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Centenary Campaign The Need

THE CENTENARY CAMPAIGN:THE NEED

Curriculum

In recent years, the number of academic subjects offered in the Sixth Form has increased from seventeen to twenty-five. Simultaneously, against a backdrop of nationally declining numbers, the demand for A level places in the Sciences has increased to the point where the laboratories are in almost constant use. Moreover, the number of pupils taking Mathematics in the Lower Sixth has increased by 50% over the last decade.

For many years now, Eltham College has promoted the study of both Modern Languages and Latin. The year 2000 saw Spanish introduced as an examination subject, followed in 2007 by the re-introduction of Russian. In the Junior School, Mandarin became the primary foreign language and has now reached Year 8 in the Senior School.

Physical Resources

We are proud of our academic expansion, but our facilities are increasingly a victim of this success. In Science another Biology laboratory is required; in Modern Languages, so much activity is now computer-based that we need further rooms with these facilities. Two portakabins have been the sole teaching facility for Latin over the past fifteen years.The classrooms are not suited to current work demands and do not offer sufficient dedicated teaching space.

The top floor of the Mervyn Peake Library is the Sixth Form study area, used for independent learning. Their recreational facilities are in the old Gymnasium and Swimming Pool (the renamed Tuck Shop and Gallery). While this space is an area in which they can relax, the Sixth Form need a place to develop the skills of collaborative learning that provide the bridge between school and university, and then the world of work.

Bursaries

Eltham College previously received government funding to support about a quarter of all pupils under the Direct Grant and then the Assisted Places Schemes. The funding was phased out, ending in 2004. To stay true to the wishes of our Founders, and to keep the school open to all who would benefit, we undertook to replace as much of this funding as possible from school resources and fund-raising. However these finite resources are being squeezed by a greater demand for bursaries and the pressure the Governors feel to limit fee increases.

 

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