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KS3 Aspiration Programme

  • 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 planned for the Summer term 2020. 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 Newspaper.

Through St Mark’s partnership with King’s College School in Wimbledon, there is a yearlong program run by King’s College Sixth Form students that leads Year 8 pupils from St Mark’s in research into journalism through the creation of a newspaper. Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of current affair topics and further develop their literacy skills under the mentorship of older students.

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.