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South Chingford Foundation School

We pride ourselves on our unique environment which equips every student with skills, knowledge and enriching experiences.

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Our vision is to build ambition in every learner; enlightening them to the opportunities available to them and their drive to accomplish their potential, and more. We believe in the importance of encouraging ambition, broadening horizons and instilling a sense of self-belief, challenge and celebrating every student accomplishment and success.

As a community, we achieve our vision through offering students a range of enrichment prospects, learning experiences, celebrating student success and networking with a range of partners to provide opportunities for our students that they might not have the chance to experience.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established with the intent to provide students across the country with unique and exciting opportunities, to enhance and enrich their education.

South Chingford has benefitted from this partnership for over 15 years, developing a range of programmes to inspire our young adults, both inside and outside the classroom:

  • Jack Petchey Grant Programme (student and staff)
  • Jack Petchey Educational Visits Grant
  • Speak Out Challenge
  • Count on Us Maths Challenge
  • Table Tennis Initiative.

The outcomes from these various schemes and programmes are based around the development of leadership opportunities, self-esteem and confidence, creating an ethos of celebration and further developing our enrichment and extended school provision. Within our school, as a result of working with the Jack Petchey Foundation, we have witnessed the growth of many individual students, from their leadership capabilities to confidence, alongside improved school facilities, an increased curriculum offer and additional funding to enable a range of trips, to complement our drop down day programme.

Achieving the Jack Petchey Teacher Award had a very positive impact on me; not only did I feel extremely valued by my colleagues and students, but I was able to use the additional funding to further support our peer mentor programme and it enabled us to take out a group of over 40 students on a school trip to London, fully funded through the grants scheme. This was an opportunity which the students and staff would not normally get and was incredibly beneficial to our learning, knowledge and was a unique experience outside the classroom, invaluable to students