Mount Kelly and Tavistock College are delighted to announce a partnership agreement outlining key areas in which the two schools will work together to enhance the education of all our young people.
The Department for Education and the Independent Schools Council launched the ‘Schools Together’ initiative in April 2016 and now has over 1,000 independent schools in partnerships with state schools. These partnerships take many different forms – from sharing subject expertise and supporting pupils with university applications, to sharing facilities and widening access to music, sport and drama.
The partnership between Mount Kelly and Tavistock College focuses on three key areas: academics, community, and sport and extra-curricular.
The two schools plan to set up termly ‘Tavistock Teachmeet’ meetings during which they will exchange and share best practice in teaching, academic clubs in Science, Languages, History, Politics and Global Affairs for pupils, and shared support for older pupils applying for university, including Oxbridge guidance and personal statement workshops.
A greater involvement in planning volunteering programmes, including a re-launch of Tavistock Interact, forms the community element of the partnership and competitive sport, shared coaching, showcases for Art, Photography and Product Design and an Annual Tavistock Community Concert are some of the plans for Sport and Extra-curricular activities.
Sarah Jones, Principal of Tavistock College commented: “This is an exciting initiative from which the pupils and academic staff at both our schools will benefit. It has been inspirational to see what other ‘Schools Together’ partnerships have achieved and I am confident that we can do great things for our pupils and teachers in Tavistock.”
Head Master of Mount Kelly, Mark Semmence, said: “It makes perfect sense for our two schools to share best practice and learn from each other. Not only will this partnership afford more opportunities for our young people, the results of their collaborations will be enjoyed by us all.”