Calthrops Solicitors proud to sponsor award in our Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards
Supporting the unsung heroes of the classroom is a sentiment which resonates with one of the sponsors of our Education Awards.
Calthrops Solicitors, which has offices in both Spalding and Holbeach, has this year selected the Support Staff Member/Team of the year, which provides schools with the opportunity to recognise the contributions that support staff (individuals or teams) make to the success and achievements of the overall school environment.
Working as part of a well-oiled team is of paramount importance to the staff at Calthrops Solicitors and partner Craig Delaney is often reminded of this.
He said: “Support staff really are the unsung heroes and we acknowledge that just as much in our own business.
“In our business it might seem as though solicitors take all of the glory but they wouldn’t be able to do what they do without all of the people behind them.You have the reception staff, the accountants, the compliance staff - this huge team of people are there to keep the work going and that’s exactly the same in education.
“Teachers are supported by the support staff and I know that a lot of teachers feel that they couldn’t do their job without their support.
“That team environment is something which really connects us with education.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to the community, the firm, which has been in business for more than 155 years, offers work experience to a wide range of students in the area.
Craig is proud that the experience on offer from time spent at the firm can open students’ eyes to their future possibilities.
He said: “I have spent time going into schools to give talks to students about the law and a career in the profession because there are so many different ways to get into the law now.
“It’s very different from when I was starting out. You don’t need to get a law degree, or even a degree, now . There’s a diverse set of options and training on offer, such as apprenticeships, which can further careers.
“We are a training practice, as much as anything, and we’ve certainly embraced the concept as a practice.
“We are one of the few firms which are still offering work placements, and we see students from secondary school, college and degree levels.
“I was adamant that I wanted us to devise a training programme with different modules so that students can engage with the work during their time with us. As employers, work experience is labour intensive but by devising the programme we are able to impart the best of our knowledge and experience on to them.
“We wanted them to go home at the end of the day feeling engaged and that they had learned something. The programme allows the students to be immersed in what they are doing.
“Of course, there are some students who come to us thinking they’d like to become a lawyer but actually having seen the nuts and bolts of what we do, they change their mind. But that’s just as valuable because it’s a good time for them to find out it’s not for them.
“Through what we offer, I certainly feel that we are giving something back to the community.”
The firm’s support for the community is another reason why it it has backed our Education Awards for another year.
Craig explained: “Education is really important to us as a firm and the educational mindset we have really married up with the awards. It’s a community event and we are very happy to do our bit to support and get involved with such events. As a firm we have a history of supporting schools and many members of staff are all still involved in schools as parents.
“We are really looking forward to attending the awards and wish all of those involved the very best of luck.”
We are looking for unsung heroes who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the environment. If you know of an individual, class or school which has done just that, nominate them today through our dedicated website here.