University of Warwick was presented to the first ever infant, junior, secondary, special school and further education college – all from Rotherham – as part of a special celebration organised by Rotherham Ready.

Rotherham Ready is an Enterprise Education programme backed by £1.4 million of funding from main sponsors Yorkshire Forward. The project involves all Rotherham schools and colleges and aims to engage all young people, aged four to 19, in developing enterprise skills.

Jackie Frost, Project Manager for Rotherham Ready said:

“These five schools and colleges are the first ever to achieve this new award for excellence in enterprise education.

“It is a ringing endorsement for the exceptional standard of work that Rotherham schools, teachers and students have reached. Schools in Rotherham have embraced enterprise and are committed to equipping all young people with the skills they will need to thrive and innovate in tomorrow’s world. We are extremely proud – these new platinum awards demonstrate once again that Rotherham is leading the way in terms of enterprise teaching and learning.”

Herringthorpe Infant School, Thorpe Hesley Juniors, Wickersley School and Sports College, Hill Top Special School and Dearne Valley College all achieved the new standard.

Malcolm Hoare, Regional Director, Centre for Education and Industry Regional Office from the University of Warwick who will present the award said:

“This is a first for Rotherham and a first for enterprise education in England. Rotherham Ready is setting a standard for others to aspire to.”

“The award is celebrating what is good about schools. Through Rotherham Ready enterprise education has become organic.”

The event was hosted by two Year Five pupils from Thorpe Hesley school who greeted guests and got the event flowing by introducing speakers and helping to hand out the awards.

Jackie Frost said:

“We were so proud of the pupils and the way in which they accepted this challenge. They really showed what an inspirational and aspirational place Rotherham is.”

To achieve the award education providers have to be assessed by a team from Warwick University who look at the organisations business plan for delivering enterprise education for the next three years and to demonstrate where they are now with enterprise education. This is an award for organisations who take a rigorous approach to enterprise education and embed it into the core of the school/ colleges ethos.