About The Sponsors
The Mercer's Company of the City of London
The Mercers' Company, the premier Livery Company of London, had its first Charter granted by Richard II in 1394 but its origins are much older. Best known Mercers' include Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington, Sir Thomas Gresham and Sir Thomas Moore. Since ceasing to act as an association of merchants in overseas trade the Company has developed into a charitable and educational foundation.
Thomas Telford School
One of fifteen City Technology Colleges, Thomas Telford School is part of the Specialist Schools Programme which opened in September 1991. Sponsored by The Mercers’ Company and Tarmac Group Ltd. it was the first comprehensive school where 100% of students achieved 5+ GCSE grades at A*-C and was the top performing school in 2004. Thomas Telford has developed On-Line Learning Courses in GNVQ ICT for use nationwide and its involvement in the Walsall Academy and Sandwell Academy is an example of the School’s commitment to education in the West Midlands.
HSBC Education Trust
HSBC has always recognised the importance of putting something back into the communities in which it operates.
The HSBC Education Trust, led by Dame Mary Richardson, was established in 2001 to promote the Group’s educational projects in the UK , seeking to open doors of opportunity for children and to raise standards of education.
The Trust focuses on primary and secondary education programmes for underprivileged children or schools in economically deprived areas. The HSBC Trust supports schools to become specialist sports colleges, business and enterprise colleges or language colleges.
Tarmac Group, the leading supplier of building materials in the UK, also operates in Europe, India, the Middle East and Far East meeting the construction needs of today’s industry professionals.
The original company was founded over 100 years ago in 1903 and has an interesting and varied history. Nowadays tarmac is a household name and the Tarmac company works hard to be a good neighbour in the areas in which it operates, working in close partnership with many environmental projects and local communities.
West Bromwich Albion Football Club
West Bromwich Albion Football club, founded in 1878, has been based at The Hawthorns since 1900 and has won the FA Cup on five occasions (the last time being May 18 1968), the Football League Championship and the League Cup. They have played in European competitions on a number of occasions and have travelled the world over the years: the most famous tour was in 1978 when they became the first British professional club to tour China which is celebrated in a BBC documentary ‘ Albion in the Orient’.
WBA are very active in the community with a scheme which involves coaching a number of sports, particularly football and they also have links with Sandwell Borough Council in a major educational initiative aimed at improving examination performance of 16 year olds throughout the Borough.