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GCSE Revision course for #cityschools #cityfamily

Teachers and staff from The City of London Freemen’s School welcomed nine teachers and 46 students from the three City of London Corporation academies (Hackney; Islington; Southwark) to a residential GCSE revision course at Freemen’s over the Easter Holiday, designed for students on target for higher grades, in light of the government’s Progress 8 / Attainment 8 guidance.


As Freemen’s is the only school in the #cityfamily with boarding provision, it was the perfect venue to facilitate a three-day, intensive, residential programme focussing on Maths and English, with supplementary extra-curricular and pastoral sessions, including: softball; basketball; vegan cooking; mindful colouring; quizzes; debating; squash; student budgeting; football; a scavenger hunt; construction, board and card games.


Not only was the course an opportunity for students from the city schools to connect, but it was also an introduction to living away from home in a new environment with students of a similar ability, offering a taste of what university life might be like.


Afterwards, students remarked on the success of the project, enjoying: meeting new people, making new friends; team work; getting extra help; the different environment, getting out of London into Surrey; classes with similar students; trying out new activities; the boarding experience; learning from different teachers.


“The food was very nice, the students were really friendly and so were the teachers. Extremely enjoyable experience, would like it to last longer!”