Eton, Slough, Windsor and Hounslow Independent and State School Partnership
Closer to home, we are proud to be a member of the Eton, Slough, Windsor and Hounslow Independent and State School Partnership (ISSP) with six local state schools (two comprehensives and two academies in Slough, a comprehensive in Windsor and another in Hounslow). The ISSP aims to raise pupil achievement; improve pupil self-esteem; raise pupil aspirations; and, improve professional practice across the schools. Since it was founded in 2008, this partnership has provided numerous opportunities for academic collaboration through Saturday Schools and other academic workshops and mentoring; collaboration in the arts and sports; and opportunities for teachers’ professional development. Since the collaboration started, results in the state schools have improved particularly at GCSE level.
Particular highlights from the 2013/14 Academic Year are as follows:
- 14 sixth form students from the partner schools worked with the charity First Story on a creative writing project over the Michaelmas and Lent Half with the writer Ben Faccini to produce a published anthology of short stories titled: The Art of Eating Biscuits.
- 13 sixth form students from the partner schools worked with Art History tutors from The Bigger Picture during Lent on a course to improve presentation skills and their creative appreciation of the power of art.
- 24 year 10 students from Eton, and Slough and Eton school participated in a four week program in July run by the charity NCS to develop a social action project in Slough to help those suffering from domestic abuse, and to participate in a residential course that extended their team work skills in physically challenging environments.
- The student mentoring scheme continued. Over 50 Eton boys mentored pupils from Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College in Maths and English GCSE and Maths AS and A2 level.
- Eton co-ordinated Maths revision (over two days) for GCSE students from the ISSP.
- The Saturday Satya programme ran at Eton on ten Saturday mornings across Michaelmas and Lent working with the Wisdom Project; over 30 year 10 students, including E Block students (year 10), came to learn how to develop their creative thinking and attitudes towards their spiritual core.
- Masters from Eton attended three key note lectures and seminars with senior leaders from the partner schools to exchange ideas about pedagogy and management in education.
- The Wisdom Project continued to be a focus to develop the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education of pupils from Eton and the partner schools through a number of seminars and workshops and a residential retreat at the end of the summer half.