Bradfield Club in Peckham

The Bradfield Club charity was founded in 1912 to support young people in the deprived area of north Peckham, an area that still faces considerable social and economic challenges. It has a board of trustees that includes a number of Old Bradfieldians and others associated with the College.

The charity continues to sponsor youth work in the Peckham area; its club on Commercial Way welcomes around 150 youngsters each week, offering a safe environment in which to talk, play, learn, eat, and find individual support.

The youth club has a dedicated team of employed staff and volunteers whose goal is ‘To make a real difference to our members’ lives.’ It offers a wide range of hobbies and activities, provides hot meals and currently houses a full-size sports hall and small fitness gym, providing young people with free personal training.

The building is on the cusp of redevelopment and, once the work is completed, what is on offer to young people in Peckham will be much enhanced.

Links between the Bradfield Club charity and the College are strong and there are plans to increase the support each offers the other. In pursuit of this, the Bradfield Club recently modified its charitable objects to allow it to become involved in youth work in West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham.

It is intended that this extended activity will be in partnership with the College and Berkshire Youth and a beginning has been made in the shared acquisition of the Waterside Club in the centre of Newbury where, in time, a new facility will extend the opportunities available to the young people of that locality.

ABC To Read

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

ABC to Read is a paired reading programme with a group of 6 local primary schools which provides extra support with literacy provision at KS2 level. Bradfield pupils are trained by the ABC to Read charity to volunteer as reading assistants once a week to help to improve the reading ages of children identified as requiring additional support. They play literacy games, do paired reading and help to encourage reading for enjoyment.

PARTNERS

  • Basildon Primary School;
  • Beenham Primary School, Beenham;
  • Bradfield CofE Primary School, Bradfield Southend;
  • Bucklebury Primary School, Bucklebury;
  • Englefield Primary School, Englefield;
  • Woolhampton Primary School, Woolhampton.

TESTIMONIALS

 

Our pupils who have been part of the programme have displayed a greater enthusiasm for reading and look forward to their session with the Bradfield pupils each week.

BUCKLEBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

This project offers us extra support with literacy provision and the Bradfield pupils act in a professional manner which really has benefited our pupils and assisted with improving their reading ages.

Bradfield Southend

BACKGROUND

ABC to Read is a paired reading programme with a group of 6 local state primary schools and ongoing partnership with the Assisting Berkshire Children to Read charity. Each year reading assistants work with pupils in the local primaries who have difficulties with reading.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

Bradfield pupils are encouraged to develop leadership and confidence by working independently with the children. They also improve their soft skills such as patience and communication.

RESOURCES

Reading resources provided by Bradfield and the local primary schools. The College sponsors a Reading Scheme at one primary school and makes a contribution to the charity each year.

Classics Partnership with Kelmscott School

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

Kelmscott School in Walthamstow has a growing Classics Department and Greek Society. Bradfield’s Classics Department and Greek Theatre make a relationship between the two schools an obvious and successful partnership. The partnership is in its infancy but is developing and will hopefully prove to be sustainable and mutually beneficial.

Members of both Classics Departments meet regularly to share ideas and resources. There are plans to explore the possibility of trips, collaborations on plays and teacher/ pupil exchanges.

PARTNERS

  • Kelmscott School.

 

IT support and consultancy services for local schools

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

Bradfield’s IT Department provides support and consultancy services for local primary schools. They are able to assist with the IT infrastructure and provision at these schools by providing efficient cost savings as well as stable and secure IT support.

PARTNERS

  • Bradfield CofE Primary School;
  • Englefield Primary School;
  • The Federation of Mortimer St John’s and St Mary’s.

TESTIMONIALS

 

BRADFIELD MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING OUR PUPILS AT HOME DURING THE FIRST LOCKDOWN.

HILARY, HEAD TEACHER OF ENGLEFIELD PRIMARY

 

FOR A SMALL PRIMARY SCHOOL, THEIR SUPPORT HAS BEEN INVALUABLE ESPECIALLY OVER THE PAST YEAR WHEN WE NEEDED TO GET OUR REMOTE LEARNING PROVISION IN PLACE QUICKLY. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY ARE A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH.

CAROLINE, HEADTEACHER OF BRADFIELD PRIMARY

BACKGROUND

Members of the Bradfield IT Department provide IT support/services. The College holds annual contracts with the schools and costs are vastly discounted compared to 3rd party commercial agreements. IT services include:

  • GDPR training/support;
  • Infrastructure planning and budgetary requirements;
  • Bespoke IT lessons and tech demos/introductions, e.g. Virtual Reality;
  • Career path guidance for students interested in IT;
  • Q&A’s with staff, students and parents about IT in education;
  • Training events (mostly Microsoft software).

Additionally, over the years consultancy and support services have been provided to Theale Green School, John Madejski Academy, Southlake Primary School, Maiden Erlegh School and Horris Hill school.

RESOURCES

Ten IT Staff, IT Infrastructure (equipment and servers).

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Oxbridge Forums

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

Bradfield runs Oxbridge Forums every other week in the Michaelmas Term. There are currently three in different subject areas: Arts and Literature, Social Science and Natural Sciences. These forums take place virtually on Microsoft Teams and are led by Bradfield members of staff. They include Bradfieldians as well as pupils from three local state maintained schools.

PARTNERS

  • The Downs School;
  • The Willink School;
  • Trinity School.

TESTIMONIALS

 

We have had a record number of Oxbridge applicants this year. There will be many reasons for this, but I am sure one of them is the sessions Bradfield has been running. Many thanks for including us.

HEAD OF SIXTH FORM, The WILLINK

 

It was really useful to be able to discuss ideas with people from other schools. We heard and learned about other perspectives which we may never have considered only talking to other pupils within our own school. It was even more beneficial for those of us applying for courses which were less popular this year at Bradfield, as it gave us an opportunity to talk to people our own age about ideas which interest us.

SIXTH FORM OXBRIDGE CANDIDATE, Bradfield College

BACKGROUND

Bradfield have had Oxbridge Societies for a significant number of years but the Oxbridge Co-ordinator saw remote learning as a way to open up to the wider community through the use of Microsoft Teams. 2020 was the first year of this project but it works well and the hope will be to establish a community group of ‘Oxbridge’ candidates who would benefit from broader discussion with other like-minded pupils.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

A group of 20 consisting of pupils from Bradfield College and three state school.

Primary Schools Science Series

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

The Primary Schools Science Series is a programme of Science enrichment workshops for local primary schools. The programme offers a venue, transport to the workshops, equipment for the practical experiments and the opportunity to work with Sixth Form scientists as well as teachers. The programme is run six times throughout the academic year and accommodates 60 pupils per session. Approximately 360 primary school pupils take part in it over the academic year.

PARTNERS

  • Beenham Primary School;
  • Birch Copse Primary School;
  • Bradfield Primary School;
  • Bucklebury Primary School;
  • Englefield Primary School;
  • Goring Primary School;
  • Pangbourne Primary School;
  • Speenhamland Primary School;
  • Spurcroft Primary School;
  • St Finians Primary School;
  • Sulhampsted & Ufton Nervet Primary School;
  • Thatcham Park Primary School;
  • Whitchurch Primary School;
  • Woolhampton Primary School.

TESTIMONIALS

 

Thank you so much for organising a great afternoon for us. The children really enjoyed it and one came home saying ‘We made hydrogen bombs!’ Please thank all the staff for a lovely experience and hopefully the start of many.

HEADMISTRESS, WOOLHAMPTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

The Science Series enables 20 pupils from Bradfield College Sixth Form to support teaching staff for workshops. Pupils work with primary school pupils, developing their own interpersonal and leadership skills.

RESOURCES

Bradfield staff, facilities and pupils used to run workshops.

Studying in Europe support

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

The Studying in Europe Forum provides an advice evening with representatives from companies offering information on European universities, the application process and scholarships. It is offered to Bradfield pupils as well as pupils from the local community.

The Studying in the EU talk is given to Sixth Form pupils from Bradfield College and local schools (and Fifth Form pupils if they wish to attend) by external experts, currently a company called A Star Future, which provides general information about what it is like to study within the EU, the application process and requirements. The talk also includes details of potential costs of study as well as what it might be like to live in a particular country.

PARTNERS

  • Little Heath School;
  • The Downs School;
  • The Willink School;
  • Theale Green School.

BACKGROUND

The Horizons Department at Bradfield have an established programme of further education talks and workshops that other local schools are welcome to approach us about and send pupils along to so they can gain a fuller understanding of how to access further education in the UK, Europe and the US.

RESOURCES

College facilities and Bradfield Horizons staff time.

Studying in the US support

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

Bradfield’s Horizons Department has developed a programme, using both external and internal expertise, to advise pupils wishing to explore the option of studying in the US and to support those who wish to apply. We are happy to share our knowledge and to support other local schools to help their pupils (and their parents) gain a better understanding of the US higher education options and to make a strong application should they choose to apply.

A Studying in the US talk is given by external experts and provides general information about what it is like to study in the US, the application process, requirements for applicants and sports scholarships. This is open to Bradfield pupils as well as pupils from the local community. It is targeted at Lower Sixth pupils however any interested Fifth Form pupils (Year 11) who express a particular interest may also attend.

As part of the programme one-to-one support and advice on studying in the US and the application process is available from the Bradfield College Horizons team (Careers ad Higher Education Department).

ACT/SAT pre-test tutoring isrun by UES Education at Bradfield College for Lower Sixth pupils who wish to prepare for ACT or SAT pre-tests for their US application.

PARTNERS

  • The Downs School;
  • Theale Green School.

BACKGROUND

The Horizons Department at Bradfield have an established programme of further education talks and workshops that other local schools are welcome to approach us about and send pupils along to so they can gain a fuller understanding of how to access further education in the UK, Europe and the US.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

Approximately twenty Bradfield pupils generally attend the talk and approximately ten Bradfield pupils take the ACT/SAT tutoring. In the past pupils from The Downs School have attended.

RESOURCES

Events and activities take place at Bradfield College and are run by the Bradfield Horizons Careers team (three staff members).

Theale Green School

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

From September 2013 – April 2017, the College sponsored Theale Green School, a local secondary school less than two miles from Bradfield. Theale Green has since joined the Activate Learning Multi-Academy Trust (ALET).

The College remains committed to continuing its educational partnership with Theale Green School through curricular and co-curricular activities for the benefit of all involved with the advancement of education, Bradfield’s primary aim as a charity. This partnership is an essential element of our wider commitment to the local community and to public benefit through outreach activity.

Members of staff and council continue to serve on their local governing board. They are also warmly welcomed every year to perform their Summer Play in our Greek Theatre.

UCAS Support - Applications and Interview Process

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

Providing UCAS support to local state maintained secondary school Theale Green School to aid their Sixth Form with university applications should they require assistance.

Bradfield College has facilitated mock interviews, shared resources (including a weekly Careers bulletin) and invites Theale Green School pupils to our annual Careers Fair and Oxbridge Programme.

From September 2013 – April 2017, the College sponsored Theale Green School, a local secondary school less than two miles from Bradfield. Theale Green has since joined the Activate Learning Multi-Academy Trust (ALET). The College remains committed to continuing its educational partnership with Theale Green School through curricular and co-curricular activities for the benefit of all involved with the advancement of education. This partnership is an essential element of our wider commitment to the local community.

As the College is developing stronger ties with other local schools, the plan is to also offer this to Little Heath School in 2021/22.

PARTNERS

  • Little Heath School;
  • Theale Green School.

BACKGROUND

The Horizons Department at Bradfield have an established programme of further education talks and workshops that other local schools are welcome to approach us about and send pupils along to so they can gain a fuller understanding of how to access further education in the UK, Europe and the US.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

100 Lower Sixth pupils.

RESOURCES

Time from Bradfield Horizons (Careers Department) staff.

Leadership Academy and Berkshire Youth at the Newbury Waterside Centre

CO-CURRICULAR PARTNERSHIP

In partnership with Berkshire Youth pupils from Bradfield College undertake an Open Colleges Award in Leadership. These pupils volunteer at local primary schools to assist with their after-school provision over the course of the academic year and also participate in other projects run by the Berkshire Youth at the Waterside Centre in Newbury.

PARTNERS

  • Berkshire Youth;
  • Birch Copse Primary School, Tilehurst, Reading;
  • Springfield Primary School, Tilehurst, Reading;
  • St Pauls Primary School, Tilehurst, Reading.

TESTIMONIALS

 

SOMETHING THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT WAS TO APPROACH EACH WEEK WITH A POSITIVE MINDSET AND AN OPEN-MINDEDNESS. BY DOING THIS I WAS ABLE TO GAIN EXPERIENCES THAT I KNOW WILL BE REALLY HELPFUL OUTSIDE OF BRADFIELD.

GRACE, YOUNG LEADER

 

SOMETHING THAT I LEARNED WAS HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. IT CAN BE QUITE HARD AT TIMES TO GET THEM INVOLVED IN THINGS THEY NORMALLY WOULDN’T DO. IT HAS BEEN NICE TO SEE THEM DEVELOP AND FIND THOSE THINGS THAT THEY REALLY HAD FUN DOING.

CHLOE, YOUNG LEADER





BACKGROUND

The College is building a relationship with local charity Berkshire Youth and as part of this hopes to improve the number of local links we have with state schools.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

College pupils ranging from 16 to 18 years old train and assist throughout the academic year.

RESOURCES

  • Transport;
  • Berkshire Youth & Bradfield Staffing;
  • Classroom for training;
  • Funding for the pupils Leadership Qualification;
  • Funding for Berkshire Youth staff hours.

A qualitative assessment is undertaken in the form of interviews with providers about contribution of Bradfield pupils.

Music Partnerships

CO-CURRICULAR AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS

The Music Department work with pupils from Bradfield and local secondary and primary schools as well as organisations on various initiatives and events including:

  • Apollo 5 Young Leaders Programme;
  • Big Sing events (Summer Sing, Primary School workshops);
  • Berkshire Maestros workshops and events;
  • Performances at various care homes.

PARTNERS

  • Beenham Primary School;
  • Berkshire Maestros;
  • Birch Copse Primary School;
  • Bradfield Primary School;
  • Bucklebury Primary School;
  • Englefield Primary School;
  • Goring Primary School;
  • Pangbourne Primary School;
  • Speenhamland Primary School;
  • Spurcroft Primary School;
  • St Finians Primary School;
  • Sulhampsted & Ufton Nervet Primary School;
  • Thatcham Park Primary School;
  • Theale Green School;
  • Voces8;
  • Whitchurch Primary School;
  • Woolhampton Primary School.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

Bradfield pupils are often involved as young leaders and mentors.

RESOURCES

  • Bradfield Pupils and Staff;
  • Staff and pupils from various schools;
  • Bradfield College Music School;
  • Bradfield College Chapel;
  • Fees for Organisations supporting programmes.

Primary Schools Sports Events Series

CO-CURRICULAR PARTNERSHIP

The Primary Schools Sports Events Series consists of sports competitions that run throughout three academic terms. Staffing, venues, equipment, transport, catering and prizes are provided by the College. Activities on offer include:

  • Mixed netball;
  • Cross-country running;
  • Football;
  • Mini tennis;
  • Kwik cricket.

PARTNERS

  • Beenham Primary School;
  • Birch Copse Primary School;
  • Bradfield Primary School;
  • Bucklebury Primary School;
  • Englefield Primary School;
  • Goring Primary School;
  • Pangbourne Primary School;
  • Speenhamland Primary School;
  • Spurcroft Primary School;
  • St Finians Primary School;
  • Sulhampsted & Ufton Nervet Primary School;
  • Thatcham Park Primary School;
  • Whitchurch Primary School;
  • Woolhampton Primary School.

TESTIMONIALS

 

this event encouraged a significant number of our pupils to play Kwik Cricket in our after school club and be more physically active as a result and the opportunity to allow our pupils the chance to play tennis in such a fantastic venue will definitely inspire them to play at home and beyond.

SSCO, Bradfield Southend

 

the pupils loved the opportunity to compete in such an event with such amazing facilities.

SSCO, THATCHAM PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

The boys that [Bradfield] brought with them for cricket were engaged and supportive and we were really impressed with their general demeanour towards adults as well as the children.

HEADTEACHER, ENGLEFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

The Sports Events Series enables 100 pupils from Bradfield College Sixth Form to support coaching staff for the sporting events. Pupils work with primary school pupils, developing their own interpersonal and leadership skills.

RESOURCES

Bradfield staff, facilities and pupils used to run workshops.

EMBRACE Peer Mentoring at Youth Centres and local primary schools

PASTORAL PARTNERSHIP

Pupils are trained by Oppidan Education to mentor younger pupils. The mentoring is pastoral and includes topics such as wellbeing, friendships, life hacks and organisation. The peer mentoring develops leadership and confidence skills in Bradfield pupils and helps younger pupils to develop their own resilience and confidence.

PARTNERS

  • Bradfield Club in Peckham;
  • Berkshire Youth at the Newbury Waterside Centre;
  • Woolhampton Primary School.

BACKGROUND

The College approached Oppidan Education to set up a programme and resources which could be used to equip Sixth Form pupils to mentor younger pupils. This fits with the College’s wider Education for Life ethos to develop outward-looking and open-minded pupils who make a positive contribution to society.

PUPIL INVOLVMENT

Sixth Form pupils mentor Year 6 pupils at Youth Centres and local primary schools. The mentoring occurs once a week. Mentors are given workbooks and guidelines to run sessions and also have thorough Safeguarding training.

RESOURCES

The mentors’ training manual includes:

  • Safeguarding;
  • Principles of Mentoring;
  • Case Studies;
  • Practical Mentoring ;
  • Active Listening;
  • Building Confidence in Young People.

Oppidan’s resource for subsequent sessions with primary children, edited with Bradfield’s thoughts, includes:

  • Life Hacks;
  • “Thunks”;
  • Poetry;
  • Reading & Writing Skills;
  • Growth Mindset;
  • Confidence Activities.

Ongoing communication happens during the year between Sixth Form mentors and Oppidan mentors, both private chat and in their workshop groups, via an app, Remind.
Follow-up feedback sessions occur for mentors.

Certification of the programme by Oppidan Education for those pupils involved. Impact surveys for Year 12s involved before, during and after the programme. There is an added incentive of Oppidan’s Summer Programme, which fast-tracks three Bradfield pupils to spend a week at Oppidan HQ, Hammersmith.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Networks and Forums (for staff and pupils)

PASTORAL PARTNERSHIP

The expectations of young people today are ever increasing, bringing with them various forms of anxiety. Teachers and support staff are not always adequately equipped to best manage the issues they encounter and we feel that this training provides practical tools to spot early warning signs, like a change in mood of a child, which might otherwise go unnoticed, and then intervene. The idea behind physical first aid is to act quickly and effectively and, if done properly, could save a life. Similarly, Mental Health First Aid could be the difference between a good recovery or prolonged mental illness.

Every three years Bradfield’s teachers receive training in physical first aid to help save lives so we think the same attention should be given to mental health. Addressing mental health is expected by most organisations. Employers put more resource into looking after their employees’ mental wellbeing, reaping the economic rewards of more productivity.

Teaching, as we know, is about so much more than just academic results and this can be a small step in equipping staff to look after the wellbeing of their pupils to be as successful as they can be. We think that extending the training to partner schools would be really beneficial for everyone involved.

PARTNERS

  • Little Heath School;
  • Theale Green School.

BACKGROUND

The course covers fear of mental illness and gives practical training on handling difficult conversations, debriefing and protecting yourself and working through the effects that this emotionally charged job can have on the wellbeing of a teacher. Vicki (Director of Wellbeing) is an accredited MHFA trainer and you’ll get a workbook/signposting, certification and, we hope, a support network in the community.

After the first staff training takes place we hope to begin training some Sixth Form pupils from local schools so that they can look out for younger pupils more and look after themselves better. As they embark upon adult life and enter the working world or go to university this course could prepare them for the pressures and challenges ahead.

We also think that Little Heath and Bradfield working together on this could have huge benefits in creating links/partnerships and building resilience.

EDCLUB international mentoring

GLOBAL AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

EDCLUB stands for Encouraging Disadvantaged Children to Learn Using Broadband and it is just that – a way to connect with children in the Huruma Village on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya to help them develop their curiosity for learning.

Mentors Skype the hub once a week for 40 minutes to an hour and inspire the children to learn, improve their conversational English and develop their numeracy, literacy and technological skills. Limited spaces available.

TESTIMONIALS

 

AS FUTURE LEADERS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE START CHANGING OUR PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT TEACHING AND LEARNING INVOLVES.

EDCLUB MENTOR

 

there is nothing quite like hearing that we have played a small part in helping to change someone’s life.

EDCLUB MENTOR

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OSCAR Foundation UK Tour

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

In October 2018 we welcomed 15 Mumbai girls from the OSCAR Foundation’s Kick It Like A Girl Tour to the College as part of a life changing football tour which marked the beginning of a new partnership for Bradfield.

The initiative saw talented girls from one of India’s poorest slums travel to the UK for a nationwide tour during which they played a number of matches, taking in some of our nation’s great footballing sights and meeting some famous faces along the way.

A year 0n from the visit of the girls’ football team, the College hosted a tour for an U17 OSCAR Foundation team of 14 boys from the Mumbai slums.

Our staff and pupils were dedicated to providing an enriching visit for the team, a combination of academic lessons, cultural opportunities and a football match against a College XI.

TESTIMONIALS

 

I learnt a lot from hearing more of their experiences and finding out just how different their lives are to ours. IT HAS DEFINITELY OPENED MY EYES TO DOING MORE CHARITY WORK IN THE FUTURE.

ELLIE, OSCAR YOUNG LEADER

 

It was an experience of a lifetime for me to be involved and also for the girls to be on the tour in the UK.

ALICE, OSCAR YOUNG LEADER

 

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