Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Here & Now

 

 

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‘Thank you’ to each and every one of you who supports the Borlase Here & Now Fund and in particular for your continuation or joining as new donors in these challenging times.

Now, more than ever we need your support!  

The Here & Now fund is still critical to Borlase as it bridges the gap from where Government funding ends and the Borlase experience begins.  It is what makes Borlase Borlase.

We ask all parents to give £1 per day per child, so £365 per year - or whatever you can afford.  When one gift to the Here & Now fund is combined with hundreds of others, your single contribution has the power to provide the opportunities and invaluable resources to inspire and empower our students to shape the future. They are able to develop the skills,  confidence and experience to follow their ambitions. In these challenging times managing opportunities is even more difficult but equally even more important. Every donation, regardless of size makes a difference.  

Your Support

Keeps Borlase safe

We have been doing as much as possible to make Borlase a safe and comfortable environment where the students can learn and be with their friends.  The Here & Now Fund has enabled the school to do so much of this necessary work including hiring three large, heated marquees; installing outside sinks and hand sanitizer stations around the school; employing additional cleaning hours; repurposing rooms with associated IT needs; installing perspex screens; buying cleaning detergents by the bucket and changing our biometric system to cards, issuing lanyards to the students to help us identify year groups. These additional facilities are all to make the environment as safe as possible for our children and remove some of the anxiety related to returning to school.

Keeps Borlase learning

Gifts to the Here & Now are enabling Borlase to invest in critical technical infrastructure such as staff computers and visualisers that allow us to continue to support our students with online learning.  We will continue to invest in up to date software to facilitate teacher student engagement in real-time, allowing them to ask questions and giving students the opportunity to respond.  This software is critical for assessment and interaction even now as we need to remain socially distant in our classrooms.  

We were hoping that by now we would have Government aid to help ease the costs of making school safe, but this has not happened.  They have funded some specific areas in schools but this funding in no way matches what we spend on making Borlase safe and we cannot rely on receiving any further funding from them.

Enriched Learning at Borlase

At Borlase, in spite of these challenging times, we are still committed to delivering a curriculum that is rich in practical experiences as far as possible; we continue to provide support for those who need it and, following many hours of careful risk assessment we are offering extra curricular activities to enrich the learning experience for our students.

The Here and Now Fund supports the enriched curriculum in so many ways including:

STEM at Borlase

We run science practicals for all year groups beyond any examination requirement, we have specialist laboratories and resources for experiments. We employ laboratory technicians and a STEM Coordinator to support all this happening. We fund competitions and wider projects.

Modern Foreign Languages at Borlase

We employ native speakers in French, Spanish and German to extend and enrich learning. We have a technician/ administrator to support the new MFL Food curriculum and arrange trips and exchanges. 

Literature and Humanities at Borlase

Our Literacy coordinator provides advice and guidance on wider reading; literacy learning support and organises trips and visits across English and the humanities. Like or science coordinator the literacy coordinator leads extended project groups and wider opportunities.

The Arts at Borlase

We employ a specialist technician to support productions, assemblies and now all the virtual presentations and events that take place; we equip our theatre and studios for Dance, Drama and Music.

Sport at Borlase

We offer a wide range of extra curricular opportunities which require specialist equipment and employ a technician to support the work of the staff and coaches across sports.

Pastoral and Learning Support at Borlase

We employ a full-time Matron  to support the medical needs of all pupils; her role is pivotal in this current situation and it is reassuring to have a qualified medic on site. Student support officers, learning mentors, a careers officer and school counsellors offer additional academic, careers and pastoral support. The school does not receive additional funding for teaching assistants or learning support; this is all supported by the Here and Now Fund.     

So Thank You once again for supporting us in any way you can. You make a difference.

For all enquiries please contact Ilona Cains at icains@swbgs.com or on 01628 816519.