After an initial trial at Horizon Community College, the ‘Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students’ project put in place by Dodworth-based finance firm Lifetime is now being used by other schools in the borough.
The ‘BBIS’ is made up of successful people from Barnsley’s business community – or who hail from the town and now work elsewhere – who are willing to give up their time to go into Barnsley schools and ‘deliver their story’, free of charge.
And there was certainly a warm glow – a feeling of something really clicking into place – on Wednesday as Greenacre School welcomed its very first BBIS speaker, Amanda Heenan (pictured).
Both she and the students had a fantastic time!
Reflected Amanda: “I would really like to thank Lifetime for facilitating this. I really enjoyed my session with the students, and their amazing teacher Harry.
“After I had ‘told my story’, we explored the skills students wanted to develop and what barriers there might be, and creative ways of overcoming these barriers. The students had some brilliant ideas and I look forward to following their progress.
“It was a wonderful experience, thank you!”
Greenacre is a special school educating children and young people aged 3 – 19 with severe and complex needs. They moved into a superb new building in September 2011; were judged by OFSTED to be ‘Outstanding’ and designated as a National Support School in 2013; and converted to Multi-Academy Trust status in April 2015.
Another one of the BBIS speakers, Barnsley Football Club chief executive, is delivering a talk to students of Horizon Community College on Friday, December 4.