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Initiatives for 2019-20

Having been identified as providing additional value to the school, the following projects will be supported by the Trust in 2019-20:

Breakfast Club

Over two hundred students and fifty staff have breakfast each day. With so many students taking breakfast two or three times a week, Breakfast Club continues to have a positive impact on attendance and punctuality. There is overwhelming evidence that a healthy breakfast helps students work better and concentrate harder. Breakfast Club receives annual financial support from Patrons Jeremy and Britta Lloyd.

To keep this initiative going requires £45,000 each year.

The 'Supporting Science'  Project

Funded by the Möhn Westlake Foundation, a major  initiative since 2014, Supporting Science has gone from strength to strength since inception.

The aim of the project is to improve access and provide additionally to the science curriculum throughout the whole school, with clubs, courses, a Science Week, a link with Imperial College, special resources, visits, and teacher in-service opportunities.

With a range of science activities such as Dissection Club, Dangerous Experiments, Reptile Keepers, Breakfast with Scientists, Computer Scientists, Physics Club and Engineering Club, the science department is encouraging more students to take up the sciences at A level and university, while raising academic attainment in science across the whole school.

The 'Supporting Science'  Project receives  £16,000 annually.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

With long-sustained support from Patrons Christopher and Jo Holdsworth-Hunt, the Trust funds the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Gold, Silver and Bronze level for  one hundred and twenty five students. Guidance and leadership is provided by the Trust’s Physical Fitness Trainer -  a professionally qualified Mountain Leader with advanced First Aid certificates. The Trust funds the entire training, resourcing and leadership of the expedition element of the award.

This scheme requires £20,000 each year.

Residential Courses

Each year, the Trust funds an extended weekend learning courses in maths  at Flatford Mill in Suffolk. Over two hundred students have attended these courses in the past five years, with all students achieving their target grades, and the majority exceeding it by one grade.The Trust also helps a number of individual Sixth Formers to attend one of the many residential Summer Schools organised at UK universities.

Residential courses require £6,000 each year.

Physical Fitness Training

This initiative - started  seven years ago - provides the school with a Physical Fitness Trainer [PFT] to run daily  fitness clubs. Over time, the Trust has expanded the role of the PFT who now runs four clubs - The 300 Club, Thai-boxing Club, Cross Fit , and the fitness programme for all levels of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - bringing fitness techniques, endurance training, and healthy lifestyle awareness to some  one hundred and fifty students.

The Clubs require £14,000 each year.

Teacher initiatives

The Trust is indebted to the enthusiastic support of teachers. Throughout the academic year, individual teachers and groups of teachers are invited to apply to the Trust to fund projects that encourage and reward effort, academic performance, and behaviour in and out of school. Smaller projects include ART, MUSIC, DANCE, SPORT the LIBRARY and SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS. Teachers can apply for funds for a specific project. Applications are considered and grants made to projects that will make a valuable additional contribution to students’ learning and confidence. These projects make an important contribution to the life of the school and reinforce positive behaviour amongst students.

Some £5,000 a year is reserved for these projects.

Patron-Sponsored Projects

Through the generosity of individual Patrons, the Trust has been able to support the school with long-term initiatives,all of which are  on-going this year.

Currently,  Patrons  are sponsoring Breakfast Club, the 'Supporting Science' Project,  the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Maths residential weekends, and  Physical Fitness training

We are immensely grateful to our Patrons for supporting  projects with a total of £75, 000 annually.