King’s extensive partnerships and outreach programme reflects a strong belief in the benefit of educational partnerships and a permanent commitment to sharing our resources with the local community. A unique feature of King’s, it fosters an ethos of social awareness and respect for difference.
The programme has three main strands: the co-ordination of the Wimbledon Schools Partnership, consisting of King’s and seven maintained secondary schools and sixth forms, a wide range of arrangements with 27 other maintained secondary, primary, special schools and sixth forms which offer mentoring opportunities for our pupils, and an outreach programme which includes gardening, work in libraries and a weekly tea for the elderly. King’s also benefits from an overseas partnership with Fiwila School in Zambia.
Many members of the school contribute to the programme, from governors to pupils in the lower fifth and above. It is run by the Director of Partnerships and Outreach, two assistant directors and over 35 members of staff. The unique depth and quality of our involvement with local educational institutions, reinforced by the engagement of staff and pupils, have provoked interest from the press and local and national government.
"The excellent work that King’s College School leads with its partner schools is a great example of the strong partnerships that exist between many independent and state schools. It means students and teachers from both sectors learn from each other – and it is extremely beneficial all round. I commend the work that King’s is doing, and strongly encourage other independent schools to develop similar successful partnerships." Lord Nash, Schools Minister