IPS recognises that its educational mission extends well beyond its own precincts. As such, we are proud to take up our place within our wider community and to work with an extensive range of partners in pursuit of our collective goals. In recent years, we have established a diverse and ever-expanding programme of partnership activities and a complete record of these may be found via the Independent Schools’ Council and its Schools Together website.
As one might expect, the educational sector provides the setting for a great many of our projects. Our Sixth Form pupils work regularly with younger pupils from a wide variety of local primary schools. At secondary level, we have focused particularly on post-16 provision. For example, we work closely with a local partner comprehensive school on matters relating to higher education. In addition, we also collaborate with educationally-orientated organisations like the PiXL Club, Generating Genius and The Noisy Classroom. We have also assisted in university level research into the cognitive and emotional development of teenagers. Several of our staff serve on the governing bodies of local state-funded schools. Our facilities are made available to a variety of community partners.
Beyond education, we are similarly active in the local community. Our pupils visit nursing homes and libraries and they also work alongside local churches in the support of a variety of social enterprises. We provide a venue for locally-organised events and, naturally, we maintain links with several local charities and are an active fundraiser on their behalf.
By its very nature, IPS’s Partnerships Programme is an ever-evolving and dynamic thing. We welcome approaches from organisations which would like to explore potentially beneficial projects. By the same token, we are proactive in seeking out such partners, ever-mindful of the way in which we can contribute to the betterment of our community and our society at large.
#IPSPartnerships: Lower Sixth Form Leadership Projects
We are particularly proud of our LVIs and their contributions to community projects outside of School. These run throughout the academic year and have taken place in nearby Alton, Heathmere and Mosaic Jewish Primary Schools, as well as at nearby Roehampton Library. Some of our LVI assisted younger children one-to-one in their reading and maths, whilst others set up current affairs clubs to help the young pupils discuss important issues in the news that might affect them. Some organised playground games and sports at the Mosaic School. At Roehampton Library, members of LVI set up a Science and Coding Club aimed at primary school aged children. Our ongoing relationships with our partners is greatly valued. Through these, our pupils continue to have the opportunity to develop their confidence in leadership and planning. We recognise and applaud all the effort that they have put into their projects.
Miss Charlotte Rhead, Head Outreach and Partnerships
#IPSPartnerships: Up for Debate
We were proud to host a major debating competition for state-funded schools across the South of England. Working with our partners The Noisy Classroom. and the PiXL Club, we welcomed teams from 40 schools, some of which had come from as far as South Wales and East Anglia. It was a great pleasure to see both the Theatre and the classrooms of New School thrum to the sound of young, enthusiastic and thoughtful debaters and the day was an enormous success. We congratulate especially the two finalists: Woodside High School in Tottenham and the Jewish Community Secondary School in New Barnet. It was the latter that eventually walked away with the trophy to progress on to the National Final at Eton College.
#IPSPartnerships: Oxbridge Preparation Day
IPS hosted this day in partnership with Grey Court School. Pupils were put through their paces to prepare for all stages of the Oxbridge selection process. It began with the all-important admissions tests. Pupils were then able to review their performance with subject specialists who offered feedback. Pupils then undertook personal statement workshops where advisors reviewed first drafts and explained how to improve the second draft. Pupils were given articles, extracts, sources and problems, with the preparation continuing with ‘The Interview’ as Mrs Gillen and Ms Fincham shared some of their experiences of interviews at Oxbridge colleges. It was then over to the subject specialists once again, who put pupils through their paces, undertaking mock interview scenarios. We ended the day reflecting on what we had learned, and everyone left with at least three specific areas to work on.
#IPSPartnerships: Musicians visit Queen Mary’s Hospital
Six IPS Music Scholars visited Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton where, amidst the beep of ventilators and infusion pumps, the hiss of oxygen, and the clatter of trolleys, they performed a music recital to elderly and infirm patients in one of the wards. Thomas Boyle, S9, Sofia Caironi, S7, Edie Clemo Gibbins, S9, Sergio Hundal, S10, Lottie Sanderson, S8 and Helena Schidrich-Hyde, S9 played a number of pieces in both classical and jazz idioms to the delight of staff and patients. Afterwards, one patient said to the pupils that they were “the most talented group of children he had ever heard” and one of the nurses mentioned that one gentleman who had not spoken a word for several weeks suddenly burst into conversation as the pupils played. One cannot underestimate the healing power of music and we hope this is the start of a long lasting relationship with Queen Mary’s Hospital.