Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)
- 45 state schools involved
- 500+ state school pupils involved
- 900 staff hours given
Chester Schools Together - a new partnership between The King’s School, Bishops’ Blue Coat School and Blacon High School. This new project aims to bring together students from all three schools for a variety of learning experiences, initially with a series of Masterclasses running concurrently across the three schools for three consecutive Saturdays. With an overall theme of Creativity, the Masterclasses, involving a mix of students from each school, are led by teaching staff from all three schools. One pupil commented “It’s really good to work with kids from other schools and see their schools. Everyone has lots of different ideas and it starts really good conversations.”
Science Day - Science (chemistry) day for 24 pupils from three schools from Blacon primary schools and one in Wrexham (areas of deprivation). Designed to improve aspiration by showing how science can be fun and challenging by creating a day around a ‘crime scene’ that they have to solve with basic forensic science techniques. A teacher commented: “St Theresa’s had a fantastic experience at the ‘Whodunnit day’. They couldn’t wait to share their learning back at school. Many thanks!”
Author visit – Eighty-five KS2 pupils from four state schools joined our Junior School pupils at a visit from author Lauren Child, Children's Laureate and creator of Charlie and Lola. They enjoyed a presentation from Lauren, followed by a Q&A session and a chance to talk to her afterwards and getting their book signed. Teacher from Dee Point Primary School commented “Thank you for a fantastic afternoon. We’re heading back with our signed books and lots of inspiration for our writing.”
Invitational Tournament – We welcomed nearly 160 children from eight local schools to take part in a multi-sport tournament. The pupils, from ages 9-11, were invited to compete in netball and football matches throughout the afternoon. All of the competitors showed great determination and displayed excellent sporting attitudes. Sports staff from King’s coordinated and hosted the tournament. Super proud of our Year5/6 netball team’s performance at King’s. 2nd overall in the entire tournament, losing to King’s 10-4 in the final! A superb achievement! Thank you to @kingschester for a great day!
Cubic Challenge Maths Competition – We welcomed 72 pupils from 18 schools for a day of maths challenges and puzzles, designed to engage pupils from Year 5 and 6 in Maths, followed by a Maths lecture from a children's mathematician. One teacher commented: “The children enjoyed the day very much and it was just exactly at the right level of challenge. It has made want to push them more in school with their problem solving!” and another one said: “The children felt very comfortable the whole time they were at Kings and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges. All staff were very patient and kind with them and at no point did the children feel overwhelmed. The challenges gave them plenty to think about but they weren't daunted by them.” A number of children who attended have since applied for a bursary to study at King’s.
Latin Lessons - Teaching Latin sessions for Year 4 pupils in three primary schools and Year 3 pupils in one other. A Yr4 teacher at one school: “Sharon worked excellently well with the children and provided useful resources and PowerPoints that would allow the children to learn the basic concepts of Latin. Children were engaged in her lessons and would demonstrate this through offering answers; asking insightful questions and completing the activities with enthusiasm.”
A Deputy Head and Yr4 teacher elsewhere said: “During the Spring Term we were lucky enough to take part in a series of Latin sessions led by Sharon Gareh from The King’s School. The class taking part was made up of 32 Year 4 children with a range of abilities and over 50% SEND. The children loved their Latin sessions, even learners who can sometimes be more challenging to engage. Sharon quickly established good relations with learners and all the children could access the content thanks to the organisation and preparation of resources. The sessions also reinforced and expanded the children’s previous learning about The Romans and further reinforced their English skills too. It was wonderful for the children to be able to broaden their horizons by taking part in a subject which we do not usually offer at The Arches. The children were delighted and proud to achieve their certificates at the end of the sessions!”