Eton, Slough, Windsor and Heston Independent and State School Partnership
We are proud to be a member of the Eton, Slough, Windsor and Heston Independent and State School Partnership (ISSP) with six local state schools (two comprehensives and two academies in Slough, a comprehensive in Windsor and another in Heston). The ISSP aims to improve pupil self-esteem; raise pupil aspirations; and, improve professional practice across the schools. Since it was founded in 2008, this partnership has provided numerous opportunities for academic collaboration through Saturday Schools and other academic workshops and mentoring; collaboration in the arts and sports; and opportunities for teachers’ professional development.
Particular highlights from the last Academic Year are as follows:
- Sixth form students from the partner schools worked with Art History tutors from The Bigger Picture during Lent and Summer 2017 on a course to improve presentation skills and their creative appreciation of the power of art.
- The student mentoring scheme continued. Over 50 Eton boys mentored pupils from Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College in Maths and English GCSE and Maths AS and A2 level.
- The Saturday Satya programme ran at Eton on four Saturday mornings across Michaelmas and Lent working with the Wisdom Project. Year 10 students came to learn how to develop their creative thinking and attitudes towards their spiritual core.
- The Music Project saw 60 participants from all the schools assemble in School Hall at Eton for a choir concert led by Tori Longdon, where they joined forces with the Etonality close harmony group.
- Each of the schools sent participants to TedX Eton, the first Ted conference held at the school, in March 2017.
- The ‘Five British Values’ project, in association with Art Beyond Belief in Slough, saw pupils from each school engaging with one of the key values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Tolerance, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect. On March 6, 2017, pupils came together in a formal conference in the Jafar Hall, followed by a marketplace activity.
- GCSE Revision workshops in Maths took place, organised by Slough and Eton.
- ISSP ‘Seniores’ talks, led by senior local figures, were hosted at Slough and Eton CE and attended by the schools in the partnership.