Southwark Schools Learning Partnership The Master is also the Co-Director of Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), a scheme involving ten schools – seven from the maintained sector and the three Foundation Schools – which runs a series of projects for students and joint CPD for staff. Over the last year the College has hosted events such as the second Liberty Schools’ Conference for sixth formers; Drama workshops on ‘How to Write about Theatre?’ led by theatre critic Mark Fisher; and the five-month project Variations on a Theme, during which the artist and sculptor Peter Randall Page RA worked with sixth-form students from the College and the Charter School. The College has also collaborated with Dulwich Picture Gallery and Mystart/ Film Aid International on an exhibition of works produced by young refugees in North West Kenya, which inaugurated a series of workshops for SSLP students.
a Sixth Form. The Department has provided teaching to Gifted and Talented students in Years 9, 10 and 11 and has worked with the Ogden Trust Scholarship Scheme to encourage boys to study Physics at the College in the Sixth Form. College staff have also continued to deliver practical Physics and Chemistry in support of start-up A levels at St. Thomas the Apostle College, Peckham. In Sport, the College continues to administer, host and provide staffing for a variety of annual sporting events and activities involving the maintained sector, including an indoor Rowing taster session for local Year 4 students and Southwark Schools Athletics Days, involving 700 local students, and a PSV Eindhoven coaching day for 22 schools in Southwark and Lambeth. The Drama Department has collaborated with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on two major exhibitions, ‘Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich College’ and ‘The St. Omer first Folio’, with the intention of enabling the College’s theatrical archive to be seen by as wide an audience as possible during Shakespeare 400. As the James Caird now forms part of the KS2 curriculum for Southwark primary schools, staff from the Archives have also hosted twenty tours for visiting primary school classes over the last twelve months. The College also participated in and hosted this year’s Visual to Vocal production, a collaboration between musicians from English Touring Opera, Dulwich Picture Gallery, elderly members of the local community
and boys from the College. And, of course, it continues to provide facilities and staffing for the 25th Camberwell Scouts and Dulwich Explorers, an ‘open’ Scout group: 10% of Cubs and Scouts are pupils who are not Alleynians and at Explorer age this increases to 50%.
Taken together, initiatives such as these are regularly appraised by the College’s Partnerships Committee (made up of the Deputy Master External, Staff Tutor, Directors of Science, MFL and Communications and our SSLP staff link) to ensure maximum impact, quantifiable outcomes and an approach which is coherent, creative and self-critical. The spirit of genuine educational partnership which defines our engagement with the maintained sector equally characterises our relationship with the overseas Commonwealth of Schools, as was reflected in the first Dulwich College International marquee showcasing all the international schools and their activities on Founder’s Day in July, and, a week later, our hosting of the annual induction day for over 70 new staff taking up positions across the network. We are looking forward to developing the marquee as we move towards our own quatercentenary in 2019, and hope to involve members of our Middle School boy-led Commonwealth Committee next summer.
A number of academic departments are involved in subject-specific partnership work, and a particular feature of the Science Department has been the relationship with Bonus Pastor Catholic College in Lewisham, which does not have
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