The Hampton ISSP

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The Hampton Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) is a collaboration of schools from both the state and independent sector, working together to provide opportunities for their most able students to engage with each other through a variety of learning activities.

The alliance is made up of two independent schools (Hampton School and The Lady Eleanor Holles LEH) and five state schools (Hampton High, The Hollyfield School, Orleans Park School, Teddington School and Tolworth Girls’ School).

The Hampton ISSP exists for the benefit of pupils at each of the seven schools listed above. Over time, it has together built up a lively and varied programme of educational and co-curricular opportunities, alongside the provision of academic support throughout the year.  This has enabled pupils and teachers across the partnership to work collaboratively and to draw upon the particular strengths of each school.  All schools within the Hampton ISSP are invited to host events across the year, during which pupils join together for activities including the following: Mathematics, IT, Science, Design & Technology, Public Speaking, Dance, Music, and a Model United Nations Conference.

Partnerships in focus

  • Revision courses: The partnership facilitates GCSE revision courses for pupils at the A*/A and C/D boundaries during the Spring Term and May Half Term for over 100 maintained school pupils. All courses are free to the pupils and are entirely funded by ISSP. Running for many years, the revision sessions have crossed a range of subjects, resulting in an improvement in the final grades awarded. 

  • Academic Opportunities: Pupils from the state-funded member schools have been able to enjoy educational opportunities which would not otherwise have been available, such as courses in A-Level Further Mathematics and GCSE Latin.

  • Gifted and Talented: The partnership schools run a range of days for Gifted and Talented students from different year groups in a variety of subjects. For example Hampton School runs a very successful Science Day for Year 9 pupils and, with the assistance of LEH, hosts an inspiring Music Day for choirs and orchestras.

  • Peer mentoring: In a direct link between Hampton School and a maintained co-educational secondary school, Sixth Formers from Hampton mentor GCSE pupils at the C/D grade boundary: our pupils support them on a weekly basis as they work to achieve the C grades valued by universities and employers alike.

  • Drama: In co-operation with other schools, Hampton pupils put on a variety of music and drama performances.

  • Sport: The Hampton ISSP has also led to the sharing of many of Hampton School’s facilities by schools within the partnership. Hampton School’s sports facilities are frequently used by one of the schools within the partnership.

Community links

In addition to the work done within the Hampton ISSP, Hampton School and LEH also play a very active role within the wider community. For example, Hampton School’s sports facilities are used each weekend by the Football Association’s South East Cerebral Palsy Regional Talent Centre; LEH organises parties for residents of local care homes supported by pupils from Hampton School; and Hampton School is helping talented pupils from state-funded secondary schools with their applications for Oxford and Cambridge universities.  Hampton and LEH remain strongly committed to developing in our pupils a sense of social responsibility and an understanding of the importance of being actively involved in the community.