30 November 2023
In the 2022-23 academic year, for example, students from Pimlico Academy and Chelsea Academy were invited to join Lawyer Portal LNAT prep and a ‘preparation for medical interviews’ workshop with medics from Imperial College London alongside FHS Sloane Square Sixth Formers. Senior FHS teachers also provided mock Oxbridge interviews for students from Pimlico Academy.
We have hosted the annual Coram Beanstalk BookFest, where 600 primary school pupils from all over London visit FHS for interactive talks by renowned authors, since 2016, and hosted the first ‘In-Deep Greatest Showman Summer Workshop’, a drama, dance, art and music therapy workshop for almost 40 young people with special learning needs, in Summer 2022.
We treasure a special partnership with St Barnabas CE Primary, where students are invited to join our After School Science Clubs and use the library and playground facilities, and have their Summer Trips programme fully funded by FHS donations. In 2022-23, two FHS Sixth Formers held a lunchtime Basketball Club at St Barnabas featuring their own ‘NBA League’, which was very popular among St Barnabas students as well as enjoyed by the Sixth Formers, who described the experience as ‘truly amazing’. FHS volunteers also help with the Monday Homework Club and running the choir at St Matthew’s Primary School.
Through our longstanding partnership with Katherine Low Settlement, we have also been able to support recently arrived refugees to ensure that they can access education and other services. As well as donating 12 laptops to the KLS ‘Love to Learn’ Homework Club, our IT Department have run IT workshops, and our Exams Officer works with translators to offer exam-based Zoom support, translated into Urdu, to refugee families.
We also continue partnership with Mvumi School, Tanzania; where we raised £43,000 to build a new ablutions block in 2021. We sponsor four visually impaired pupils at Mvumi, covering the cost of their boarding and tuition fees, and have raised an additional £10,000 for a braille reader, new resources for the library and other essential pieces of equipment. Our Director of Creative Enterprise, Nick Dyson, another FHS teacher and two Year 11 students visited Mvumi in October 2023, where they got to know students and staff and taught Maths and Geography.
We look forward to seeing these partnerships and others continue to blossom, greatly benefitting our own school community and 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.