Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)
- 15 state schools involved
- 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
- 120 staff hours given
*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.
We host annually a 5-part lecture series with three maintained secondary schools. Each school helps with inviting speakers and then looking after visitors. Most lecturers focus on career opportunities. Our impact assessment is that pupils (and parents) from all the schools involved are helped with exam options and also with goals and targets for career pathways.
We provide leadership training annually for six primary schools. A group of Y5 pupils from each school spend a day going through a tranche of challenges and assessments. We invariably receive fulsome thanks including a reference to the increased confidence of al pupils attending the course.
As we have not introduced MTQ48 or SCI2 questionnaires in the past, we are not in a position to quantitatively measure the impact our activities with state schools or local community has on our own pupils and those of the state schools or local community, we are very cognisant of the positive benefits our collaborative and collegiate activities have on both sets of pupils and the local community as a whole.
Our pupils are grateful for the opportunity to meet like-minded children from different backgrounds, cultures and prospects. They often comment on how they appreciate how fortunate they are to have the opportunities and experiences that they have been granted and they feel privileged to be able to share these opportunities and experiences with others.
Our local counterparts often comment on the warm welcome they receive from our staff and pupils when visiting our school. They appreciate the experiences that they receive when partnering with our own pupils; experiences which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to try.
When hosting joint sporting events with other independent and state schools; the camaraderie between peers is tangible and albeit whoever’s team wins on the day, all pupils leave the event with positive, rewarding and valuable memories.
At Ballard we recognise that we are very fortunate to have the facilities that we have; whether these be within our sports department or our enviable performing arts centre; and our pupils are always happy and willing to share these facilities with others with pride and enthusiasm.