30 November 2023
Earlier this year, Year 9 pupils collaborated with The St Marylebone CE School and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on an exciting architecture project, where they were challenged to redesign St Marylebone, developing problem-solving skills and creative solutions while forging new friendships. Our partnership also includes weekly outreach teaching in Year 8 – A Level Latin and A Level Physics.
Partner schools including St Marylebone, All Saints Catholic College and King Solomon Academy take part in many of our enrichment initiatives, offering invaluable opportunities to share different ideas and perspectives. For example, we’ve welcomed an amazing line up of speakers including Baroness Lady Hale, Amanda Pritchard and Helen Fielding to our Hale Lecture Series, where pupils lead interactive conversations and Q&A with our guest speakers in collaboration with our partners. A Year 10 St Marylebone student commented, “I love the Hale Lectures at FHS. I’ve been to all four so far this year. My favourite has got to be hearing from Baroness Lady Hale and getting her to sign my copy of ‘Spider Woman’.”
Further collaborative learning takes place at our annual Classics Symposium, featuring inspirational talks by University of Cambridge academics, which is attended by over 100 students from all over London and the South East, and our annual German Speaking Day, which is attended by over 150 students from partner schools in London and Bristol.
In Summer 2023, we hosted an anti-racism guidance event specifically for primary and prep schools, in collaboration with ACEN (African Caribbean Education Network), Highgate School and Wimbledon High School GDST Junior School, welcoming primary and prep school heads, senior teachers and industry leaders from all over the UK, including Francis Holland School – Sloane Square Junior School.
Our Sixth Form volunteering programme offers further opportunities to enrich our partnerships, with Sixth Formers volunteering in local schools such as St Edward’s Primary School and Swiss Cottage School, and we are pleased to share share facilities such as our swimming pool with local partners including Swimmer’s Corner, who offer lessons to adults and children in the local community, and Swimunity, who offer free swimming lessons to women and children in North Kensington.
We look forward to seeing these partnerships and others continue to flourish, greatly benefitting our own school community as well as those of our partner schools, for years to come. Thank you to all our partners for being a pleasure to work with and teaching us so much.