Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)
- 11 state schools involved
- 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
- 200 staff hours given
Public Benefit Impact statements 2018– External activity with local schools and clubs
Blundell’s School involves itself with many different local schools, clubs and other organisations, providing a public benefit to those around us. We are fortunate to have extensive grounds and therefore commit ourselves, as a Charity, to using our facilities for the purposes of education in its widest sense, in line with the wishes of our founder.
During this past year, Blundell’s School (Senior and Prep) have expanded our interaction with and support of the West Country Teaching School Alliance (WCTSA) which involves us, as the sole Independent School within the invited group, becoming a strategic partner in Teaching School activities that benefit schools across Devon. The focus of the WCTSA activities are in three areas: School to School support; Continuous Professional Development; and Initial Teacher Training. This is a most exciting development as we are now working alongside over 10 maintained sector schools, primary and secondary as equal partners and will be contributing our areas of expertise to help schools struggling in the local area. The impact of this initiative improves every year. This year we have facilitated training placements for at least 8 trainee teachers. One of our Heads of Department has been selected as an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) and therefore is on the list for secondment to any state school needing support in Language teaching. The impact of this is yet to be quantified but could be up to four weeks a year for one of our teachers in a state school.
Another highly important school partnership continues to lie with the Culm Valley Small Schools Association (CVSSA) which comprises nine local primary schools. We have, over a number of years, committed to providing these nine schools with our own Physical Education teacher, Leigh Menheneott, one morning a week. He travels to each of the local schools or hosts them here, teaching PE, providing equipment and also hosting the schools in our facilities for staff INSET and meeting venues. We recently hosted all their meetings to discuss setting up their own MAT. The impact of this is that we provide one experienced teacher, free of charge, to the CVSSA schools for 5 hours a week over the whole academic year, totalling over 150 hours work.
We have become trusted partners with these local schools and we have contributed to the education of both pupils and staff over a number of years. We also host a wide variety of events involving local schools, in addition to our partnership work with the CVSSA. These involve sports events, such as hosting the Exeter area hockey competitions. The impact of this would be over 40 pupils attending training once or twice through the spring hockey season.
Our pupils volunteer locally with a number of different organisations, most notably the Churches Housing Action Trust (CHAT). Over the year we have given over £500 of charitable donations to CHAT and at least 5 pupils have regularly volunteered there. A member of staff serves as a Trustee of the charity.
Our close relationship with the Margaret Allan House for the elderly continues to build every year as well as work that we do with Hospice-care and many other groups. We have excellent relationships with these and many other charities in which we do not just raise money, but also undertake meaningful work too. The impact of this is that at least 6 pupils visit the 12 residents once a week through the academic year (33 weeks).
13 local school, youth groups and local clubs use our facilities on a regular basis including:
- Devon Country Cricket and East Devon Cricket
- White Eagles Men’s Hockey Team
- Tiverton Squash Club
- The Community Police Project
- Tiverton Swimming Club
Other groups who use the school include the Astronomy Society, Tiverton Harriers Athletics and the local chess club, to name but a few. Many other schools access our educational provision through links with drama productions, and we host the Royal Academy of Life Drawing day for all local schools. We are involved in providing facilities and expertise for Link education which provides alternative education for children with behavioural problems. The impact of these are difficult to quantify with certainty but it would be likely to involve over 100 pupils.
There are some good pilot initiatives happening in the school. The intention is that each boarding house will link up with a local primary school to find ways in which the pupils in the houses can serve and support those primary schools. Old House (a Year 9 – 12 boy’s house) is paired with Tidcombe Primary School and some projects are already underway.
The Senior Pupils at the school (School Monitors) make a termly report to the meeting of the Town Council. The Head Boy and Head Girl recently made that report and also extended an invitation to the pupil leadership at Tiverton high School to come and spend a day with us at Blundell’s. We hope that they will accept that invitation and that the visit will be reciprocated in time.
Different Houses support various charities
School House (Boys and Girls Year 7 & 8)
• SH are supporting a charity based in Exeter called Edukid. We raised £90.00 as well as sending out a giant parachute and a set of Dodgeballs to Cambodia from our home clothes day.
Gorton House (Girls Year 9 – 12)
• Since September 2018 GH has raised £1568.50 for:
o Send a cow, £88.50
o Exeter neonatal unit, £130
o Bristol children’s hospital The Grand Appeal, £525
o Alzheimer’s society, £525
o MIND and £175
o Tommy’s children’s charity donation £125
• Two large boxes of donations to CHAT at Christmas North Close (Girls Year 9 – 12)
• The girls held a special tribute for Clarissa Slade who was a North Close pupil.
• Devon Air Ambulance Trust - £800.00 from selling cookies with an edible rose on top.
Francis House (Boys Year 9 – 12)
• Youngminds, £731.00
Old House (Boys Year 9 – 12)
• Exmouth RNLI, £631.00
Petergate (Boys Year 9 – 12)
• CLIC Sargent, £455.00