OutreachWidening Access – the Bridge Programme
In 1945 Godolphin and Latymer became a state grammar school so that it was free to offer places to bright girls – from a wide range of different cultures, faiths and backgrounds – no matter how well-off their family was.
Government policy – and therefore the school’s status – changed, but this ethos of social inclusivity strongly remains 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.
To help turn this into a reality we are taking a proactive approach to widening access and are launching the Bridge Programme which is an academic enrichment programme for Year 5 girls and boys from primary schools in the local area.
The programme involves school children, nominated by their Head teachers, coming to Godolphin and Latymer on one Saturday every month from January 2020 through to December 2020. There will be 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.
In addition, there will be two weeks of booster sessions offered: one at the end of the summer holidays and another during autumn half-term. These are intensive, 5-day courses delivered by experts in independent education.
The aim of the Bridge Programme is first and foremost to provide academic enrichment for bright boys and girls from families who wouldn’t normally consider sending their children to independent schools. Parents will also be provided with advice and information about the financial support offered by independent schools and our aim is to demystify the whole application process.
If you are a Head of a State Primary School who would like to hear more about the Bridge programme, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a parent, please speak to your Head Teacher