This year King’s College School, Wimbledon collaborated once again on a spectacular theatrical production with seven state-funded partner schools. Created and rehearsed every Friday in the autumn and spring terms, The Pilgrim of Love involved around 150 pupils from Ricards Lodge High School and RR6, the Coombe Schools, St Mark’s Academy, Perseid and Cricket Green special schools, Bond primary school and King’s. Directed by David Antrobus, the show’s message of love and reconciliation across faiths made the show especially topical this year. A short film about the making of the production has just been produced:
The Wimbledon ISSP was founded in 2003 and is run by King’s College School in collaboration with a group of seven state-funded secondary schools. Its work includes cross-sector governance, teacher and management training courses, support for applicants to Russell Group universities and medical schools, revision classes for GCSE students and a three-year project for students in Years 9-11 who will be first-generation graduates. King’s also runs a year-long project for primary school pupils to prepare them for entry tests to selective senior schools. Over 350 pupils engage in weekly mentoring at over twenty state-funded secondary, special needs and primary schools in subjects such as Maths, Science, Latin, Chinese, Geography and English, while King’s sixth-formers work on joint drama and creative writing projects with their counterparts at three state-funded sixth forms. The creative projects in the programme lead to an annual partnership production and the school hosts an arts and games project for primary schools in the first week of the summer holidays.