Business Partners

The School has a flourishing and expanding programme of working with busineses across a number of sectors. These links bring enormous benefits to our students who gain an insight into the world of business and provide opportunities for them to bring their academic skills to bear on real business situations. Over the years we have forged strong partnerships with local businesses across many sectors including Marks and Spencer,The Grove, Allied Irish Bank, Faber Maunsel, British Waterways. Our pupils have greatly benefited from these partnerships and our business partners get a real sense of  “putting something back” and helping our young pupils and the local community. The two programmes we run annually are as follows:

Annual Business Programme

Our annual business programme runs from September to July each year and comprises our Sixth Form Lecture Series, our annual Business Day and our Work Experience Placement Scheme. Businesses are able to work with our pupils raising the profile of their particular sector and organisation and imparting key business skills to our students either through lectures, workshops or placements. Presenting or working with a student audience for the first time may be a little daunting, so our staff offer guidance and resources to all our business presenters.  

Mentoring Scheme

The Watford Grammar School for Boys Mentoring Scheme is an innovative programme that puts our A Level students in touch with senior industry experts. Senior professionals from all industries volunteer to be mentors on the programme. Operating between October and August, Mentors select a student of their choice. Mentors typically share sector and discipline knowledge, company knowledge, job-hunting tips and any other helpful advice with their mentee. Generally, Mentors will dedicate up to 10-15 hours correspondence time with their student between October and August.  

Our programmes provide businesses with a number of key company and employee benefits including the following: 

 Benefits to your company

Affiliation with a leading School that has a national and local profile and an outstanding reputation

Reaching local stakeholders and residents as well as over 5,000 alumni nationally and world-wide

Engaging in joint public relations and promotional activity to raise brand or product awareness

Cost effective form of marketing

Helping you meet your corporate responsibility agenda

Support the development of your client base

Reach a targeted audience with the direct mail and online opportunities 

Businesses get an opportunity to influence the curriculum

You can ensure that new recruits come through with the right skills and attitudes

Staff training costs can be reduced

Improvement in the communication and management skills of the employees involved

Gain access to fresh ideas through the original thinking of young people

Benefits to participating employees

Enjoy increased self-esteem and self-confidence

Experience an improvement in their communication skills

Become more motivated and responsible

Feel a greater degree of ownership of the business

"Putting something back"

For more information on how to become our Business Partner please contact Peter Buckley