The KEHS Outreach Programme engages with primary school children in and around Birmingham.

One of our school aims is to make a difference to our community and beyond, and the outreach programme is an important way in which we seek to do this. The programme aims to support primary teachers in raising aspirations, by offering free activities and access to our facilities to complement and extend what children are doing in school.

A number of our teachers have special provision within their timetable to support these activities, enabling them to either visit primary schools or welcome groups that come to us. Our girls also support outreach.

We offer a wide range of activities, such as:

  • PE - dance, Kwik Cricket and use of our swimming pool
  • Maths - such as divisibility tests and sequences, and how different aspects of maths appear in nature
  • Biology - practical experiments including dissection of owl pellets, how parachutes disperse dandelion fruits and setting up wormeries
  • English - exploring poetry and visual arts, with opportunities for creative writing and performance activities, and author visits
  • French - including greetings, numbers, months and talking about likes and dislikes
  • Spanish - including songs, phonics, pronunciation and Hispanic cultural awareness
  • Music - including live chamber music concerts, musical storytelling, composition workshops and singing workshops.

Most activities are offered on a Friday afternoon, with some taking place at our site in Edgbaston and others being delivered at primary schools, although it may be possible for them to run at different times. Some are available as standalone sessions, while others take place over a block of a few weeks. All the activities are available free of charge to participating schools.

To find out more about taking part in an outreach session or to suggest additional activities that we could run, please email outreach@kehsmail.co.uk

Our nationally-recognised TuneUp programme is also part of our outreach activities. TuneUp aims to enable as many young people as possible to participate in uplifting arts activities. It went global in just its first year when more than 110,000 pupils around the world took part in an online event to mark TuneUp Tuesday, and it has been shortlisted in the Community Outreach category at the Independent Schools of the Year 2021 Awards. You can find out more about TuneUp at www.tuneup.life

King Edward’s School, with whom we share a site, also runs a thriving outreach programme; so if you can’t find what you’re looking for with us, please take a look at their information at https://kes.org.uk/about-us/outreach/

Sixth Form September 2021