SHINE launched its Serious Fun programme in 2003 with a grant to St Paul’s and Latymer Upper Schools. Since then we have funded a further 35 schemes. The programme is currently supporting around 800 students per year from more than 100 state schools.
To date, Serious Fun projects have been set up at the following schools:
- American School in London
- Bancroft’s School
- Blackheath High School
- Bolton School
- Bromley High School
- Bury Grammar School
- Canford School
- Central Newcastle High School
- City of London School for Girls
- Croydon High School
- Dulwich College
- Eltham College
- Eton College
- Farnborough Hill School
- Forest School
- Hampton School
- Highgate School
- James Allen’s Girls’ School
- The John Lyon and Harrow Schools
- The King’s School, Ely
- Lady Eleanor Holles School
- Latymer Upper School
- Manchester Grammar School
- Merchant Taylors’ Girls School
- Merchant Taylors’ Northwood
- Northampton High School
- Norwich School
- Oxford High School
- Perse School
- Rugby School
- Sheffield High School for Girls
- Tonbridge School
- Westminster School
- Wimbledon High School
- Winchester College
- Withington Girls’ School
- The programme is a first class example of how state and independent schools can work together.
TeacherInspiring young minds is what teaching is all about… we are fortunate to have outstanding facilities to share with primary schools from all over the local area.
Serious Fun teacherThe children benefited enormously from the impact of spending time with the sixth formers. They got to see a world that is all too often closed off to them.
TeacherThis brings together able young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and their more privileged peers, to mutual benefit... it is very exciting indeed!
Serious Fun teacherThe best result we get is when the heads ring us up and say ‘thank you so much, this pupil is so much more engaged at school – they really enjoyed it.’
Project ManagerThere was more variety in what we learned and it's fun to try new things.
Serious Fun StudentI did not have a spare moment to myself. The children were all talking with me, asking questions and wanting to know how everything worked. They were a wonderful group!
Physicist and SHINE lecturerEducation has become so complex but it really should be quite straightforward and that’s good teaching, rigorous, challenging subjects and motivating pupils.
Project ManagerI come to improve and better myself, take on new challenges, stop wasting my Saturdays and do something constructive.
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