The City Circle is an open circle for open minds

The 2011/12 academic year produced another set of outstanding GCSE results for the City Circle Saturday School (CCSS) students. In total 13 students took their Maths exams and  11 students took their English exam. The table below shows a comparison of the CCSS results to the UK national average. The objective of the school is not only to help struggling students but to enable each student to fulfil their potential and reach the highest standards by presenting them with positive role models and encouraging them to give back to their communities. This is highlighted by the willingness of our students to actively get involved in volunteering and wider community initiatives.

Four of our students who have studied at CCSS for many years and have gone on to university are now part of our family of volunteer teachers. A current A-level student who aspires to be a primary school teacher is building experience at CCSS as a teaching assistant. Exemplifying the spirit of community, last year’s A-level students organised a fundraising dinner and raised almost £10,000 for the education charity, The Citizens’ Foundation - we hope to continue with this initiative in 2013.

The City Circle Saturday School has been established to support children from the local community enhance their core education outside of school. This model has been running successfully at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (MCHC) in Westbourne Park for over 10 years serving over 100 students. Building on that success, in October 2012 the City Circle launched a new supplementary school in partnership with Harrow Central Mosque.

Both the schools have a very clear sense of mission, which is to give disadvantaged kids the opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have by supporting them academically and helping them improve their achievements at school.  The Harrow school currently runs Year 4, 5 and 6 classes, attended by around 30 students and taught by over 10 volunteer teachers. The high teacher/student ratio ensures that we provide a level of education, individual attention and mentoring that each student deserves. The majority of students and volunteers are from the local community.