Following the success of its partnership production in March, the Wimbledon ISSP will be mounting its third cross-sector stage production in 2017. Rehearsals will start in September and take place every Friday afternoon in term-time until the performance in March 2017. Around 150 students from primary, secondary and special needs schools in Merton and Kingston will take part, with each school’s Head of Drama co-ordinating a section of the show. Schools participating will be Coombe Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, Ricards Lodge High School and RR6, St Mark’s Academy, Perseid and Cricket Green special schools and Bond primary school, Mitcham. Pupils from King’s College School, Wimbledon, will act in every section, either working with pupils of their own age or mentoring younger children. The short video shows preparations for this year’s production,The Man Who Planted Trees.
Created in 2003, the Wimbledon ISSP includes governorships, teacher and management training, support for applicants to Russell Group universities and medical schools, weekly spring term GCSE revision classes, a three-year project for pupils who will be first-generation university students, a gifted and talented science course, a project which prepares gifted Year 5s for tests to selective senior schools and a wide range of weekly joint or mentoring projects at around 30 secondary, primary and special schools in South West London.