Invesco Hosts Schools Partnership Meeting

Representatives from all the primary and secondary educational settings in Henley were invited to come together for a ground breaking partnership meeting last Wednesday at Invesco. Staff attended from Badgemore and Trinity Primary Schools, Rupert House and St Mary’s Preps, Gillotts, Shiplake College and Henley College under the banner of Education Henley.

Education Henley is an exciting partnership which has been established between the state and independent primary and secondary settings in and around Henley, working together and with local clubs, charities and businesses in the town for the benefit of the children and in support of the local community.  The meeting was hosted by Claire Myers, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sponsorships at Invesco, and the attendees heard from Daniel Bausor and Emma Levy who are leading the ‘Make Henley Shine’ project to light the bridge as well as from Laura Law, Chair of the Henley Youth Festival. Daniel Bausor and Emma Levy spoke about how the ‘Make Henley Shine’ project could help to revitalise the town and educate on the history, geography and environment surrounding the bridge, as well as the planned charitable grants to help children and young people in Henley to shine in the broadest sense. Laura Law spoke about plans to celebrate Henley Youth Festival’s 30th Anniversary next year and discussed how the partnership could support the planned events. Catharine Darnton, Headteacher of Gillotts, said, Henley Youth Festival has always provided wonderful opportunities for children and young people of all ages. We look forward to working with them in an extra special anniversary year.” 

Claire Myers gave the partnership an overview of the projects Invesco supports in the community, including its sponsorship of several of the local sports clubs. She was fascinated to learn more about the partnership and is keen to consider how Invesco might support its work going forward.  She said, It’s wonderful to see so many local schools coming together to collaborate for the benefit of all the children in their care. I’m sure they are going to achieve great things together.”

Recent partnership projects have included the Education Henley Great School Run – a fun run in which over 300 children and their parents took part in from over 40 local schools, a collaborative Coronation artwork piece and a primary schools conference at Eton College, which prep and primary staff attended together. In the pipeline are careers advice for older pupils, shared INSET training for staff and the creation of an Education Henley choir made up of children from all the schools, as well as other exciting projects.  Tim Hoskins, Headteacher at Badgemore Primary commented, There is a lot of great work already happening in Henley, and Education Henley is working to bring  this together to ensure that all of our young people can access and benefit from it. It is about collaboration and sharing best practice. It is a real privilege to be involved in bringing these resources, activities and skills together.”

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