Aims of the project
To raise attainment of pupils at the schools in the ISSP and extend the social and educational horizons of pupils at all the schools. To provide opportunities for CPD and improve management skills at all the schools. To extend the range of subjects on offer at the partner schools (eg Latin, Classical Civilisation and Chinese) and share our facilities.
Need: continuing improvement in results at the partner schools, developing quality of management and teaching at all schools, support for the partner schools' developing sixth forms.
Critical factors: Trust, mutual respect, clear communication, designated staff in charge of the partnership at both schools, termly reviews of the programme.
Beneficiaries: staff and pupils.
Background and goals
The Wimbledon ISSP was created in 2003 by Heather McKissack in response to the London Challenge. It has evolved and grown considerably over the last 12 years.
The full backing of school governors and the SMT. Designated staff members to oversee the CPD and other aspects of the partnership. Members of staff at all schools overseeing different projects. Timetabled time on Friday afternoons for projects involving pupils. The partnership is costly in terms of invisible expenditure, and a budget is required for extra teaching, transport and catering . The teaching of Latin GCSE at Coombe Girls' School is sponsored by a King’s parent.
GCSE and AS and AL results at the core schools in the partnership continue to improve. The partnership is mentioned favourably in Ofsted and ISI inspection reports. The seven core secondary schools are represented on the committee which reviews the work of the partnership every term.
Hundreds of partner school pupils are affected by the work of the ISSP every year. King’s sixth-formers are involved either in mentoring subjects such as Latin, Chinese, Maths, Science and EAL or are engaged in joint projects with pupils of their own age in drama, singing and creative writing. Y11 & 12 pupils at the partner schools and King's schools assist with the aspirations debating sessions and our annual sports and arts projects for primary schools.
Frequency and duration
Permanent, ongoing. Full governors’ meetings take place once a term as well meetings of governors' committees. Meetings of the core ISSP are termly and the middle management course once a year. GCSE revision weekly are in the spring term and mentoring by pupils takes place every Friday.