Our ‘flagship’ venture, Saturday Club commenced in September 2018 after a term of piloting the model – and has continued to flourish since with thirty girls and boys in Years 4 – 6 from our partnership primary schools attending each of 12 sessions across the academic year.
In Saturday Club we use the Skills Builder programme to teach specific learning skills such as listening, presenting and problem-solving to the students through a range of subjects that include English (Poetry, Story-telling, Debating and Philosophy), Maths, Science and the Arts (drawing, painting and photography).
Beginning in the academic year 2019-2020 is a new strand of support for the Year 6 children preparing to transition to their senior schools in the following autumn. Study Skills (eg. homework planning, revising techniques and taking exams) and Life Skills (eg. risk-taking & building resilience, Saying No!) will feature in the sessions on a Saturday morning for two terms before the students take their SATs exams in the summer term in their primary schools. Parent support sessions are also on offer, such “Understanding the issues surrounding social media and young people” and “How to help your child deal with school stress”.