HOVE Park School and Legal and General have entered into a community partnership to help give pupils a taste of what life is like after education.

Colleagues from the financial services company based in Hove will be working closely with the school to give pupils the chance to get involved with a host of activities connected to sport, wellbeing, IT and the community.

To kick off the partnership, pupils will be joining Legal and General volunteers for Children In Need where they will help on the night in their call centre in City Park.

Other planned events include a Dragon’s Den-style project where Legal and General leaders will judge the best idea of pupils.

Legal and General will also be sponsoring Hove Park School’s annual Big Camp event where pupils enjoy a day of outdoor activities and then camp out for the night in the school grounds.

As part of the partnership, Legal and General has also opened exercise sessions held in Hove Park for their colleagues to Hove Park School teachers.

Karan Martin, Hove location director, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be going into a community partnership with Hove Park School.

“As part of our L&G in the community initiative, I was keen to explore how we could give something back to schools in our area.

“We believe Hove Park are a great school and, being just down the road from our Hove site, it seemed like a perfect opportunity.

“We have lots of exciting activities planned which we hope will be really meaningful for pupils while giving them an insight into life after education through the interaction they gain with our colleagues.”

Jim Roberts, Hove Park headteacher, said: “These are exciting times for Hove Park and this partnership will provide experiences and opportunities that will make a real difference to our students and their connection with the world of work.

“To go into a partnership with such a prestigious local employer is really exciting.”

The partnership is being supported by Coast to Capital’s Enterprise Advisor Network which is focused on creating sustainable partnerships that support young people to have the key skills, strengths and competencies to equip them into their future career pathways.

Penny Daly, the enterprise co-ordinator for Greater Brighton and Hove, is supporting the partnership between Legal and General and Hove Park School.

She said: “I am excited to see this cohesive, partnership approach deliver meaningful experiences for all of the students at Hove Park.

“Together, we are creating our regions workforce of the future.”