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Local school seeks to build relationships with local employers

Posted on Friday 10th March 2017 at 11:16 am by SH (Editor)

Business Networking Breakfast at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are launching an initiative to build more dynamic, strong and fruitful relationships with business in the local area and beyond.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir explains:

“We believe that education and business should be working together to ensure our students access the knowledge and skills they need to learn for the future.”

The school is launching the programme by inviting local employers to join them at a Business Breakfast, where they hope to talk informally about how to build robust and meaningful relationships that are a win-win for those involved.

Staff intend to plan dynamic projects that will be focussed on supporting students to develop the key employability skills that both they and businesses need.

The event takes place on Friday 31st March at Bradley Stoke Community School, between 7.45am and 9am.

To register interest, email celia.arberry AT

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Hilton team brightens up children’s playground

Posted on Monday 23rd June 2014 at 12:33 pm by SH (Editor)

The Hilton Bristol team renovating the Paddock Close playground.

The Hilton Bristol hotel team recently spent three days cleaning-up, preparing and painting the children’s playground in Paddock Close, Bradley Stoke. This children’s playground was last refurbished seven years ago and recently had new soft-padded carpet installed around the play equipment by the town council.

In partnership with the council, the Hilton Bristol purchased special paint and equipment to rejuvenate the area, including two swings, a rocking horse and the children’s climbing frame and slide, as well as volunteering their time to help the local community of Bradley Stoke.

This initiative is part of Hilton’s global community relations program, Bright Blue Futures, which helps young people achieve stability through the delivery of basic needs within the local community – giving them a brighter future in education, life skills development, workforce training and employment.

Richard Finn, hotel manager at Hilton Bristol, commented:

“Bright Blue Futures builds upon the great work already being done by our hotels in our communities, providing additional resources and tools to increase their impact and make an even greater difference in the lives of young people. Bright Blue Futures enables us to leverage the unique expertise and resources we have as a hospitality company to create opportunities for youth and strengthen our communities around the globe.”

More: Team is looking for more local community projects »

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‘Willie the Chocolate Man’ inspires students at BSCS

Posted on Monday 8th October 2012 at 11:33 pm by Courtney Preston

Willie Harcourt-Cooze with students of Bradley Stoke Community School.

Students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) were captivated by entrepreneur Willie Harcourt-Cooze when he recently visited the school to tell the story of his life and his journey from dreams to business success.

Willie spoke of his childhood spent on a farm on a small island off the South West coast of Ireland and the hardships and joy they experienced living self-sufficiently. Willie was educated in England and Ireland, however after the death of his father and a nasty mugging at age 18 he found himself feeling “confused about the meaning of life”.

For several years after this he experimented with different jobs, but Willie failed to find his niche and so set off to travel across South America. This visit was the beginning of a love affair with Venezuela and cacao which would eventually lead to his success.

Willie evoked the beauty of the cacao farm that would begin his chocolate manufacturing career, describing the farm as “like magic” and “one of the most amazing places in the world”.

To Willie’s delight, the owner of the farm invited him to stay for a while. It was then that Willie first began experimenting with cacao perfecting the art of making hot chocolate. He described that, although a small moment, it was in fact “a life changing moment”.

After the collapse of the Venezuelan economy Willie returned to England. He emphasised to students throughout setbacks you need to have the passion and resilience to hold on to your dreams.

Willie publicised his journey to be the first chocolatier in Britain to make chocolate from the bean on Channel 4 Willie’s wonky chocolate factory and Chocolate Revolution: Raising the Bar. The publicity combined with a massive amount of hard work resulted in the Willie’s cacao taking off.

More: "Dream big and then follow your dreams," says Willie

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