Our teachers have been hosting workshops and co-curricular clubs as well as teaching lessons in more local schools.
South Hampstead’s Classics outreach programme has been running for nearly a decade, with our teachers now visiting more primary schools in Camden and Southwark. At St James the Great Primary School in Peckham, pupils have already mastered different forms of the verb ‘to be’ and know all the words for members of the family in Latin; a couple of pupils in Year 5 and 6 have been learning vocab at home independently, and been awarded special badges for their efforts.
Meanwhile, at Eleanor Palmer School in Kentish Town, our Head of Modern Foreign Languages is introducing more pupils to Spanish and French via weekly sessions. The successful partnership has also secured a government grant to provide language teaching software and a languages library at the local primary school.
At our neighbouring Holy Trinity Primary School, our Junior School Teachers and Sixth Form volunteers have been offering co-curricular activities before school; we are also running joint workshops with their staff to develop their knowledge of the 11+ process and are delighted that several of their Year 5 pupils are joining our Saturday Sparks booster sessions. We are also planning an eco-garden at South Hampstead, to enable Holy Trinity and South Hampstead pupils to enjoy outdoor learning together.
Through our Debate Hub, we continue to provide opportunities for hundreds of pupils to find their voice, with a busy schedule of coaching and competitions; and we are pleased to report that 12 Upper Sixth students from our partner schools have been offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge this year, after attending our Oxbridge interview preparation sessions.