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A day of inspirational masterclasses


The West Kent Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of eight secondary schools - Beechwood Sacred Heart School, The Judd School, Kent College Pembury, The Malling School, Mascalls Academy, Oakley School, The Skinners’ School and The Skinners’ Kent Academy.

We are so fortunate to have many types of schools in and around Tunbridge Wells, all offering something different and each with their own strengths.  Whether state, grammar, academy, independent or a special educational needs school, each provides an excellent education. The partnership was set up with the aim of sharing resources and together, provide high aspirational learning opportunities for our pupils that we are just not able to offer on our own. The projects will not only benefit pupils, but also enable teachers to extend their professional development, free from curriculum constraints. 

This term, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, we held our first day of inspirational masterclasses on Saturday 15th June, at Mascalls Academy. Before the masterclasses commenced, students heard from Ms Deborah Sims, a Chartered Engineer from the University of Greenwich, who provided an overview of Leonardo’s career and legacy, and discussed his unprecedented work in various fields.  Her lecture set the tone perfectly for the cross-curricular day, which allowed students, in Years 7 and 8, to choose one masterclass to study in depth. Led by outstanding teachers from the Partnership schools, students selected from either Anatomy and Art, Engineering and Ethics, Politics and Media, Engineering and Textiles and Beginners’ Italian.  The masterclasses were designed to be academically challenging, thought-provoking and offer stimulating opportunities. The West Kent Independent State School Partnership hope to offer a lecture and a day of inspirational masterclasses annually.  

Over 90 students from across the 8 schools attended the masterclasses. Below is some of the feedback received.

“I would just like to say thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the Leonardo Da Vinci workshop. I attended the Engineering and Ethics workshop which was incredibly interesting and fun. I learnt so many things about him and his inventions and if you by any chance could pass on my thanks to any teacher who gave up their spare time to come at run the workshop for us I would be very grateful.“

“As a family we think what WKISSP are trying to is fantastic and will do whatever we can to support.”

“I am looking forward to more exciting and interesting opportunities like this.”

It has been inspiring launching the project and the journey is only just beginning. Stay tuned for more information from the WKISSP soon. 

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Posted: 18/06/2019 at 13:35
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