Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) serves a population of 2.5 million people in the north east of England with water and sewerage services trading as Northumbrian Water and1.8 million in the south east of England where we provide water services trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.
Its headquarters are in Durham and it employs over 3,000 people. It is an independent company listed on the Stock Exchange in London and is one of the ten regulated water and sewerage businesses in England and Wales.
Our role is to provide a sustainable, affordable, clean and safe water supply and to manage and treat the waste water returned to us in a way that protects the environment.
Northumbrian Water has a strong record of developing partnerships with schools and we have used this experience to support the development of Castle View Enterprise Academy over the last three years.
This is an exciting time to be involved with the Academy. Our aim is to use our expertise and enthusiasm to help your child achieve their academic and vocational potential and to have the confidence to set high ambitions for their future.
- We will use our expertise and network of contacts across the region to bring to life the business and enterprise specialism of the Academy and to complement the curriculum.
- We aim to guide, mentor and support both staff and students to increase their understanding of business and enterprise.
- We will provide role models and an introduction to a huge range of employment opportunities.
- We will use our own employees and networks to provide help and support to meet the needs identified by staff or pupils.
The Sunderland Model
Sunderland has a proud history of collaborative working to deliver the best learning opportunities for children and young people. In 2004, Sunderland City Council introduced plans for major secondary school renewal, with £120 million of funding in Phase One of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. A mixture of innovative thinking, skilled negotiation and local political determination turned these plans into a transformational opportunity for the city’s young learners. The key was genuine partnership working led by the council to develop and produce the unique Sunderland Model.
The New Approach
Supported by stakeholders – including schools, parents and the public – the council took the view that the Government’s policy of City Academies did not best fit with partnership working in the city. The Leader of the council, senior officers and key stakeholders engaged with Government ministers and departments to develop a new approach. Academies would retain their independence but work in partnership with schools, Sunderland University and the City of Sunderland College.
Phase One of the BSF programme is now almost complete and includes the introduction of one new school, three major school refurbishments and three Sunderland Model academies. Each academy has attracted a local lead sponsor and uniquely the council is a co-sponsor, unlike the national academy model, and will contribute £1 million to each of the three Sunderland Model academies. Castle View Enterprise Academy is one of these academies and has Northumbrian Water as a lead sponsor.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) or DfE as it is now known has accepted that certain key policies and practices will be retained and implemented in the three proposed Sunderland Model academies. These include the following:
- The council’s strategy for 14-19 learning including partnerships with schools and colleges, as set out in the 14-19 strategy for the city, ‘Building a Better Future’
- The council’s SEN, inclusion and access policies – in order to ensure support for pupils with SEN, maintain low exclusion levels and support existing behaviour and inclusion policies
- Existing policies relating to admissions will be maintained: all parties, including lead sponsors, have agreed that admissions practices for academies will remain consistent with existing Sunderland City Council policy – there will be no selection procedure for admissions
- Policies surrounding Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE)
- National conditions of service applicable to all staff
Support for the Sunderland Model
The council is delighted to have won support for its unique model that meets the educational needs of the city in a way that not only reflects the challenges but also Sunderland’s spirit of partnership. An independent evaluation concluded that the model would be able to raise standards and enhance opportunities for learners; secure commitment and vision from lead sponsors; and assist a wider programme of community regeneration.