Co-operative school wins national awards

Sutherland studentCongratulations to Sutherland Business and Enterprise College in Telford, Shropshire, which has recently won two national awards for improving school performance and its partnership with the Midcounties Co-operative.

When Sutherland Business and Enterprise College teamed up with the Midlands Co-operative Society in 2008, it became one of the first co-operative trust schools in the country.

The Midcounties Co-operative was recently named as a national ‘Example of Excellence’ by Business in the Community (BITC) for its ‘Co-operative Approach to Education’, and the partnership was recognised as the best in the country. BITC Judge Anthony Salz said: “The partnership has delivered a wide range of impressive interventions, including a programme on knife crime that the judges thought both highly innovative and impactful. They are a deserving winner of the BITC 2010 Education Award for Excellence.

“The Midcounties should be applauded for developing a partnership that is truly embedded within the visions and missions of both the business and the school and that is seeing real return on investment in the shape of attainment and aspiration levels of the young people.”

Sutherland also recently received an award from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for improving its GCSE results from 34% attaining GCSE grades A*-C in three years to 76% in four years.

Midlands Co-operative Society President John Boot remarked on the embedding of the co-operative values into a school’s ethos, saying: “The partnership promotes co-operative values throughout the school, which include democracy and equality as well as ethical values of honesty, openness and social responsibility. We are looking forward to developing projects already in place and expanding on the work we do at Sutherland.”

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