Bourne Grammar School This mixed selective academy, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, works very closely with the Willoughby School, a neighbouring Special School for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs. As Bourne Grammar’s headteacher, Jonathan Maddox, explains: “Our students enjoy supporting the work of their peers at our neighbouring school, the Willoughby School. In March, sixth-form chemists from Bourne Grammar were invited to Willoughby to guide the students there through a range of science experiments which were carefully planned to excite, fascinate, inspire and involve them. The Sixth Formers were able to take with them apparatus and chemicals that the Willoughby students would not otherwise have a chance to see, handle and study.” Year 10 students also organised an event for local primary school children as part of their GCSE PE course. One visiting primary school teacher commented how thrilled her pupils had been after attending: “The children were able to take part in a dance workshop or the multi-skills events and they all had a fantastic time. I would like to extend my appreciation to your Year 10 students, who were a credit to your school and excellent ambassadors. They showed great patience with the children and put them at ease.” • Bourne Grammar School, South Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9JE, 01778 422288, www.bourne-grammar.lincs.sch. uk. Open Evening: Thursday 9 November (Sixth Form).
Oakham School Oakham School offers a genuinely holistic education, wanting pupils to leave as wellgrounded, hard-working individuals who are at ease with themselves and are ready to go out into the world with the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe in and to make a difference. Through Voluntary Action (VA) each week, students work in local primary schools and care homes, and teach ICT skills to local elderly residents in a joint initiative with Age UK.
Stamford Endowed Schools
Stamford Endowed Schools have a long history of supporting the local community, with a firm belief that a sense of social responsibility helps to prepare children for life beyond the school gates. The schools support a number of local charities, with events throughout the year providing funding and raising awareness. However, the schools’ drive to “give back” is not confined to local boundaries. They try to instil within their pupils that they can help to shape and improve the future and quality of lives around the world, as through the “Links to India” project, where pupils forge links with the schools in the Asharam and Arni communities in southern India. Stamford students have run numerous fundraising activities including “India Week”, which included henna hand painting, Indian food taster sessions, curry lunches, themed films and casual clothes day to support these schools. • Stamford Endowed Schools, St Paul’s Street, Stamford PE9 2BE, 01780 750311, www.ses.lincs.sch.uk. Open Days for Stamford School and Stamford High School: Saturday 7 October, 10am–2pm; Open Evening for the Sixth Form: Wednesday 11 October, 6–9pm.
Oakham also holds two “Service Weekends” each year, where pupils participate in numerous VA projects, as well as hosting parties for approximately 300 elderly members of the local community. Many of the school’s major trips and expeditions have a charitable element to them. Most notable is the Kenya Schools Project, which sees students fundraise to support several Kenyan schools, as well as building and refurbishing classrooms during their trip. During their time at Oakham, pupils also enjoy raising money for charity, fundraising for
around 18 charities a year and raising around £20,000 a year on average. • Oakham School, Chapel Close, Oakham LE15 6DT, 01572 758500, www. oakham.rutland.sch.uk. Open Mornings: Saturday 16 September and Saturday 7 October (Lower School); Saturday 30 September (Middle School). To attend an Open Morning or book an individual visit, contact the Admissions Team on 01572 758758 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.uk; alternatively fill in the request form on the school’s website.
RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017