Our ‘flagship’ venture, Saturday Club commenced in September 2018 after a term of piloting the model – and has continued to flourish since, now with 45 girls and boys in Years 5 and 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 Oracy (Story-telling, Debating and Philosophy), Maths, Science and the Arts (drama, drawing, painting and photography).
Since 2019, a new strand of support has been available for the parents as they look to support their child to transition to their senior schools. Supporting Study Skills (e.g. homework planning, revising techniques and taking exams) and Life Skills (e.g. risk-taking & building resilience, Saying No!) have featured in Parent Talks on some Saturday sessions before the students take their SATs exams in the summer term in their primary schools. Particularly helpful have been sessions such as “Social Media and young people” and “How to help your child deal with school stress”.
Once the students reach Year 6, in Saturday Club we focus on a real-life enterprise challenge during the Autumn Term. The knowledge and skills that the students have acquired in numeracy, oracy, the arts and science are put into practice in a project that required collaboration and teamwork in applying these in planning, resourcing, manufacturing and marketing a real product in time for Christmas!