The Heathland School is committed to working in partnership with industry and community groups locally, nationally and internationally in our aim to provide a broader and richer education for pupils. We have seen these links growing from strength to strength in the last year and we are grateful for the ways in which such partnerships benefit the school community. Students of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to participate in industry related activities and all Year 11 students complete work experience placements. A significant number of Sixth Form students also take part in work experience programmes both in this country and abroad.
The ‘Industry Links’ programme is an important feature of the school and has given students significant insights into the world of work. Large number of students have taken part in whole day activities which have sought to develop team-building, thinking skills and decision-making. The school has also entered pupils for numerous competitions such as the Springboard Challenge, BAA Engineering Challenge, the National Parliament Competition, the Design and Technology Challenge and the Thames Water Reservoir to Tap Challenge. Events such as these provide real challenge for pupils and the opportunity to develop their skills and potential outside of the classroom.
A wide range of visitors and guest speakers from industry and community groups support many areas of the curriculum through specialist workshops, seminars, individual coaching, lectures and master-classes. The Design Council has sent representatives to work with Technology students, whilst Drama students have been involved in workshops with professional theatre groups. Students in PE have benefited from professional coaching courtesy of Brentford Football Club whilst ICT students have participated in workshops with young managers from IBM.
Our Science College status has helped us to forge many new links. Staff regularly go into local primary to support teachers with Maths, Science and Languages lessons. Students have also had the opportunity to work with subject specialist organisations such as the National Physical Laboratory and Imperial College. A strong link with GSK has been established and we continue to be a BP link school. We are working closely with Hounslow Heath to assist in establishing a visitors centre, teaching facility and farm. Continuing links with Royal Institution provide excellent enrichment opportunities for our aspiring scientists.
We are very grateful for the support we receive from industry, local companies and community groups. There is no doubt that students benefit enormously from the opportunities such links make possible and we look forward to developing these links further in years to come.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
- Hounslow EBP (All departments)
- Rugby Football Union, Twickenham (PE Department)
- Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club (PE Department)
- Brentford Football Club (PE Department)
- The Springboard Challenge (Technology Department)
- BAA Engineering (Technology Department)
- British Airways (Geography Department;MFL)
- Thames Water
- West Middlesex Hospital
- The British Army
- Amida Health and Fitness Spa
- The Countryside Foundation for Education
- National Physical Laboratory
- The BBC
- Fuller Smith and Turner Plc