The Michaelmas Term has seen our pupils engaged in a wider range of activities than ever before. A new addition this term has been supporting our local elderly community here in Marlborough. Every week, pupils from the College visit elderly residents in their homes and in care homes providing valuable support and company. This has been a rewarding activity for our pupils and for the residents: “It is pleasure to meet with my two pupils every Wednesday. They provide humour and joy to my week”.
Wiltshire Search and Rescue are another new partner. This local charity is reliant on volunteers to search for missing and vulnerable people. Pupils here at Marlborough help with training the search dogs who form an integral part of the Search and Rescue team. Commitment, patience and a good tolerance for all types of weather are vital to making this activity the success it has been.
Our partnership with our local primary schools has continued to flourish and we are now working with over 300 primary school pupils each week, taking part in reading, teaching online safety, Forest School activities and P.E support and mentoring. In addition to this, some of our Sixth Form pupils have led STEM based activities with a local primary school on site in our Innovation Centre: “I didn’t think Science was fun”, said one primary school pupil who attended “and now I know that it’s about everything around us.. even better you can do it as a job”.
We have also continued our close partnership with Swindon Academy, with our teachers working with a fabulous group of aspirational Year 7 and 8s throughout the term, as well as providing study and university application support.
The overarching aims of our Outreach and Partnership programme are to foster a sense of responsibility and service in our pupils and to allow them to benefit from making a difference to others. These aims have been well and truly met in this busy but rewarding term.