School and church step up pupil support
The signing of the agreement on 27 November 2012.
Left - Rex Pogson, Chair of the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education
Right - Robert Swannell, Chair of the Governing Body of Rugby School
Pupils across Coventry and Warwickshire will receive a boost as a result of a ground-breaking mentoring agreement signed between Rugby School and the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education.
On 27th November, Rugby School and the Diocesan Board of Education (CDBE) – which comprises 74 schools based in Coventry and Warwickshire – launched a partnership that will see members of the independent school volunteer throughout the region. Over the next two to three years, pupils from Rugby School will mentor children at CDBE schools, with members of Rugby’s wider community becoming governors of schools under the Board’s umbrella.
Rugby Head Master Patrick Derham said:
"We are delighted to be signing a partnership agreement with the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education. Rugby is a national and international school in terms of outlook, but has always been proud of its roots. This agreement reminds us of the importance of our role in the local community. It is also about lifting aspirations, something that is very much part of our DNA."
The Chair of Coventry Diocesan Board of Education, Rex Pogson added:
"It is a privilege to be working in partnership with Rugby School, which shares our desire to make a real difference in the lives of children and young people. Through this collaboration, young people and staff in Rugby School and other schools in the region will work together to provide a broader range of exciting opportunities."
The agreement between Rugby School and the CDBE is the first of its kind, and is designed to raise aspirations across the diocese. Rugby students will assist pupils at CDBE schools – many of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds – with basic skills like numeracy and literacy, while encouraging them to aim higher.
The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth said:
"This Agreement is a continuation of a long tradition in both our institutions of seeking the very best education and the highest quality of life for young people. I very much welcome this ground-breaking commitment to work together for those common ends."