Who we are
Shaftesbury Enterprise is Harrow School’s initiative focused on improving the educational outcomes and life opportunities for young people in our neighbourhood particularly for those who face significant barriers to progress.
Our purpose is improving the prospects of children and young people who face significant barriers to progress through transformative interventions including both educational and co-curricular opportunities in the borough of Harrow and further afield.
Our vision is to enable every young person in our community, irrespective of background, to thrive and achieve their full potential, find fulfilment, and progress to successful adult lives that allow them to contribute positively to society.
We will achieve our vision by addressing three key challenges to focus our efforts for the future.
Widen access for those from a broad range of abilities and backgrounds through:
- Providing bursaries, exemplary pastoral support and opportunities in a boarding environment for boys who would thrive at Harrow School but for whom the fees are prohibitive.
Improve educational attainment through:
- Providing appropriate academic intervention at primary and secondary school level
Improve life outcomes through:
- Offering diverse co-curricular opportunities and suitable interventions to support mental and physical well being
- Supporting individuals to access universities or employment, with a focus on young people who would have limited access to such provision
Roxeth Primary School; Vaughan Primary School; St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School; St George’s Catholic Primary School; Welldon Park Primary School; Woodlands Special School; Grange Primary School; St Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School; St John’s Church of England School; Brentside Primary School; Warrender Primary School; Elmgrove Primary School; Holy Trinity CE Primary School; Northwood Elsley Primary School; Byron Court Primary School; Countess Anne Primary School; Horsenden Primary School
Acland Burghley School; Alperton Community School; Ark Burlington Danes Academy; Bentley Wood High School for Girls; Bishop Ramsey CE School; Bishopshalt School; Canons High School; Cardinal Vaughan School; Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School; Chelsea Academy; Christ's College Finchley; City & Islington Sixth Form College; Claremont High School; Compton School; Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent; Drayton Manor High School; East Barnet School; Eastleigh Community School; Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls; Featherstone High School; Finchley Catholic High School; Harrow College; Harrow High School; Hatch End High School; Haydon School; Helix Education Centre; Hendon School; JCoSS Secondary School; Jubilee Academy; Kingsbury High School; Kingsley High School; LAE Tottenham London Academy; Lord William's School; Maria Fidelis RC Convent School; FCJ Mill Hill County High School; Nower Hill High School; Park High School; Queens Park Community School; Queensmead School; Red Balloon Learner Centre; Rooks Heath College; Ruislip High School; Sacred Heart Language College; Salvatorian College; Shaftesbury High School; Southgate Secondary School; St Dominic’s Sixth Form College; St Gregory’s Catholic High School; St James’ Catholic High School; St Michael's Catholic Grammar School; Swakeleys School for Girls; The Bushey Academy; The Compton School; The London Oratory School; Twyford CofE Academies Trust Schools; Vyners School; Wembley High Technology College; West London Free School; Westminster City School; Whitmore High School; William Perkin CofE High School; Woodhouse College; Wren Academy
Spear; Harrow Club; Harrow Carers; My Yard; FirmFoundation; Livability; Certitude; Young Harrow Foundation; School of Hard Knocks; Primary Shakespeare Company; Harrow Foodbank; Wiseworks; Langdon (New Chapters); Harrow Mencap; British Heart Foundation; St Luke’s Hospice; Found; The Bridge Day Centre; Language Café; More Than Just A Choir; Aldridge Foundation; Into University; Magic Breakfast; Place2Be; Westside Young Leaders Academy (WYLA)
- Harrow School Study and Enrichment Club
- Lumina Summer School
- Lumina Tutoring Programme
- Young Harrow Foundation
Harrow Virtual School (HVS) ensures that all children and young people in care and care leavers have the opportunity to fulfil their educational potential. Part of HVS’ remit is to ensure its young people have access to the best possible education and every chance to progress and realise their individual potential, to improve outcomes and life chances. To do this, they offer support with studies, future pathways and work experience opportunities for looked-after children.
A project was set up by which Sixth Form Harrow School pupils would tutor HVS young people of secondary-school age. The aim was not only to support the young people’s learning directly but also to raise their aspirations through use of Harrow School’s state-of-the-art resources. Young carers, nominated by Harrow Carers, also joined these sessions. As a result of support from John Lyon’s Charity, Bernadette Alexander (Enrichment Coordination Supplier for Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Harrow Virtual Schools) was able to bring Ealing VS into the programme and a large number of their children also attended. This demonstrated the growing impact of the partnership between John Lyon’s Charity, Harrow School and the Virtual Schools.
The young people spent two hours at Harrow School. For the first hour, they were given support in the subject of their choice. Those taking A levels were offered an hour’s one-to-one tuition from a Harrow teacher. In the second hour, a variety of activities was offered: Eton fives; rackets; astronomy in the Rayleigh Observatory; a drama workshop on the Ryan Theatre stage; judo; yoga; art; philosophy; history; business and enterprise; and talks by visiting lecturers.
One of the key aspects of this project was its sustainability; it took place every week and the young people automatically made their way there after school. When the coronavirus lockdown made this impossible, around 30 Harrow School teachers gave online tuition to the young people each week using Microsoft Teams. The move online meant that it was also possible to include pupils living outside the borough.
Lumina is a three-day Oxbridge preparation course for Year 12 students, which takes place at Harrow School (in partnership with Twyford Church of England High School, part of the Twyford Academies Trust) in the first week of July each year. With just under 200 places available, we were significantly over-subscribed and had to limit the spaces offered to schools. 181 students from 45 schools attended the course. This is a significant increase on the first Lumina in 2014.
With support from Christ’s College, Cambridge and St John’s College, Oxford, the programme has remained consistent: a focus on admissions requirements on day one, subject tutorials and lectures on day two, and mock interviews and UCAS application work on day three. The key aspects of the course were formal addresses and informal conversations with Oxbridge admissions tutors, two subject-specific seminars, with every student getting a one-on-one interview and feedback, and lectures seeking to help students think beyond the traditional paradigms of their academic disciplines.
Of the 181 students who attended, 41 gained places at Oxbridge and nearly three quarters of those who attended (70%) received offers from Russell Group universities. Over two-thirds of respondents stated that after attending the Lumina course, they were ‘more confident’ in applying to Oxbridge. Many teachers also remarked how transformative the experience had been for their students and the positive impact it had on the aspirations and applications.
- 70 Lumina students will be the first in their family to attend university.
- Before the course the most-used adjective to describe how students felt about their application was ‘nervous’, but this changed to ‘confident’ on completion of the course (this outcome was identical when students considered their readiness for an Oxbridge interview).
- Before the course just 15% of students saw themselves as a typical Oxbridge student, which rose to 92% by the end of the course.
Schools who participate in the programme have access to training for teachers on how they can support students in their applications. The students who attend Lumina are also encouraged to attend the Higher Education Fair at Harrow School, where around 35 of the world’s best universities are represented. A number of students who attend Lumina have the opportunity to join Harrovians in weekly Oxbridge seminars that are run within departments at Harrow. They are also invited to most lectures, performances and events at Harrow with around 2,500 from over 100 different schools attending last year. Lumina 2019 was funded by John Lyon’s Charity and the Harrow Development Trust.
This year’s course ran online due to Covid-19. The adapted programme consisted of 34 live webinars, offering over 50 hours of content. There was a broad range of subject-specific taster sessions complemented by sessions on writing a personal statement and how to interview well. 275 students registered to attend, a course record, reflecting the fact many students in the maintained sector have had no forum to discuss university ambitions this year. There are plans to augment the course with a mock interview evening in the autumn. The scheme was funded by the Harrow Development Trust, with logistics provided by Harrow School Enterprises Limited.
What is the Lumina Tutoring Programme?
The Lumina Tutoring Programme aims to provide online, subject-specific, one-to-one tutorial sessions for children and young people who are looked after (CLA), also known as children in care.
This programme, launched during the first national lockdown, is an effective and efficient way to meet a real need for CLA, a group already at significant educational disadvantage who are also likely to have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The programme aims to invite great teachers and mentors from across the education sector, harnessing the expertise of individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds to support a group of young people facing significant disadvantage.
This programme is currently running with 50 teachers across 4 different schools - Harrow, Northwood College, Notting Hill and Ealing High School and Orley Farm School. The programme works in conjunction with Harrow, Ealing and Barnet Virtual Schools.
Why is this work so important?
In short, there is wide-ranging educational research to suggest the challenges facing Children Looked After in education are acute. By way of illustration:
EPI researchers have measured the trend in the disadvantage gap for children in the care system (known as ‘looked after children’) and children who are receiving support from children’s services (known as ‘children in need’). These pupils are significantly educationally disadvantaged:
Looked after children (LAC) are nearly two and a half years (29.0 months) behind their peers by the time they finish their GCSEs. Progress in closing this gap is slow; it has reduced by only 1 month (3.3%) over the last six years.
Children in need (CIN) are 20 months behind their peers, while children in need with a Child Protection Plan (typically those who have experienced neglect, or physical, sexual or emotional abuse) are over two years (26 months) behind their peers.
EPI: Education in England: Annual Report 2020
How can you help?
We are seeking experienced teachers and tutors across the full school age range and across all subjects, though we are especially in need of specialists in English, Maths and Science. Tutors typically provide students with one 45 minute lesson per week, predominately in term time. In the next academic year, we are looking to expand this programme, working closely with several Virtual Schools in London, to provide academic support to an increasing number of Children Looked After. If you would like to express an interest in supporting this programme, please get in touch.
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Get in touch
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Shaftesbury Enterprise, please email the Director, Mr Tim Dalton, at ShaftesburyE@harrowschool.org.uk