The Wokingham Federation and Wellington College Independent / State School Partnership (ISSP)
The ISSP partnership is a fantastic initiative providing valuable opportunities for gifted and talented students from local state schools.
The original ISSP partnership based at Wellington College was set up following a grant from the DCSF in 2008 to fund a three year programme, with the key aims of raising aspirations and attainment amongst able pupils within the subjects of Maths, Science and Modern Languages. The partnership comprised of Wellington College and 18 local secondary schools from the areas of Wokingham and Bracknell Forest together with the 3 schools in the Surrey Heath area.
During this period students regularly attended courses at Wellington College, such as the Future Pathways Challenge for Year 9’s and the Future Pathways Summer School for Year 11’s, together with Maths and Science master classes. This gave them the opportunity to work with likeminded students on projects designed by several Universities such as Imperial, UCL, Reading and the Bristol Chemlabs to further their knowledge of Maths and Science. The partnership also collaborated with schools to organize and run special focus days such as Languages in Business Day with the Holt School, when local businesses spent the day working with language students highlighting how important languages were within their day to day business environment.
Government funding for this valuable initiative ceased after the initial three years, after which it was expected to be self-funding. As a result, the formation of a new Future Pathways ISSP partnership self-funded by the schools in Wokingham and Surrey Heath was announced.
The broad aims of supporting the students in the partnership schools remains fundamental and this is done by providing opportunities for able students and teachers to visit Wellington College and other venues to participate in a number of activity days / CPD sessions organized by the Partnership Coordinator, Sue Parker, on behalf of the new steering group representing the schools forming the new partnership.
Please see https://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/leading-education/independent-state-school-partnership/ and the document below for the programme of activities for 2019 – 2020.