Partnerships, Community & OutreachSharing and building relationships

We’ve had sixth formers complete A levels at our neighbouring private schools, Godolphin and Latymer... in subjects we don’t offer ... this is real partnership, not window dressing for their websites
David Benson, Head, Kensington Aldridge Academy

Partnership, community and outreach projects are intrinsic to school life at Godolphin and our students embrace the opportunities to work with others and to share ideas and experiences. Through our partnership collaborations we share our resources, activities and facilities with our neighbours and the wider community, whilst benefiting from working creatively and forging connections with them. Our students develop their own Social Impact projects partnering with local schools and organisations and also volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes and as part of their CAS projects if they are studying for the IB Diploma.

Previously a girls’ grammar school, our ethos of social inclusivity remains strong and is supported by our means-tested bursary programme; we would like every bright girl who is offered a place at Godolphin to be able to come, irrespective of her financial background. In 2020 we launched the Bridge Outreach Programme, an academic enrichment programme that also supports our ambition to widen access to the school.

The ISC Schools Together website celebrates and encourages partnership projects between independent schools, maintained schools and local communities and Godolphin and Latymer has a wide range of projects listed.

Please find details of our Partnership Projects below:

Partnership Projects

Bridge Outreach Programme

The Bridge Programme involves Year 5 children, nominated by their primary school Head teachers, coming to Godolphin and Latymer on one Saturday every month from January through to December. There are a total of 12 sessions, taught by Godolphin and Latymer teachers, with each session consisting of Maths, English, and other lessons or activities on rotation, such as History, Geography, Music or debating. The goal is to give the pupils a taste of what secondary school teaching and learning is like, and to inspire and enthuse them in the subjects. In September 2023, five students from the Bridge programme joined Godolphin and Latymer in Year 7.

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Godolphin and Latymer is an educational partner of the Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA). The partnership covers academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and Higher Education preparation and involves staff and pupils. Shared staff development has taken place and joint training sessions take place at both schools. KAA students also attend G&L for A Level students not taught at KAA (for instance Mandarin).

G&L Futures Live Projects

The school partners with a host of organisation as part of its G&L Futures programme. These include Hammersmith and Fulham Sustainability Team; The Earls Court Development Company; Mighty Slice; Oatsu Saved; Team Repair; Reuters; IRIS, Chartwells; City AM; OakNorth; and LSE Generate.

Higher Education Undiscovered Subjects Programme

Every other year we welcome over 250 Year 10-12 students from a large number of state secondary schools to our Higher Education Undiscovered Subjects Programme covering university subjects not traditionally taught in school. These are a series of 30 – 40-minute lectures delivered online throughout February and March by a large number of leading academics from UK universities. The lectures are well attended by students from our state partner senior schools: West London Free School, Sacred Heart, Lady Margaret’s, Greenford High School, Cardinal Vaughan and Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Universities Fair

In March 2023 we held our inaugural university fair for students in Years 10 to the Lower Sixth as well as students from other local secondary schools.Over thirty providers from the UK, US and Europe attended, providing a valuable opportunity for students to explore a diverse range of higher education options and pathways. Representatives on stands in the Bishop Centre were available to answer questions and provide information about their respective institutions and there was also a selection of talks on medical admissions, global applications, degree apprenticeship pathways and Oxbridge admissions.

University Interview Exchange Evening

The Higher Education department host an Interview Exchange Evening, inviting 144 students from local schools to have practice interviews in support of their higher education applications. Students and teachers from Godolphin and Latymer, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, West London Free School, Kensington Aldridge Academy, St Mary’s Ascot and other local schools all come together to engage in stimulating conversations and take part in some interview practice.

Maths Department Interviews

The Maths department is a key partner with Magdalen College School conducting mock interviews for state school students from Oxfordshire and beyond for Maths, Computer Science and Engineering degree applications.

Primary School Sports

Pupils from West London Free School Primary and Earls Court Free School Primary use our sports facilities every Monday morning, and we partner with the London Youth Games to run trials for the Hammersmith and Fulham Primary netball and hockey teams.

Primary School Latin Club

Our Sixth Formers also run the Latin Club at John Betts Primary School.

TRAID Second-hand clothes sale

Our Sustainability Committee organises regular second-hand clothes and accessories sales with all profits going to the anti-fast fashion charity TRAID.

Social Impact Projects

Students join Social Impact Action Groups to develop projects that can really make a difference to the local community. They make an individual or group submission to design a social impact project and provide a detailed proposal outlining the objectives, how it would be implemented, and the likely costs. The projects need to show evidence of having real potential to improve the lives of others and to achieve maximum impact, and to have the potential to be sustained beyond the students’ time at the school.Recent projects include: Musical Theatre with Flora Gardens Primary School; Dementia workshops in the local community.

Volunteering

Volunteering and working on community projects is an important aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh awards and girls volunteer with local schools, charitable organisations and community projects. Our students were collectively awarded a certificate for donating 5,434 hours of voluntary service to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme between 1 April 2022 and 30 March 2023.

Ancient World Breakfast Club

The Godolphin and Latymer Ancient World Breakfast Club (AWBC) was established in 2005 as a weekly lecture series to promote the study of the ancient world among members of the wider community. Since that time, interest has grown considerably – membership is currently around 200 people – and the club has developed a fine reputation for attracting distinguished speakers on many and varied topics to do with the ancient world.