The Stamford Endowed Schools have been a part of our town’s community for five centuries. The Schools and the town are inextricably linked; the Schools offer both direct and indirect benefit for businesses, local residents and pupils in other schools, and in turn draw the majority of their pupils from Stamford and the surrounding area.
Our relationship is one of partnership. Often, these partnerships go unnoted and unremarked – but by drawing these examples together, and
showing the impact that they have, we can identify new ways of working with our partners, to the benefit of us all.
Stamford Schools in the Community
Over the course of the year, we undertake many hundreds of activities, partnering and supporting our town of Stamford and the surrounding area. These include dozens of academic partnerships, ranging from the provision of teaching of French, German and Spanish to pupils in Years 5 and 6, to supporting lifelong learning by providing venues for the University of the Third Age, and running our own lectures series, open to all. We get involved in the life of our town, and our staff, pupils and parents make collections for charity.
Each year the respective school committees chooses a local, a national and international charity for the individual schools to support. This year more than £12,000 has been raised so far, alongside this we have other non-monetary collections such as food for Stamford Foodbank and clothing and toiletries for the Friends of Chernobyl Children, through the year. All school Forms are asked to carry out fundraising activities to raise money, with a smaller selection of pupils and a number of staff involved in helping out at events such as the Evergreen Care Trust Summer and Christmas Tea Parties and Charity Rock concerts, as a few examples.
We have a number of speakers each year, often linked to the charities supported and with the aim of educating students. This year speakers have included:
- Dementia Friends
- Sue Ryder
- #TeamFell (Mrs Fell)
- Matt Hampson (Matt Hampson himself)
Partnership with Local Businesses
Wherever possible, the Stamford Endowed Schools work with local companies and suppliers who are based within 30 miles of Stamford. In 2017/18, we spent more than £1.7 million with our top 20 local suppliers. We work with numerous other local businesses on additional projects, and we are a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce. We invest, too, in the workforce of the future, providing placements for students from Brooksby Melton College as part of their supported placements scheme.
Looking to the future
Our work with our local community is vital to our purpose. We want to:
- Expand and develop the partnership and outreach projects that we undertake with local primary and secondary schools.
- Support local businesses by choosing to work with them wherever possible, providing practical support through organisations like the Chamber of Commerce, working with Stamford Town Council, and promoting our town centre and local businesses to our stakeholders.
- Support the broader community by providing access to facilities and opportunities for lifelong learning.
- Raise money for charities that support and enrich our community.
- Listen to our community when there are things that we can do better, and do everything we can to be a good neighbour.