Educating for the future of our industries
Stationers' Crown Woods Academy (SCWA) opened in September 2014 when Crown Woods College became an academy and joined Leigh Academies Trust. It is the Company's most significant charitable activity since the opening of the first Stationers' Company's School in Fleet Street in 1861.Completely rebuilt in May 2011 and based on the principles of 'human scale education', SCWA consists of four 'home' schools.
The academy is the first school in the UK to specialise in digital media and will produce generations of school leavers with an understanding of, and an interest in, the Communications and Content industries. It is in the process of integrating the latest digital technology into the curriculum making use of the Digital Media Centre funded by the Company and by Leigh Academies Trust.
Crown Life, the Academy's regular newsletter can be read here.
Our postgraduate bursary programme provides support for young people on a variety of MA and MSc courses leading to a career in the Content and Communications industries. These range from digital media to print and packaging and from book and magazine publishing and journalism to conservation and information management.
Through the Stationers' Foundation the Company supports various apprenticeship schemes.
In line with the Company's stated strategy of actively contributing to the education of the Communications and content industries it is supporting apprenticeships in a number of areas and has the intention of further developing this area of its work.
The Stationers' Company supports two Saturday Schools run by Civitas Schools. The schools focus on inspirational teachers and traditional teaching methods to enable children to read fluently, spell accurately, know their times tables and do long division.
The Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship, which began in Autumn 2016, is the only bindery apprenticeship available in the UK and the first since the 1970s. Apprentices will gain unparalleled experience working in the Royal Bindery at Windsor and external workshops, acquiring a broad range of bookbinding skills, including fine leather binding, edge-gilding and gold finishing, which may otherwise be lost for ever. City & Guilds qualifications will be received upon completion of the five-year training programme.
The scheme is supported by eight charity Founding Partners: Royal Collection Trust, Antiquarian Booksellers Association, City & Guilds of London Institute, The Clothworkers' Company, The Leathersellers' Company, The Printing Charity, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Stationers' Company. In addition, there are three Skills & Industry Partners who will benefit from employing the apprentices and contribute to costs: The Royal Bindery, Blissett Bookbinders and Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
This scheme, which was launched by the London Evening Standard and Independent in January 2017 involves two years of training including a 20-week fast-track NCTJ course followed by on-the-job training at the Evening Standard, The Independent and London Live Television. It is supported by four partners – Goldman Sachs, The Peabody Trust, NCTJ Diversity Fund and The Stationers’ Foundation.
It launched with the appointment of four editorial apprentices from a diversity of backgrounds selected from well over 200 applicants. The scheme was open to anyone aged over 16 who had not been to university.