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.

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 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 graduated from the inaugural year of the programme and the majority were awarded bursaries at independent schools. The programme has continued to grow and in 2022 over 80 children are attending the programme from 35 primary schools. 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: If you are a parent, please speak to your Head Teacher.

The teachers supported very well despite the Lockdown. Giving online learning for my child is a great help.
Parent, Bridge Programme 2020