MAMG is a Patron Sponsor of Leeds Ahead, a not-for-profit
organisation that co-ordinates the contributions of local businesses towards
the social and economic regeneration of Leeds.
Working with John Smeaton Community College, Leeds Ahead
has developed a Business Partnership Model called ‘Making the Grade’. This
provides a structured package of business activity and support within both a
Secondary School and its feeder Primary Schools.
Leeds Ahead Annual Report to MAMG provides full details of its
education-related work and its Business Partnership Model.
MAMG’s support for
integration of business within Leeds PFI schools receives praise from
Lord Heseltine and Stephanie Burras
In Lord Heseltine’s report No Stone Unturned (in
Pursuit of Growth) he sets out a comprehensive plan to improve the
UK’s ability to create wealth, and makes the case for a major
rebalancing of responsibility for economic development.
Lord Heseltine regards education and skills as the
foundation for growth and prosperity. Citing Leeds Ahead’s Make the
Grade as an excellent school and business programme, he recommends
that business engagement be incorporated far deeper into the school
Stephanie Burras, Chief Executive of Leeds Ahead
“I am enormously proud that Lord Heseltine chose to
feature Make the Grade in his report. The programme is now
gathering momentum, with a raft of new partnerships in Leeds and
roll-out into other parts of the country under way. None of this would
have been possible without the fantastic businesses that have supported
us. I am particularly grateful for MAMG’s support, which enabled
us to develop Make the Grade.
"During October 2012 alone, 1,742 school children in
Leeds were able to get involved in highly successful projects with
business, including careers events in the Co-operative Academy and our
first events at Carr Manor and Ralph Thoresby, thanks to Make the
Since 2007, One Leeds has given the schools within the
Leeds PFI project an opportunity to perform at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
or Leeds Town Hall for one night.
This annual event involves over 200 children and young
people performing songs and dance routines, many of which have included
original material written by the schools themselves.
The ongoing theme of ‘One Leeds’ is representative of the
diversity of the city and its schools. The 2012 event has the Olympics as a
complementary theme too.
Commendations for previous One Leeds events:
“This is a unique performance between seven of our
schools, which have pupils from many different countries and backgrounds.
The theme of One Leeds celebrates the unity of the city while recognising
the different cultures that make it up. I wish everyone taking part the best
Councillor Richard Harker, (Former) Executive Board member for education
at Leeds City Council
“This is a fantastic opportunity for these talented
young people to perform in a world-renowned theatre. They have worked
extremely hard to make this happen and invested many hours of their own time
to ensure it’s a success. Our schools are brilliant places and this event
celebrates the many different children and young people from around the
world who live, learn and develop alongside each other.”
Chris Edwards, (Former) Chief Executive of Education Leeds
"MAMG and Investors in the Community are delighted to
be able to support this third annual One Leeds performance at the West
Yorkshire Playhouse. This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people
from the schools to perform at one of the region’s top theatres and we are
proud to be associated with such a unique and exciting event."
Tom Symes, CEO of MAMG
MITIE ECO Schools
MITIE, the Facilities Management provider for the Leeds
PFI Schools, is working with all of them to obtain ECO School accreditation
and to gain the Bronze, Silver and Green Flag awards.
By the end of the 2010/11 school year, South Leeds
Academy and John Smeaton Community College gained their Bronze awards.
As part of this ongoing scheme, MITIE has hosted a number
of ECO Days, including one at John Smeaton Community College in 2010. It
gave 160 Year 9 pupils the opportunity to make wind turbines, water wheels
and an ECO poster using recycled materials. A full report of the day is
Smeaton ECO School Day April 2010.
You can find more information about ECO Schools at
Since March 2010, visitors to a Colchester health centre
have been able to experience a new type of therapy – induced by the world of
The H-art Gallery at Colchester Primary Care Centre –
also home to the North Colchester Healthcare Centre – exhibits paintings and
other pieces of art that some experts believe can help to speed up recovery