The Primary Outreach Programme began in 2016 with Year 12 students learning to teach and deliver a specialist project in a local state primary school.
Since then we have expanded our programme to work with eight different schools in the local area, including: Heber, Goodrich, The Belham, Crawford, St. Anthony's, Elmwood, Harris Academy and Rosendale. We have tailored our programmes to meet the needs of each school, including requests for dance and drama instruction, music provision, and sport and science enrichment.
Alleyn’s Alzheimer’s Engagement Programme, in partnership with a local care home, is an innovative project where Year 8 pupils work 2 to 1 with elderly partners each week on a range of art and crafts projects. Our pupils gain a tremendous amount from the initiative and the feedback from the care home has been very positive, stating that residents with Alzheimer’s enjoy talking and working with our younger pupils enormously. Before each project, our Year 8 volunteers learn about Alzheimer's Disease and receive training designed to fully prepare them for their outreach experience. Although this project had to pause during the pandemic, we very much hope to restart when we are able to.
Prior to the pandemic, more than 70 Year 12 students participated in our outreach projects and we anticipate at least 80 will take part this year. We have expanded the Outreach Programme to reach a wider community and to respond to the pandemic. Students are working with local foodbanks and with Under One Sky, an organisation that delivers food and much needed items to individuals and members of the homeless community.
Through our programmes, students acquire new skills and ways of learning beyond the classroom whilst making a tangible difference to communities in need.
"Participating in the outreach programme requires more work and preparation than other options. But the impact and reward is so great that it really is worth it."
- Year 12 student