KS3 Aspiration Programme
- King’s College - Student View
- LSE Promoting Potential
- United Kingdom Mathematics Trust
- Southwark Playhouse/Papatango Theatre Company Scriptwriting Workshop
- KS3 St Mark’s Baccalaureate
KS3 St Mark’s Baccalaureate
This is an internal event that is being introduced in 2019. It offers students working at a high level across a number of subjects the chance to win awards for extracurricular independent projects.
Students are invited to take part based on:
-High attendance and good behaviour points
-Prior contribution to community or school events
-Excellent attainment and attitude to classroom learning
To celebrate, there will be a graduation party at end of Summer term with parents and students to showcase the work the students have completed.
King’s College School - Student View
Through St Mark’s partnership with King’s College School in Wimbledon, there is a year long program run by King’s College Sixth Form students that leads Year 8 and Year 7 students from St Mark’s in research into journalism, and creation of students’ own journalistic writing. Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of current affair topics and further hone their literacy skills under the mentorship of older students.
“Student View is really good because it allows me to have in depth discussions about a wide range of topics and current affairs issues. It allows me to develop my journalism skills and I have developed an interest in the career after visiting the CBS studio. I’d recommend younger students get involved, even if you’re not that interested in journalism, because it’s interesting to see what it takes to write a good article.” – Ruby Giddy, Year 8
Papatango Theatre Company
Papatango’s team of professional theatre-makers come in and run two separate workshops with KS3 students who are achieving highly in English lessons. In the first workshop, students work together in small theatre companies to write/improvise a one-act play. In the second workshop, professional actors come in to rehearse and stage the plays. The plays are published in book format, with a free copy for each student and free copies for the school library.
LSE Promoting Potential
LSE’s Promoting Potential scheme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning and reach new audiences less engaged with higher education.
There are 50 places in 2019 available for African and Caribbean heritage boys in year 8 who are attending a non-selective London state school, and who are expected to achieve at least five A*-B grades at GCSE.
Khalid Iman said of his experience: “At the beginning I was uncomfortable talking to people but slowly I moved out of my comfort zone. One of the highlights for me was the leadership event about finding your voice.
United Kingdom Mathematics Trust
A competition established in 1996 and last academic year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the three individual challenges, the UK's biggest national maths competitions. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round and we run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training the team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad. In 2019, 65 students from St Mark’s in Year 8 participated.