The Southwark Community Education Council

Southwark Community Education Council (SCEC) is a charitable trust linked through governance to the three Dulwich Foundation schools, Dulwich College, Alleyn's School and James Allen's Girls' School, which offers enrichment schemes to around 165 pupils from state primary schools in the Borough of Southwark to enhance learning, curiosity and confidence.

At Dulwich College’s ‘Saturday School’ each of the 80 Year 6 students from 12 participating local state primaries receives 36 hours of free enrichment sessions over the autumn and spring terms. Through Science-based workshops at Dulwich College, students learn essential skills to assist them in making a confident transition to secondary education.

The project thus aims to build on the work done by local primary schools by providing enrichment or extension classes for children in small groups. It also allows pupils to experience some new ways of learning, for example by conducting their own scientific experiments in the College’s well-equipped science laboratories.

20 older students from Years 12-13 at Dulwich College act as mentors on the scheme, supporting individual pupils in the classroom, carrying out administrative tasks and supervision, and, importantly, acting as role models for the younger children.

The Deputy Master External and Head of Junior School are trustees of the charity and provide educational advice throughout the year. Free of charge: an administrator and schools' liaison officer for all three schemes; a fully trained member of staff to oversee the programme every Saturday morning; facilities; equipment; and refreshments.

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"More than anything else, I enjoy watching the children growing over the course of the programme. On the first day, they often come in shy. On the last day, they leave us with knowledge and social skills that will help them with their transition to senior school…at every session I attended, I saw students’ eyes makes me very proud to be a part of Saturday School.”
This is quote text. Dimitry | Year 13 Mentor

"[My daughter] is excited every Saturday and her confidence is growing. I am so thankful she had the opportunity to take part as I can see the benefits already.”
Parent of a 'Saturday School' participant