Bromley school lends facilities to disadvantaged children
PUBLISHED: 10:29 09 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:29 09 July 2014
For more than three months, a Bromley school opened its doors to young pupils every Saturday as part of an educational initiative aiming to raise achievement levels.
Bromley High School welcomed children from four state schools- Poverest Primary School, Orpington, St James Hatcham Primary, London and Ilderton Primary School and Pheonix Primary School, both in Southwark, as part of a Serious Fun on Saturdays programme, funded by charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education).
The 40 students involved engaged in fun activities and were provided with structured educational support, combining skills from all subject areas.
Embarking on cross curricular and creative lessons, the youngsters had the opportunity to design egg launchers, create QR codes on iPads and enact a Stomp style airport scene over the course of the programme.
They also participated in a sports day, where the children competed in friendly team games on the school’s outdoor astroturf pitch, which a number of the pupils said was one of their favourite sessions.
Bromley High School’s SHINE coordinator, Sheetal Kowalczyk, explained the positive effect the programme had had on the children.
“Our program is designed to expose the pupils to a wide range of resources, teachers and subjects. Week by week, we have all seen the pupils growing in confidence as they acquire new skills, including leadership and presentation, as well as problem solving. The best thing is they really love the experience,” she said.
SHINE, which was founded in 1999 and aims to support additional educational initiatives which encourage children to raise their achievement levels, is currently funding these programmes in more than 100 state schools across the country and around 800 students a year are taking part.
Working with the Serious Fun on Saturday’s programmes, the charity ensures the schemes are monitored and evaluated effectively using teacher assessments, work samples, student feedback and internal evaluations.
Head of Bromley High School Louise Simpson was very pleased with the programme.
She said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by not only the enthusiasm of the visiting children, but also our own staff and students in Bromley High. More than twenty of our teachers, from both the Junior School and the Senior School, have volunteered their time and expertise to deliver the lessons which help the children. Our sixth form students have been fantastic too.”
The final session of the SHINE project took place on July 4, when the children took part in Bromley High School’s Community Festival Day.
For more information about SHINE and the work that they do, please visit shinetrust.org.uk. To find out more about Bromley High School, please visit bromleyhigh.gdst.net.