east london consortium

City of London School for Girls is a founder member of ELC. This is a consortium of six girls’ schools (both from the independent and maintained sector) which promotes exchange of good practice and opportunity for curriculum enrichment across the schools. The other members are Central Foundation Girls’ School, Channing School for Girls, Highbury Fields School, Mulberry School for Girls and The Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls. As part of the ELC activities, CLSG hosts the Urban Scholar’s Intervention Programme, a Saturday school for up to 75 gifted and talented female students of mixed ability from the maintained sector schools in the ELC.

Now in its eighth year, USIP is the most significant of the School’s outreach initiatives. There are 10 Saturday sessions held at City, one ‘university away day’ and one residential weekend. The staff, support team and Sixth Form students (who as mentors) are drawn from each of the schools.

Students benefit from working in groups of equally able girls from a range of cultures and backgrounds, in a supportive environment where it is cool to be clever. Cross-curricular themes enable students to acquire thinking and problem solving skills. The programme has received exceptionally favourable independent evaluations and from these there is tangible evidence to suggest that the programme has enabled gifted young women to improve their academic performance, and further their aspirations, as everyone is encouraged to aim for higher education. In addition biennial conferences and ad hoc events are run, which provide an opportunity for girls in the six schools to work together around shared themes.