The Westminster Platform

Partner: Rotherhithe Primary School, London and another 30 primary schools
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

To work closely with a large number of inner London Primary Schools and in consultation with Heads, identify the very best one of two boys in their Year 5 who have demonstrated high levels of academic achievement but also academic potential,. They are then invited to join Platform for which their is no cost and for which they are committed to a year of intervention style Saturday mronngs and longer time periods of two days. The programme is delivered by the Staff of Westminster Under School

Aims of the project

To diversify the intake of primary school pupls who would not otherwise be aware of the year 7 intake at Westminster Under School or have the training to pass the exam. Pupils have been identified for their potential but will invariably hail from primary schools with high pupil premium. We now have close to 35 primary schools involved in the project. Website: www.westminsterplatform.org.uk

Background and goals

The Head Master of Westminster School Mr Patrick Derham and Deputy for Educational partnerships, Jeremy Kemball wanted to establish a large group of partner primary schools to work with on this project. Meetings were held with, initially, representatives from the LDBS and after many follow up meetings with individual heads, 25 partner primary schools wanted to be part of the programme. A year long academic enrichment programme was then developed by key members of the Under School staff and the programme launched in December 2016. The first programme day was February 4 2017 and the last will be in December 2017

Resources

Funding for the programme and follow up bursaries has been received from the Worshipful Company of Drapers. Other funding and resorces form Literary Company Mrs Wordsmith and Westminster School (staff time). Some parents of current Under School pupils have also contributed significantly.

Impact

This will be judged on:

Boys passing the 11 plus Under School test in January 2018

Boys being offered places at other selective schools

Feedback from Heads on any imporvement in academic performance at current school

 

Pupil involvement

31 boys  from 20 primary schools are currently involved

Frequency and duration

10 Saturday mornings throughout the year January 2017 - January 2018 with 2 additional two full day courses - this year 10 and 11 July 2017