Outreach and Partnerships Review

Tuesday 2nd July 2024

Communication, confidence, connection, compassion: these are some of the key skills our pupils feel they have developed and improved as part of this year’s Outreach and Partnerships programme. Our already excellent programme has continued to grow with the addition of new activities, including:

  • Wiltshire Search and Rescue (training Search dogs)
  • LINK (supporting the elderly in the community)
  • Community Orchard (establishing a crop of Fruit trees on the edge of the Savernake Forest)
  • White Horse Conservation (conserving the chalk White Horse here at Marlborough)
  • Marlborough Youth Club (volunteering at the local Youth club with activities for young people from the town)

These community-based activities have been hugely rewarding for our Partners and pupils. One Sixth Form pupil said ” I have loved feeling like I make a difference to someone’s week “ (on their visit to a care home). Working with the elderly through Marlborough LINK has allowed connection and communication across the generations and the enthusiasm and compassion of our pupils has been well received. Community involvement is hugely important to life here at Marlborough and next year we are looking to expand this even more.

Our primary school work has continued to be integral to our Outreach programme. We are delighted to now be working weekly with 480 primary school children, from 16 different local primary schools, on a range of activities from reading, to mentoring, to Forest School, digital safety and languages. These activities are enjoyable and mutually beneficial; they provide enrichment for young local pupils while enabling our pupils to make connections with the wider community. Primary school pupils have benefitted greatly from these interactions with Marlborough pupils, very much seeing them as role models.

Our academic partnership with Swindon Academy is ongoing and this year we have also started a new partnership with The Parks Academy Trust also based in Swindon. Pupils from both Swindon Academy and The Parks Academy Trust have participated in a wide range of learning activities from Computer Science, Classics and English, to study and presentation skills. We are delighted to receive positive endorsement from these partnerships, such as the following – “Our relationship with Marlborough has continued to have positive impact and we can see from our results that our pupils are clearly benefitting academically” (Swindon Academy) and “I like coming here. It helps me to remember what I’m capable of “ (Year 10 pupil, Swindon Academy).

In summary, this year has seen 320 Hundred and Lower Sixth pupils take part in outreach placements across 21 different opportunities, supported by 52 members of staff.

2024/25 will continue to see more opportunities for our pupils to develop key skills and values with further opportunities. As this academic year draws to a close, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the numerous members of staff and pupils who have given their time to make these activities happen.

Emily Taylor
Partnerships Manager

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