On Saturday 4th February, around 120 carefully selected students from the schools in the Wimbledon Independent-State Schools Partnership joined us on the King’s site. After a warm-up in the school theatre, the pupils in year 9 enjoyed master-classes in Chinese, creative writing, Engineering and Chemistry, and those in year 10 attended special lessons in Economics, Geography, History and Ancient Greek. The year 11 pupils in the project participated in a conference on Preparing for University run by Future Foundations, and the morning ended with a tour of classes for the students’ parents followed by a snack accompanied by jazz beautifully played by our sixth formers.
The aspirations project is a three-year programme of master-classes, lectures and educational excursions designed to encourage pupils who will be first-generation scholars to be more confident and ambitious at school and beyond. It was cited in the government’s most recent consultation document on education as an outstanding example of cross-sector collaboration.