Streatham & Clapham High School has created a highly successful schools partnership with Le Retraite RC Girls’ School.
This has allowed both schools to offer GCSE Additional Maths and Classical Civilisation, subjects which were previously unavailable to girls from either school. But girls from both schools now study these subjects side by side at classes held at SCHS and taught by SCHS teachers.
The partnership has also enabled the creation of the UK’s only all-female, joint Combined Cadet Force where the state and independent schools are truly equal. The rank structure and uniform allows the girls to integrate fully. It has been very successful and already recruited more than 60 cadets.
There has also been collaboration between Oxbridge coordinators from both schools to provide Oxbridge preparation sessions that have benefited girls from both schools
Roxanne Crossland who is in Year 11 at La Retraite is one of those who is benefiting from the partnership. Roxanne is studying Classical Civilisation GCSE, has been promoted in the CCF and is preparing to apply to Oxbridge!
Andrew Christie, Assistant Head Master, Co-Curricular & Partnerships said: “Streatham & Clapham High School aims to empower all young women to learn without limits. This is a vision that extends beyond our school-gates. Through our school partnership projects, we aim to build the skills, character and confidence that will ultimately advance social mobility and gender equality. In order to have the greatest impact on as many girls as possible in a meaningful, mutual and sustainable way, we have built a close partnership with a local girls’ state school, La Retraite RC Girls’ School. This partnership has added immense value to both schools, enabling us to expand the academic offer and increase co-curricular opportunities for pupils in each setting. You only need to look at our unique joint Combined Cadet Force, our extra GCSE classes or our joint Oxbridge preparation classes to know that the project has been worthwhile and our vision is becoming a reality.”