The City Circle Saturday School established in 1999 is one of the projects of the City Circle (registered charity no. 1088931). The school was founded to combat the low attainment levels achieved by students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The school provides targeted assistance for students at the primary and secondary level. Teaching focuses on numeracy and literacy and Islamic Studies is also taught (for Muslim students)
The City Circle Saturday School aims not only to address educational disadvantage but to also provide positive role models who contribute to the development of balanced adults who will be able to make a positive impact within their communities. We believe that with the right level of support from the school and commitment from the students, every child is capable of the highest level of academic achievement
The school currently has approximately 100 students. The vast majority of the students at the school come from low-income families and in some cases their first language is not English. The school charges a nominal fee, which enables us to focus on helping the most disadvantaged members of the community.
There are around 20-30 volunteer teachers and a number of administrative volunteers. The teachers come from a range of professions including media/marketing executives, bankers, consultants, scientists etc, as well as professional teachers. Although most of our teachers have no previous experience, many have been inspired by this experience and have gone on to become professional teachers. All volunteers are DSB (formerly CRB) checked.
GSCE students at the school consistently produce excellent results. The 2013/2014 academic year students achieved 100% A*-C in Maths and English Literature and 90% A*-C in English Language, well above the national average. A-level students have also performed impressively and managed to secure offers from Oxford University, LSE, Royal Holloway UCL, Imperial College, Queen Mary, Kings College and Brighton University.
As well as educational attainment the school is keen to focus on pastoral care and extra curricular activities. These include running a successful careers program, poetry workshops, environmental workshops, activities run by the Science Museum and the V&A and many others. The school also produces a newsletter every term showcasing and celebrating the achievements of both the students and the teachers.
At the end of the summer term the school arranges numerous activities that show recognition for the hard work performed over the year. Previous trips have included visits to Willowbrook Farm, Longridge Activity Centre, Brighton Sea Life Centre, Willen Lake Watersports Centre, Woburn Safari Park and Belchamps Scout Camp.
Encouraging a community of altruistic individuals keen to give back to society is a desire of the school and as such students at CCSS have been involved in their own fundraising initiative to provide the running costs of schools in developing countries.
The waiting list of over 100 students is testament to the schools success but also provides a challenge in terms of meeting the demand for supplementary education. The schools model has been replicated by a number of former teachers in various areas around London and each of the individual schools is a success story in its own right. The latest school to be created, by a former headteacher is the CCSS sister school in Harrow.
To meet this growing demand the CCSS is always looking for opportunities to expand and replicate the model in the local area and afar.
As the school continues to grow and evolve we are constantly looking for new teachers who share the ethos and enthusiasm for the school and its mission.
If you are interested in teaching, volunteering or working with the school please contact the headteacher.
West London – City Circle Saturday School at Al-Manaar (Year 4 to A Levels)
The school runs every Saturday (subject to the school timetable) from 10am-1.30pm at the MCHC, 244 Acklam Road, W10 5YG
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North London – City Circle Saturday School at Harrow Mosque (Year 4 to Year 8)
The school runs every Saturday (subject to the school timetable) from 10am-12:30pm at Harrow Mosque, 34 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2SQ
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