Nine local businesses attended the first Business Association of Stradbroke High School (BASH) meeting recently, where the 7.30 breakfast of bacon sandwiches was sponsored by Ian Whitehead of Lane Farm of Brundish. 
Representatives came along from Roger Skinner Ltd. in Stradbroke, Hill Farm Oils of Heveningham, BT at Martlesham, The Wildmeat Company, Tiddlywinks Nursery of Fressingfield, About People (UK ) Ltd and Volcano Training from Laxfield. In addition, the group was joined by Sue Goodhead, Suffolk School STEM Lead from Connect Education and Business, Dawn Brown from The Mason Trust plus the Chair of Governors, Andy Smith and Chair of FOSH, Nigel Brown.
As a result of the inaugural meeting, where Headteacher Andrew Bloom expressed his thanks for everyone's support of the school and his hopes for developing sustainable partnerships, every company will be working with the school to provide opportunities for pupils to engage in the world of work. Planned activities include work experience, mock interviews, workshops in school, school visits to industry or pupil mentoring. In return the school is providing use of facilities and management experience to those local organisations as and when required. BASH is also a good way for local businesses to form their own fruitful partnerships.
Sue Goodchild commented that "Stradbroke High school is leading the way in this region for its proactive enterprising initiatives in linking business and education " and Sue will be supporting the mock interviews coming up for year 10 pupils in November.
The next BASH breakfast will be on November 4th at 7.30am where it is hoped that even more local businesses will come along. Contact Mrs Clarke for more details.

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