Name of Company:Barclays

Barclays’ 7 year partnership with Ian Mikardo High School in Tower Hamlets has supported the school’s notable turnaround. The work has won an Award as it demonstrates a long term commitment to an excellent project with sustained impact for the community.

Ian Mikardo High School is one of programmes local to its head office in Canary Wharf, in the disadvantaged London borough of Tower Hamlets. - The partnership with the school forms part of Barclays’ 5 Million Young Futures commitment to invest not only money, but colleagues’ time and expertise in community programmes to enhance the enterprise, employability and financial skills of five million disadvantaged young people, aged 10 to 35, by the end of 2015.

The school’s 48 boys have profound and complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and many have learning difficulties. Most have been excluded from other schools and all were at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

Barclays’ support for this specialist school has been sustained and far reaching. In addition to providing mentors to develop young peoples’ employability, the bank funded a family support worker to address issues faced by the pupils’ families, including housing and financial literacy.  A child and adolescent psychotherapist, also funded by Barclays, supports students’ emotional development. 

This holistic approach ensures that the school is embedded in the local community and that parents support their children’s education.  During the period of the partnership, 97% of boys at risk of becoming NEET have achieved employment, education or training.


  • 97% of at risk pupils achieved employment, education or training after leaving the school
  • 100% of pupils made significant progress with literacy and numeracy
  • 200 students and their parents supported over 7 years
  • 90% of Barclays staff said volunteering made them proud to work for the company

“Barclays understands that only a long-term and on-going programme can transform the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people, and they have underpinned this with sustained support. The school’s intervention is holistic and deep, and Barclays’ partnership over the last seven years has made an invaluable and strategic contribution,” said Claire Lillis, Head Teacher of Ian Mikardo High School.