Francis Holland School shares guest speakers with St Marylebone CofE School

Partner: The St Marylebone CofE School, London
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

Francis Holland School runs a speaker programme throughout the year. Of particular interest is the "Women of Influence" lecture series which runs in assemblies in the Spring Term and the "focus fortnight" in the Autumn Term. Pupils and teacher from St Marylebone are always invited to attend.

Aims of the project

Francis Hollland has an enviable address book of contacts who are willing to come in and speak to the pupils. Often they are motivated by the opportunity to speak to girls in particular and they sometimes have a message of empowerment, resilience or motivation for thier audience. These talks are as appropriate to the girls from St Marylebone as they are to the girls of Francis Holland; we are good neighbours to eachother and we share good things.

Background and goals

The Headmaster at Francis Holland is an acquaintance of the Headteacher at St Marylebone and from this personal relationship have arisen benefits to the pupils in the two schools. The project began early in 2016 and continues.


In November 2016, girls from St Marylebone attended a fascinating symposium on the topic female engagement with an entrepreurial spirit. This was as part of "Entrepreneurship Fortnight".

In April 2017, a small group of St Marylebone girls joined the assembly to hear HRH the Princess of Jordan speak about being a muslim woman in Britain.

In November 2017, the symposium entitled "The Workplace of the Future" was well-attended by girls from both schools and also some parents.



There is a qualitative impact to this collaboration. It is very difficult to measure, but through these shared experiences, pupils at both schools are becoming acquainted and building relationships.

Pupil involvement


Frequency and duration

Throughout the year, some examples above.