Independent State School Partnership (ISSP)

Slough and Eton are proud to be part of the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) initiative.  The ISSP was a Department for Education and Skills initiative established to provide structure and funding for cooperation between the state school sector and private school sector.  The partnership has several aims, including the breaking down of barriers between the sectors, the sharing of professional expertise and the raising of pupil standards.

The schools in the Eton, Slough, Windsor and Heston Partnership are: Eton College, Slough and Eton, The Langley Academy, St. Joseph’s, Beechwood, Windsor Boys’ and Heston Community College. Since its beginnings in 2007, the partnership has gone from strength to strength.  Over the past twelve months there have been in excess of eighteen collaboration projects between the schools. The aim of the ISSP is to bridge the gap between the state and private sector by offering all pupils an equal opportunity, regardless of their background. The ISSP aims to raise pupil achievement, improve pupil self-esteem and raise pupil aspiration. The ISSP is not limited to just pupils. Over the years, the collaboration between school staff has strengthened and there have been many opportunities for teachers’ professional development.

Independent State School Projects

The Wisdom Project Retreat- A four day residential project to explore themes such as; faith, freedom and authority.

ISSP Seniores- Inspirational speakers who are invited to speak to pupils about raising aspirations.

Saturday Satya-School at Eton on a Saturday morning exploring experiential teaching and learning methods.

Science Workshops for Year 9 pupils.

Maths and English Mentoring.

Leadership Programme – keynote speakers addressing current and future issues in education.