Hogan Lovells International’s partnership with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) girls’ school has raised pupils’ aspirations and created a sense of pride among the firm’s employees.
- The partnership has engaged more than 800 pupils at EGA on issues such as confidence building, communication skills, career days and voter rights.
- Feedback from parents showed they were impressed with the amount of private sector and cross sector engagement undertaken by the school.
- The firm has ensured best practice is spread through eight other businesses and schools through its leadership of the Islington Business Class cluster.
- Hogan Lovells' involvement in Business Class has increased positive perceptions of the firm and its reputation among clients within the cluster.
- The feedback showed that 81% of employee volunteers said the programme had increased their pride in Hogan Lovells and 100% said it had improved their commitment to the firm.
- Cross departmental collaboration has helped build stronger networks within the firm.
At EGA, 51% of girls are eligible for free school meals and their diverse ethnic backgrounds can create barriers to them becoming independent, educated young women. The partnership is designed to raise students’ aspirations so they understand their choices when they leave school and can make the best decisions for their needs and expectations.
In its third year, the partnership has developed programmes including an after schools debating class, middle leader training for staff, citizenship activities and careers events. The firm also supports the school in other areas such as leadership, governance, employability, enterprise and curriculum.
Hogan Lovells leads the Islington cluster for Business Class, a national Business in the Community programme linking businesses with local schools. It supports another four schools through the cluster model. Nearly 400 staff in the London office are involved in community volunteering.
What Hogan Lovell's Regional Managing Partner said:
"Good citizenship is a core Hogan Lovells value and the Business Class programme is a perfect example of this in action. It is a programme that touches every aspect of what we do here, delivering a high level of service to our partner school, its staff and pupils, as well as the wider Islington cluster. It has succeeded in raising the aspirations of the pupils, identifying and meeting the needs of the staff and school as a whole and inspiring our own people. We have also been able to build closer relationships with some of our key clients, who are also a part of this cluster, collaborating to make a greater impact." - Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner