Stories of our impact

When I grow up I want to be a businesswoman

Astronaut, pilot, doctor, actress. Children have big dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. As they get older, some might even consider going for a career in business. For others, imagining a future full of opportunities isn’t a given.

Hannah More Primary School in Bristol is in an area of high deprivation. One of the school’s aims is to engage with local businesses in the community to inspire their pupils and make them aware of the opportunities that might be open to them later in life. Here’s how Deloitte is helping to make a difference with the young students.

More than reading buddies

We’ve been supporting Hannah More Primary School in a number of ways since 2008. A team of motivated volunteers help children with their reading on a one-to-one basis during the school year, exploring adventures about lions, witches or aliens to fire their imagination. Then there’s the group who volunteer to help the pupils with their maths skills every week, by arranging activities such as fraction bingo or number charades. The sessions are not just about reading or numeracy, they’re also about engaging with the children, making them feel part of a wider community, and exposing them to positive role models.

We also provide funding and volunteers for an annual school trip, which gives the children experiences they may otherwise not have had. This could be a day of storytelling in the Forest of Dean, a heritage visit to historic Bath, or an open-top bus tour of Bristol. We have also attended strategy meetings at the school to discuss how the school can better engage with the wider community. One of our highlights was arranging a competition that allowed the children to participate in a local high-profile public art event, where one of the pupils designed a lion that was displayed in the Royal Crescent in Bath.

Linking community and business

We were honoured to have won an award from local education organisation, Ablaze, for our relationship with the school. But what makes us most proud is that the big office buildings next to the children’s school are no longer faceless entities they see as totally separate to their own existence. Instead, the two parts of the community become linked, and the children may just start seeing those businesses as part of their world – and one that they may themselves join in years to come.