How we started
Schools Plus was founded in 2004 by two cousins, James & Francis Woods, with a mission to transform community use of schools. They were motivated to capture the missed opportunity of unused school facilities out-of-hours and convert them into thriving community hubs that could earn much-needed revenue for our country’s schools.
The Woods cousins’ first chance came when Steve Wilks, the headteacher of Oaks Park High School, in Ilford in Essex, approved their first contract and thus become the new company’s first client. The employees and customers of Schools Plus all owe a debt of thanks to Mr Wilks and everyone at Oaks Park for making the company possible, and we are very proud to say that we continue to serve at Oaks Park to this day.
From these small beginnings Schools Plus has grown into a flourishing organisation, serving schools nationwide, with over 125 staff, and enjoying an enviable rate of growth and success.
The company is not a conventional commercial organisation, but is a partnership inspired by the John Lewis model. It is governed by a constitution with explicit commitments to our values, to employee ownership, and to ethical business practices.
We aspire to apply our values pragmatically in all aspects of our work and all our business relationships: with our colleagues, clients, customers and suppliers. They are:
Integrity – means that you are trustworthy
Commitment – means that you go the extra mile
Accountability – means you take responsibility, even when things go wrong
Good with people – means what it says
Our values lie at the core of our organisation, and we recruit, train and manage towards them every day. We expect every member of the School Plus team to have their actions guided by them, as we believe that they are good for business and good for life.
At School 21 we develop the academic ability of every child by challenging them in Maths, English and Science. We also develop them to be strong, confident, kind young people who want to go out into the world and make a difference.
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Schools Plus have been helping schools to develop community use of their facilities for 10 years. We build the business, run the lettings from start to finish and give customers the opportunity to access great facilities during the evenings and weekends. Visit the Main Site here