St Peter's School
ISSP Breakthrough Event at St Peter's, 2016
Independent-State School Partnership
York Independent State School Partnership was started in 2007 as a way of providing opportunities for the secondary aged pupils of York outside of the normal school curriculum. Another aim is to break down barriers between independent and state school pupils and foster new friendships and viewpoints.
Since its inception, the York ISSP has offered one day conferences on leadership; an annual enterprise competition on pitching sustainable business ideas; opportunities to study Russian to GCSE and Thinking Skills at A-Level as well as much more.
St Peter’s involvement has centred on the annual Masterclasses which take place in March of each year, some of which have been offered by staff at St Peter’s. Children from any of the eight state and three independent schools involved in the programme can opt to take part in a range of courses, which in the past have included creative writing; forensic science through examination of blood; the study of law and morality through philosophy; exploring York’s violent and bloody past; and the maths and computer science behind Angry Birds; and the spires, stones and gargoyles of York Minster.
York ISSP is supported by the University of York, York Minster, Merchant Adventurers, York Art Gallery and Science City York, all of which have offered facilities and staff to create opportunities for education and experience to the school pupils of the city.
Since 2011, one of our key involvements has been to offer Latin GCSE to pupils whose schools do not deliver the subject themselves. Year 9 pupils are selected from the eight state schools in the ISSP to take part in the two year course, during which they learn five years of Latin in just two years and achieve a full GCSE qualification at the end of Year 10. The fierce competition for places has shown that Latin is alive and thriving in York.
Please visit the ISSP website to find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer to St Peter’s pupils this academic year.