Park Lane Academy

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

Links With Business

At Park Lane we pride ourselves on working with local and national businesses to ensure our students have frequent contact with ‘Real World’ role models. 
The DfE’s document ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools’ states
Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.”
This is absolutely what we aim to do for students throughout their time at Park Lane.

Examples of our work with businesses includes:

  • A Business Class partnership with Marshalls which includes an annual mentoring programme for identified Year 10 students
  • An annual Careers Convention, 2017 was the seventh one, which is attended by a wide range of businesses.  The last couple of years have included:

    Abzorb Telecoms
    Calderdale Credit Union
    Cummins Engineering
    End2End Admin
    DC Engineering
    Federation of Small Businesses
    EndBackPain Today
    The Police
    Shibden Mill Inn
    Together Housing
    Covea Insurance
    Overgate Hospice
    The Piece Hall
    The NHS


  • Mock interviews for our Year 11 students which are run by volunteers from businesses including Together Housing, Covea and Lloyds
  • A Year 7 Enterprise Project in 2016 where students were taught about marketing by Excelerate Marketing Company
  • Year 9 students take part in annual The Business Enterprise Challenge run by Business in the Community and Mosaic and are supported by Business mentors. 
    These have come from companies such as Enterprise Rent-a-car, DLA Piper, Yorkshire Bank, Lowell Group and Unliver
  • A ‘plan your future’ unit in PSHCE for year 8 supported by FDM Group.
  • A wide range of companies who offer workshops, visits and talks during STEM month including in the last two years:
    CompTIA who have run a cybersecurity workshop, Cummins Engineering who have hosted workshops at their site, Wier Valves who have supported a Girls into Engineering visit and Marshalls who have delivered talks and run site visits


If you feel your business would be able to support the school in anyway then please contact Michelle Hogan, Head of Careers on hoganm@parklane.calderdale.sch.uk.