Richard Martin is one of our pen pals and a helps co-ordinate the scheme, ensuring all sixty pupils at Thomas Buxton who take part receive letters from their pen pals every month. He and the children said one of the highlights of the scheme was the class trip to visit the Barclays offices, meet their pen pals in person and discover what it’s like to work for a large financial services company. They meet lots of different members of the Barclays team, including bankers, analysts, security and hospitality staff, and take part in inspirational sessions, like coding and robotics workshops.
Barclays has also worked with the teachers and staff at Thomas Buxton to enhance the learning environment of the school itself.
The 2nd project, the Library Of Everything, was a fundraising and renovation project to create a new, exciting space in the school’s library where children could come together with their friends and families to discover new stories and be inspired to write their own too.
The projects have been tremendous successes, helping excite and inspire the children at Thomas Buxton about reading, writing, and the world of business. We’re delighted that the school was recently ranked as outstanding by Ofsted, with a special mention for the development of literacy skills.