Following their success over 140 other schools across the country to take first prize in the Goldsmith’s Company Awards for Community Engagement, yesterday (Tuesday 7 February) Hymers College hosted visitors from Goldsmiths’ along with representatives of community action projects to showcase the work the school does in the Hull and surrounding area.
Simon Connell from the Goldsmiths’ Award Team met with Headmaster Mr Stanley, pupils and teachers at Hymers before being shown a number of local projects the school supports.
This included a visit to Pearson Primary School where Hymers Sixth Form students regularly support young children with their reading skills. The visitors were also shown the work that Hymers pupils have done at Welcome House – a local charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees – and with Northern Rail where pupils have been working with the company to tackle anti-social behaviour and harassment at local stations.
Headmaster Mr Stanley commented: “It was fantastic to be able to welcome representatives from the Goldsmiths’ Award team to Hymers and showcase the community action work of our pupils.
“Hymers has a long tradition of reaching beyond its boundaries and supporting the local community and organisations. We fully intend for that to continue both through our community action work and the financial bursaries that we offer to support pupils who would otherwise be unable to attend the school.
“I am proud that the work of our pupils has been recognised nationally by winning such a prestigious award. I look forward to continuing to have strong links with the local community and supporting more projects as we go forward.
“At a time when independent schools are being called upon to demonstrate their public benefit, it is important for people to recognise the wider good that schools like Hymers make in their communities.”