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Educational Partnership with City Heights E-ACT Academy

City Heights eductaional partner
City Heights E-ACT Academy in Tulse Hill, south east London, opened in September 2013 and will reach capacity, including a 200-strong Sixth Form, by 2020. Dulwich College acts as an educational partner to the Academy to provide support for its educational work and to establish links and activities that benefit both schools through shared experience and good practice.
  

The Deputy Master External is an Academy Ambassador and offers informal advice to the Assistant Head (Inclusion) on issues relating to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

Each year, recent Old Alleynians work at City Heights in their gap year as Academy Assistants. They work in classrooms with individuals or small groups of pupils, and in support and administration roles, providing an important bridge between teachers and pupils.

There are projects (Maths, Spanish, English) where Dulwich College teachers and Year 13 pupils provide collaborative and enriching activities as part of the Monday afternoon Liberal Studies programme.

The College also hosts City Heights' annual sports day and pupils from City Heights are welcomed to relevant events such as the Year 7 Hispanic and the Lower School Engineering Days and Dulwich Linguistic.

The five-year strategic plan formulated by the two senior management teams focuses on eight key areas:

  1. Teaching, learning and curriculum, assisting the transition to KS4 and KS5
  2. Languages provision
  3. Inter-student events
  4. Joint CPD (career professional development) opportunities, overseen by the College’s Staff Tutor
  5. Academic and co-curricular enrichment
  6. Student leadership
  7. Careers and Higher Education
  8. Use of facilities and personnel 
          

"The partnership work between our two schools has been mutually valued by staff and students alike. From student conferences to staff development to older Dulwich boys helping to develop skills and draw out talents amongst our younger students we have seen the huge value of the two sectors working together. As the Academy grows to a full 11-18 school we anticipate the partnership developing, strengthening and becoming increasingly mutually beneficial. In all of this we are seeing the value to staff and students in both schools of broadening their horizons, appreciating that there is more we have in common than what separates us and embedding our joint work right through the staff at both schools."
Jim Henderson, The Principal, City Heights E-ACT Academy 

"Throughout this academic year, a group of sixth formers from Dulwich College have run gifted and talented Maths sessions and a Maths Challenge club each week. Year 8 and 9 students attending have enjoyed the challenge and as well as being stretched. In problem solving they have also developed new teamwork skills. The Dulwich sixth formers have planned the sessions and supported and encouraged our students. The weekly sessions have helped to prepare the students for the UK Maths Challenge papers, and for a smaller group it has been excellent preparation for the UKMT team challenge.’’
Director of Mathematics, City Heights E-ACT Academy

‘’Teaching the children has helped us to develop the important skills of patience and understanding and has not only been rewarding for the pupils we helped, but for us too; we have all gained invaluable experience while helping others to achieve their own personal goals on their journey to become smart, diligent and well-rounded young adults."
Dulwich College student