Southwark Schools' Learning Partnership

Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP) is a collaboration between local secondary schools. The partnership promotes projects for students and CPD (Career Professional Development) for staff.

Dr Joe Spence and Catherine May, Head Teacher of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s CE School are co-directors of the partnership, providing leadership in connecting schools, teachers and students. We also organise a variety of SSLP projects and employ a coordinator to help enhance their impact.

Dulwich College opportunities shared with our SSLP partners in 2017/18:



Our Careers Department provided talks and networking opportunities with Old Alleynians.

The Careers Convention included universities, companies, professional institutes and gap providers.

Entrepreneurs Forum was an opportunity for students to explore ideas with successful professionals.

Architect Matters allowed architects to speak to SSLP students within the RIBA award winning Laboratory.

Wings of Hope Back 2 School was an opportunity for young people to make connections and network with successful people in their fields.


We hosted a lecture about African and Arabian climate change, and another where a political geographer talked about technology, cultural mobility and warfare.

A University Taster Day consisted of a lecture and practical session.

Modern Languages

Through international contacts we placed Spanish PGCE graduates in partner schools, providing 1,000+ hours of language oral support.


We organised STEM Lectures including interactive demonstrations

A Stimulating Physics Network Day provided CPD (Career Professional Development) for secondary teachers and technicians.

We opened up the Upper School Symposium to SSLP Schools


Dulwich Literary Festival gave SSLP students the opportunity to enter Winter, a short story competition judged by author Ali Smith.

The Stuart Horne Foundation bursaries provide SSLP students the opportunity to attend leadership courses with Outward Bound Canada.

To learn more about the SSLP contact:

Katie Barretta

SSLP Co-ordinator

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"The talk challenged me to think about the place art has in our community, society and wider world... at times durign the talk I found this overwhelming to comprehend."
Year 11 SSLP Student
"The lecture [by Dr Sarah Garfinkel on the 'Body and the Brain' at the Upper School Symposium] was extremely intriguing where we learnt that our 'gut instinct' is an intuitive thing. As a successful neuroscientists, we were honoured to have had this opportunity with her and thank Dulwich College for their amazing hospitality."Year 12 SSLP Student