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Science Saturday School

Our Science Saturday School is run in partnership with the Southwark Community Education Charity (SCEC), a registered charity operating four schemes for state primary school pupils across the three Dulwich Foundation Schools. We host two of the schemes for 65 Year 5 pupils: the Science Scheme and the Creative Scheme.

Our Aims

With our Science Scheme we aim to provide an enjoyable introduction to the practical sciences and to improve pupils’ confidence before they join their secondary schools. Over 50 children attend two-hour sessions on Saturday mornings during the Michaelmas Term. They explore Biology, Chemistry and Physics through practical experiments. Volunteer mentors from Year 12 and Year 13 at Dulwich College and Sydenham High GDST support pupils in the classroom, carry out administrative tasks and supervision, and act as role models.

Participating Primary Schools

  • Fenstanton Primary
  • Holy Trinity Primary , Lambeth
  • St George's CE Primary
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Elm Wood Primary
  • Holy Trinity Primary , Lewisham
  • Hitherfield Primary
  • Streatham Wells Primary
  • St Jude's CE Primary
  • Dulwich Wood Primary

Our Support

In addition to organising volunteer mentors, we provide a co-ordinator who administers all four schemes; a fully trained member of staff to oversee the programme every Saturday morning; specialist science teachers to deliver the sessions, facilities, equipment and refreshments.

During 2022 we were delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership work of Southwark Community Education Council.

SCITT Saturday School parent

“She is thoroughly enjoying the experience and really looks forward to it each week. This whole experience has ignited her passion for science and from this programme she has asked to me get her a teacher to teach her physics, which is fantastic. I can not thank Dulwich College enough for this programme” Parent of Year 5 Science scheme participant

SCITT Saturday School pupil

"I liked coming to Saturday School because we made friends and [learnt] about the three sciences to prepare me for secondary school. The best session I had was looking at a lamb's heart and making slime."
Saturday School Pupil

Saturday School Science experiment


To find out more contact:

Anita Arthur

Schemes Co-ordinator (maternity cover)

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