The ninth Open Doors project took place at King’s College School, Wimbledon, from 11th to 15th July. Around 150 children in years 4 and 5 from St Mark’s, Southmead and Bond primary schools enjoyed a week of exciting arts or sports activities, supervised by sixth-formers from King’s, RR6 and Coombe Boys’ School. The arts activities, which included music, drama, movement and art, led to a spectacular show in the school theatre on the last day. Based on the theme of Flight, this was the last production directed by King’s outgoing director of drama, Adam Cross. Pupils on the sports project enjoyed a rota of hockey, swimming, tennis, dodgeball, tag rugby, rounders, football and other games, culminating in a sports tournament on the last day. Both aspects of the project enabled sixth-formers from King’s and two of its partner secondary schools to gain valuable work experience, as well as have a great time! Large numbers of the children’s parents attended the show, tournament and prize-giving, at which the Mayor of Merton spoke warmly about King’s work with many of the schools in her borough. The project was generously supported by the Friends of King’s.
The Open Doors Project is run by the Wimbledon ISSP, which was founded in 2003. The partnership embraces governorships, teacher training, management courses, spring term GCSE revision classes, a special project for pupils who will be first-generation graduates, a science course for gifted Year 8s and a wide range of weekly mentoring and joint projects with around 30 sixth forms, academies, secondary schools, special schools and primary schools in South-West London. Next year’s Open Doors project will be from 10th-14th July.