City University’s tutoring schemes and campus visits have improved prospects for local pupils

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City’s work with a local primary school has helped it to obtain an outstanding score in a recent Ofsted report. Over the past year, City has worked closely with Hugh Myddelton Primary School, offering tutoring in Maths and English and running summer schools and Spotlight Days. This work is part of a wider programme of widening participation and outreach projects run by City to improve the prospects of school children from lower income backgrounds and groups underrepresented at university.

Outstanding Ofsted report

Hugh Myddelton’s involvement with City has been cited in the school’s most recent Ofsted report as evidence of the school’s high aspirations for its pupils. The report stated that work with universities has been “instrumental in providing older pupils with information about life after school.”

The report also said: “Spotlight Days have enhanced the school’s curriculum whereby university students join pupils to discuss engineering, mathematics and science, for example. These sessions not only complement the curriculum but provide pupils with an insight into higher education.”

In June 2015, the school was rated as ‘needing improvement’ following their Ofsted inspection and was labelled the ‘worst school in Islington’. A new headteacher and refreshed approach to teaching have vastly improved the school and the prospects for its pupils.

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