Bridge ProgrammeWidening Access

To help widen access to our school, in January 2020 we launched 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 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.

In addition we have partnered with Keystone Tutors to provide two weeks of booster sessions: 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 are 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.

We are very proud that, despite the challenges of the pandemic, nearly 40 students have graduated from the inaugural year of the programme and the majority are now applying for bursaries at independent schools for 2021 entry. We are looking to build upon this success and are delighted that 82 students are signed-up for the 2021 Bridge Programme. Below you can hear from the Bridge students about their experience of being part of the programme.

If you are a Head of a State Primary School who would like to hear more about the Bridge programme, please email us at: office@godolphinandlatymer.com If you are a parent, please speak to your Head Teacher

I think it’s an extraordinary programme and feel so grateful to have been a part of it. The children were brilliant, their ideas phenomenal and their enthusiasm was infectious. I celebrate 20 years of teaching this year and today will be a real highlight.
Godolphin and Latymer teacher
The teachers supported very well despite the Lockdown. Giving online learning for my child is a great help.
Parent, Bridge Programme 2020