Park Lane Academy

‘We aspire to be the best at everything we do’


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Park Lane has strong working relations with the local community. We value the excellent relationships with our local primary schools which have resulted from many years of working collaboratively.

We have strong links with local employers, working together to create an innovative partnerships that creates links that go beyond education.

Park Lane has a Business Class partnership with Marshalls which involves Marshalls working closely with us to help prepare our students for the world of work.  This includes providing mentors, running workshops and talks and holding workplace visits.

In addition we have links with several other local businesses who support our annual careers convention and STEM month as well as mentoring students for the annual Business Enterprise Challenge run by Business in the Community.  These include Cumings Engineering, Together Housing, The Shibden Mill Inn and LLoyds Bank.

We have an excellent relationship with C&K Careers who provide our students with independent, impartial advice on  post-16 options.  We also have a comprehensive careers programme at Key Stage 4 where students are able to visit colleges and sixth forms and take part in workshops as well has have talks in school from a full range of post-16 providers.  Many colleges and apprenticeship providers also attend our careers convention.

We also have a comprehensive careers programme at Key Stage 4 where students are able to visit colleges and sixth forms and take part in workshops as well has have talks in school from a full range of post-16 providers. 

Marshalls Mentoring

Last year saw the fifth year of our exceptionally successful mentoring programme which we run via our Business Class partnership with Marshalls. 

As part of the programme a group of our Year 10 students are each partnered with a Business Mentor from Marshalls who works with them over the course of the year covering topics such as preparing for work experience, CV writing and team building. As well as this, students gain valuable insight into the world of work with the majority of the sessions taking place on site at Marshalls. 

Several of the students completed their work experience at Marshalls alongside their Business Mentor and the Awards Ceremony at the end of the programme celebrated the achievements of the students both while at Marshalls and in school.

Business Enterprise Challenge

This challenge is run every year by Business in the Community and this year all of our Year 9 students took part.  Its aim is to simulate running a real business with students working in groups with a Business Mentor from Lloyds and Enterprise Rent-a-Car to play the on-line business game, making decisions regarding budgeting and finances, marketing, choosing locations for factories and offices and hiring employees. 

The Business Mentor advises and teaches while the game is going on. The aim is to end the ‘year’ having made as much money as possible! If you are one of the top schools in the country you attend the Grand Final in London! Unfortunately this year none of our teams made enough profit to get to the final, however we will be taking part again this year and are hopeful we will make it!!

STEM Month

In March we held our first ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) month.  This is an area that the government are keen to get more students interested in and we feel as a school that these are areas that are important to promote to our students. 

As part of the month we ran several visits, talks and workshops including a trip to Cummings Engineering in Huddersfield where students designed and built miniature wind-turbines, a workshop from Bricks4Kidz where lego was used to create cars with working engines leading to a drag race and talks from representatives from IT and Engineering industries. 

We will be holding STEM month again in March and hope to involve even more students in these exciting areas.

Please use the links below to view some of the different projects we have been involved in.