Living and working on the top of a hill can provide wonderful views but can also lead to a sense of isolation. With Mill Hill School seeming to dominate life on The Ridgeway, it is important to get down the hill and visit other schools in order to compare and share best practice.
We are delighted, therefore, to have been been working closely with two schools in North London over this last year, London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham, and Copthall School in Mill Hill, whilst maintaining our long-standing links with Mill Hill County School and St Paul’s Primary School.
Our longest-standing partnership, going back many years, is with Mill Hill County High School, with which we share a Combined Cadet Force. A healthy number of MHCHS pupils attend weekly parade with their officers and participate in the summer camps that the CCF facilitates. The other element of our partnership with MHCHS is an annual exchange of Oxford/Cambridge candidates for practice interviews.
We have another long-running partnership with St Paul’s C of E Primary School, situated opposite our campus on The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, which involves Lower Sixth students reading with primary pupils on a weekly basis.
Mill Hill is a sponsor of the second London Academy of Excellence (Tottenham), a sixth form college. I am a Governor and there is a thriving link between the Chemistry Departments of the two schools, with our Head of Chemistry and Senior Technician visiting the Academy regularly to advise the curriculum leader for the subject.
Our fourth partnership is with Copthall School, an 11-18 all-girls’ converter academy close to us in Mill Hill. Mr Frazer, our Deputy Head (Academic) is a Governor and the Chair of the Education Standards Committee. Through this link, we have quickly built a partnership founded on shared activities for pupils, such as society meetings and sports matches as well as mutual staff CPD from which both sides are learning.
These various connections add a richness to our understanding of both education and community and we look forward to continuing to further strengthen these links in the future.