Pupil first to benefit from law firm and school link

Thomas Gainsborough School ANL-150709-161525009
Thomas Gainsborough School ANL-150709-161525009

A law firm is joining forces with a school to support students looking for a career in law, with one pupil working at the firm.

The partnership of Wayman & Long and Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard will see pupils given ongoing support, including experience of working at a law firm.

Carolyn Armstrong, from Wayman & Long, said: “We want to encourage young people interested in pursuing a career in law and give them an insight into the legal profession.”

Kenny Alexander, director of Sixth Form, added: “As far as I am aware, this collaboration is the first of its kind in the UK .

“It is so important to provide students with relevant and meaningful work experience whilst encouraging local businesses to become more involved with schools.”

The firm will be involved in running lessons, mentoring and providing a dedicated sixth form classroom.

It is already mentoring Year 13 student, Lewis Wingate.

The pupil now works at the practice one day a week and during the school holidays.

He will also return throughout his time at university, with a job offer once he completes his studies.