Masterclasses on the Move

Partner: Westbury Park Primary School, Westbury Park, Bristol
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

The School has purchased and made bespoke a 'Masterclass Bus'.  Every week pupils and staff members take to the bus to deliver free, bespoke masterclasses at primary schools in and around the Bristol area.  Masterclasses are tailored to suit needs and requests of the schools and provide a unique educational experience from which staff and pupils, both at Clifton High and the schools visited, benefit

Aims of the project

The aim of this project is to deliver bespoke masterclasses to local primary schools and youth organisations sharing the expertise and knoweldge of both our pupils and teachers within the community

Background and goals

Following a supberb ISI inspection, the School was keen to share with local schools the exceptional skill sets, talents and knowledge of the pupils and staff at Clifton High in an original way.  Clifton High offers many topics for teaching, put forward by its own staff,  to local schools who then contact Clifton High with their requests. Alternatively, experiences can be individually tailored to suit the school.

Resources

The School purchased and made bespoke a special mastercalss bus to be used to transport teachers, sixth form pupils (no more than 6) and the necessary equipment to deliver masterclasses to local schools and community groups.  The High School offers a broad selection of masterclasses from which schools may choose; alternatively the masterclasses delivered are tailor-made to suit a school's particular requests, either to support their curriculum or to add value to the extra-curricular activities.

Impact

Feedback received from pupils and teachers at the schools where masterclasses are delivered has been overwhelmingly positive, with many coming back for a second year.  One local school made use of this experience for a whole day as part of 'Arts Week'.

Pupil involvement

Clifton High School's own sixth form students accompany the staff on the bus, to deliver masterclasses to mostly years 5 and 6 puipls at local schools

Frequency and duration

This initiative was launched in September 2016 and masterclasses offered on a weekly basis.