The Launch of Education and Enterprise

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Senior representatives from Richmond upon Thames College, the Council, Haymarket Media Group and Harlequins, formally launched their partnership at an event in December 2013, attended by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Dr Vincent Cable MP joined Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, Lord Heseltine and Rupert Heseltine from Haymarket, David Ansell and Cathy Bird from the College and David Ellis from Harlequins to present the proposal to rebuild the 21 acre College site and open a new secondary school, special educational needs school and Haymarket Headquarters on the site. This will create a new Campus for Education and Enterprise.

Senior representatives from the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency also attended the launch to hear the innovative plans for the education and enterprise development. The multi-million pound proposals include:

  • An advanced new building and facilities for Richmond upon Thames College
  • A new secondary school
  • A new built-for-purpose home for Richmond’s Clarendon School (for pupils with special educational needs)
  • A new UK Headquarters for Haymarket’s 1,200 staff

To see pictures of the launch, click here.

At the event, Dr Cable endorsed the project, with particular praise for the partnership approach between the organisations involved. He acknowledged the importance of the project and wants to get behind the proposals and support as best as he can.

Following the event, David Ansell, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the College to work in collaboration with colleagues from the education, commercial and sporting worlds to fashion an innovative Campus offering unparalleled opportunities to young people in our borough, and beyond.”

Lord Heseltine, Chairman of The Haymarket Media Group, said:

“This is an exciting day for Haymarket as we join our partners in launching plans for this innovative Campus for Education and Enterprise. This Campus builds on our 35 years in the borough and our proud history of working with schools, colleges and universities both locally and nationally.”

David Ellis, Chief Executive of the Harlequins, added:

“Harlequins has been based at The Stoop for over 50 years and we have been part of the Twickenham community for more than a century.  Over the years we have put down strong roots in the area and they continue to grow, especially through our award-winning community programmes where we look to inspire the next generation through sport.  The school project particularly provides a unique opportunity to work with other partners in our community on an exciting development that has the potential to make a real difference to the young people of the borough. We are delighted to be involved.”

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, added:

“Today is a momentous occasion for partnership working in our borough. All partners have come together with a firm commitment to create an innovative Campus for Education and Enterprise. It has been a long term ambition for this Council to have another new secondary school. Our secondary schools have never been better. Eighty five per cent of pupils are achieving five or more A*-C grades and our English Baccalaureate results are the second highest in the country. As a result of these high standards, our schools are becoming more popular. We have always acknowledged this and know that in 2017 we will need more secondary school places.  In addition to this, we will be creating new purpose-built SEN provision – something that is much needed in this borough – and securing the future for Richmond upon Thames College.  I am thrilled that we are able to deliver all of this, whilst being able to involve Haymarket Media Group and Harlequins in the project.”