Through our long-standing partnership with Central Foundation Boys’ School (Central Foundation), an Islington inner-city school a short walk from our office, we run projects involving more than 150 volunteers. Its 900 students speak 34 different first languages and over 70% have claimed free school meals during their time at school.

The Key Project

Working in partnership with educational charity The Access Project, we launched the Key Project at Central Foundation in 2012 to help its motivated students achieve places at top universities.

The Key Project provides students with a wide programme of weekly one-to-one tutorials with our volunteers, after-school workshops and career insight events. It is designed to help bright and motivated students maximise their university opportunities by enhancing their academic achievements, confidence, articulacy and career aspirations.

In 2012, the first year of the Key Project, only 19% of students going on to university from Central Foundation won places at top-third universities.  Four years later, this had more than doubled to 52% of students across the whole year group.

The Key Project has received a host of awards including a Big Tick from Business in the Community and a Lord Mayor's Dragon Award.

"Our commitment to our students and their families is that students’ background will not limit their chances to fulfil their potential. The Key Project and our partnership with Slaughter and May and the charity, The Access Project, enable us to provide the support our students need to gain places at the country’s top universities."

Jamie Brownhill, Headteacher at Central Foundation Boys’ School

UCAS project

On the UCAS project, our volunteers work one-to-one with the students to help them write their personal statements for their university applications.

Around 30 volunteers from the firm are involved each year. They help not only with the application process, but also answer the students’ questions about university life.

Career insight sessions

Volunteers from across the firm share their advice and experience through our career insight sessions. Primarily focused on non-legal careers, they provide students with an opportunity to learn about the diverse range of roles available in the City, including finance, IT, events and marketing. The sessions can take the form of lunchtime workshops or career networking events when we invite volunteers from clients and suppliers to broaden the range of careers on offer.