Last week, University College School in Hampstead published its first annual report detailing its partnership and community work. UCS has always been proud of its role in the local community, but during the last academic year more pupils and staff were involved in partnership work than ever before.
Earlier this year, the pupil volunteering programme at UCS was expanded to include all year groups. Year 7 pupils volunteered at a local school for pupils with special educational needs, the whole of Year 9 spent a day working on nearby conservation projects and the Year 11 “Maths Breakfast Programme” was expanded to include five primary schools across North London. With almost every member of the Sixth Form now volunteering with local charities on a weekly basis, more than 7,000 hours of voluntary work were carried out by UCS pupils at local charities, organisations and schools. In addition to this, over £55,000 was raised by the pupils for local, national and international charities which they had nominated. This money was all raised through schemes designed and delivered by the pupils themselves.
Pupils in local primary schools benefited from drama, science and language events held at UCS last year and the aim is to give 2000 local state-educated pupils access to the facilities and teaching resources available at UCS. Mark Beard, Headmaster of the UCS Foundation commented, “Last year, local pupils enjoyed attending drama, science and language events held at UCS, not to mention the ever-popular summer school. We are firmly committed to ensuring the pupils and staff at UCS all play an integral role in the local community and I look forward to seeing our programme expand to include even more events and more schools.”
For further information on the partnership programme at UCS and to read the annual report, please see: https://www.ucs.org.uk/outreach