Cross-sector arts project at Southside House, Wimbledon

This year’s joint creative writing and art project between Ursuline High School and King’s College School, Wimbledon at Southside House has culminated in the publication of an illustrated anthology of poetry by the pupils entitled Footsteps Heard.

Meeting in the evocative setting of Southside House, with its historical and literary associations, every Friday in term-time, the pupils’ creative endeavours have been supervised by two King’s teachers, Ben Bransfield and Nick Pollen. As well as getting the opportunity to work in the house every Friday, the young poets and artists from the two schools have been able to make use of a traditional printing press gifted by King’s parents. The beautiful anthology of poetry and images they have produced is on sale in the house.

As usual, this year the teachers and pupils on the project have also organised two creative writing sessions for younger pupils, one in February and one in June, as part of the aspirations project run by the Wimbledon Independent-State Schools partnership. The summer session took place in Southside House last Friday and involved pupils from Ricards Lodge and Ursuline High Schools and St Mark’s academy.

Founded by Heather McKissack MBE in 2003, the Wimbledon ISSP embraces governorships, teacher and management training courses, after-school GCSE revision classes, the aspirations project and a wide range of weekly mentoring activities and joint projects with around thirty maintained schools.

For further details, please contact Harry Chapman, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, King's College School, Wimbledon. Tel 020 8255 5327 


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