Independent School Management Plus - Summer 2022

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community outreach is a key focus Education isn’t just for the children. Adults from across the global Stamford community are welcomed to a series of in-person and online lectures on a variety of topics, endorsing our belief in lifelong learning. The lectures are completely free of charge and are delivered by invited speakers who are experts in their partic lar fiel From awardwinning BBC presenter and author, Dr Kevin Fong, discussing ’13 Minutes to the Moon’, to the ‘Lessons from a Warder and his Prisoner’ lecture, presented live from South Africa by Christo Brand, former Prison Warder to Nelson Mandela, there is certainly something for everyone.

Broader outreach programme The Stamford Schools’ broad-based outreach programme also includes: Language Lessons For 10 years we have been running a six-week series of Saturday morning French and Spanish classes for local primary-aged pupils. Our German Outreach Programme has been running for seven years and provides an introduction to German language and culture to local children of the same age, at both state and independent schools. Drama and Theatre Over 80 local primary school pupils are welcomed to view our GCSE ‘Theatre-in-education’ productions, which are prepared by our Year 11 pupils about social issues including friendship and teamwork. Sports Activities A series of sports camps run during the school holidays; these are open to pupils from any school to train, practice their skills and make use

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of the Schools’ facilities. Most recently, these have included netball and basketball camps for children from Years 5 to 11. Over 250 local school children from seven primary schools are welcomed to our swimming pool throughout the academic year. The pools have also recently become the main training centre for a large local swimming club, whose own facilities had to be closed for safety reasons. Competitions and Quizzes The Stamford Schools hold a number of activities, including quizzes and competitions, inviting local school pupils to get involved and make use of the Schools’ facilities. These have included: • The South Lincolnshire round of the annual ‘Worldwise’ Geography Quiz, which this year involved six local schools competing against each other on a range of geographical rounds. • The ‘Little Genuis’ quiz: this involves up to 20 teams of Year 5 pupils from local schools competing in a series of rounds spanning a range of academic topics. • The local and district rounds of the ‘Rotary Young Chef ’ competition which are held in the cookery

rooms at Stamford, with 13 students travelling from as far away as Sleaford, Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln, Boston and Bedford for the competition this year.

Local causes

The Schools’ community regularly donates to local causes. There are annual collections for the town’s foodbank, the home help service operated by the Evergreen Care Trust and the local mental health service, Stamford Mindspace. The Schools’ charitable efforts are led by a staff committee, and assisted by a group of student Charity Prefects, who volunteer their time to fundraise and support the local community. The Schools feel privileged to be such an integral part of the town, and will continue to support the local community wherever and whenever it is possible to do so. Current initiatives will continue and new ideas are always encouraged and explored. For further information on any of the projects mentioned, visit ●

JO PECK is Head of Development and REBECCA TAYLOR – a former pupil herself – Content Manager at Stamford Endowed Schools.

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