In late 2008 we set up a partnership with South Camden Community School in north London to develop a set of leadership Behaviours. This was about finding better ways of working for the leadership team that would ultimately improve overall school performance. We shared some of the things we have learned as a major retailer and helped the school get local government funding. In 2009 some of our graduates ran a workshop for year 7 students starting at the school and we expanded our involvement in 2010, with a mentoring scheme for sixth-form students.
In summer 2011 we returned to review the impact our work has had within the school. We participated in the school's whole-school careers day, providing students from year 7 to the Sixth Form as well as parents and carers of year 10 students with information about the range of careers opportunities available in a major retail company.
Rosemary Leeke, Headteacher, South Camden Community School said: "The partnership which we have been developing with Sainsbury's over the past three years has been extremely beneficial to the staff and students of SCCS in many ways. The support Sainsbury's has been able to offer - including organisational development, staff training and primary-secondary school transition as well as individual mentoring and work experience for students - has been extremely effectively targeted.
"I have no doubt that the work on leadership behaviour which we undertook with the help of Sainsbury's colleagues was a significant factor in our achieving an improved Ofsted grading of 'Good' for leadership and management in our June 2011 inspection.