Community partnerships are vital to Central England Academy Trust. Through partnerships pupils are given opportunities to access potential employment openings alongside experiencing and learning about the rich and varied heritage and culture of the local area. Community partnerships provide opportunities for pupils and families to experience new ventures and to take on new challenges which may be out of their comfort zone in order to build resilience; develop social and communication skills and increase their confidence and self-esteem. A truly collaborative partnership is a two-way process and brings to the forefront the wide range of skills and the value our young people can bring to the local community and to the world of work.

Herbert Art Gallery

We have been working with the Herbert Art Gallery for the past 5 years on The Creative Bridges Course. Staff from the Gallery offer students the chance to build their skills in a range of media activities which is accredited at the end of the course. Students work alongside other schools to build their confidence and social skills.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network

School have an ongoing partnership with the Healthy Living Network, who provide school, through their foodbank, resources to support the students within school. This is an ongoing partnership and supports our more vulnerable learners.

CWLEP Growth Hub

We are currently working with the CWLEP in order to promote enterprise and employability throughout the school. We have been linked with an Enterprise Advisor who is specific to Oak Wood Secondary School and attend a variety of skills builder events. This is an ongoing partnership.

Briars Barn

Briars Barn are an adult service based in Polesworth, who offer person centered support to adults to develop independent living skills and employability and enterprise skills. The school are working in partnership with Briars Barn to offer an animal care programme, in order that students can further develop a range of transferable skills for employability.


Secondary school have recently formed a partnership with NWHC to provide level 2 courses to all staff as part of our extensive CPD programme. The courses are accredited by NCFE and allow staff to gain skills in specialist areas to enhance their working practice.

Volunteer It Yourself Project (in conjunction with Wickes)

The VIY project work with our secondary pupils. Volunteers work alongside our secondary pupils on projects to enhance the school grounds. Wickes provide the materials for the projects and oversee the programme.

Coventry City FC

We are working with Coventry City FC who are running workshops for our Primary pupils. They are running regular sports sessions with pupils and provide occasional opportunities for our pupils to attend football matches at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey

Our Primary School is working with Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team who are running healthy lifestyles programmes within school. They provide opportunities for pupils to Ice Skate at the rink in Coventry.

Gateway Alliance

We work with Gateway Alliance who are a recruitment company who help with the schools direct process. They also provide CPD opportunities for teachers to attend workshops. The work with Gateway Alliance has enabled us to foster a strong link with the University of Warwick.

Game on Coaching

Game on Coaching are coaching specialists who facilitate PE sessions within the Primary School. They also lead sports interventions and support with swimming for our primary pupils.

University of Warwick

We have a strong link with The University of Warwick for Schools Direct. They provide the academic aspect of the course.

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