National award-winners: the school that took over a hotel and ran it for a day - plus case studies of the six other winners

13th June 1997 at 01:00

Tackling achievement

Winning Company:

Just Rentals


Revision week and homework clubs

The success:

Half the 850 pupils in Mid-Glamorgan secondary schools, who were expected to get at best grade D for GCSE English, maths or science achieved five A-C grades, thanks to Just Rentals, a local slot-tv company.

The project:

Just Rentals sponsored an intensive revision week at the University of Glamorgan for borderline D-E Year 11 pupils in 42 comprehensive schools in April last year. The EBP organised the week through schools liaison, briefing 50 tutors, arranging transport, providing resources and other aids, back-up staff and the means to evaluate the project. Additional grants of Pounds 2,000 were given to each school for homework clubs.Very high attendance - a key performance indicator - was achieved.

Relevance to the curriculum: Enhanced study skills across the subject range.

What Keith Gillard, Just Rentals chief executive said: "The project fitted neatly into our aim of assisting in areas where we did a large amount of business."

What Steve Bowden, head of Porth County Comprehensive, said: "The overall percentage of five or more GCSEs grade C or above at our school has increased from 22 per cent to 31 per cent in 1996."

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