We believe every student has the right to an aspirational future. Before lockdown, we welcomed local students to our inaugural Aspirational Futures Fair, described by Haverstock School’s Head of Sixth Form as “transformative.” With the increased use of online learning platforms, we have opened up our regular careers and speaker events to a wider audience than ever before. Our teachers offer mock interviews to partner school students applying for Oxbridge, Medicine and Veterinary Science; our careers team provide guidance on the UCAS process for local schools setting up their own Sixth Forms; and our subject specialists collaborate with various schools across the UK to help develop their departments.
Our partnership programme also aims to open hearts. A diverse array of dynamic social action initiatives encourages pupils to develop new skills and to take the lead. From Camden to Calcutta, all our students have numerous opportunities to volunteer, to give back and to make a difference. The school community is also committed to ensuring sustainable, positive environmental change and was recently recognised with a national eco award.
A key aim is to ensure our students find their voice and we have the same ambition for our partner schools. Our teachers provide French, Latin and Spanish lessons to local primary pupils and secured a government grant to open a special languages library at the school. Another initiative is South Hampstead’s ‘Debate Hub’: a mutually enriching partnership with local state schools, empowering those who would not otherwise have access to debating provision. Picking up this year’s national Oracy Culture Award, South Hampstead was commended for its inclusive approach and for fostering a genuine sense of community.
For an overview of our recent community and partnership work, please visit the Schools Together website.
In a time of unique challenges and opportunities, it’s important our young women are empowered to make a difference.