East Kent presents a diversity of economic, social and educational backgrounds for schoolchildren. When pupils and staff collaborate across schools, by sharing resources and exchanging experiences, there can be huge mutual benefits, especially for disadvantaged children. East Kent Schools Together is an innovative independent-state school partnership, in which each school contributes and draws from the partnership on an equal footing for the benefit of all. The inclusion of a university as a partner opens exciting and innovative educational opportunities for the schools involved.
Positively impacting wellbeing is at the heart of our partnership. Our programme of events aims to create meaningful connections, develop soft skills, widen horizons and improve confidence.
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Wednesday 13 March, 4:00pm Archbishop's School
Wednesday 20 March, 10:00am
EKST Big Science Day- CCCU Wednesday 20th March (for EKST Yr 10 students): ALL PLACES NOW FILLED!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be added to the waiting list thank you.Verena Homes Science Building, CCCU
Thursday 21 March, 5:30pm Kent College
Thursday 25 April, 9:45am The Malthouse Theatre, King's
If you would like to support the East Kent Schools Together partnership by making or pledging a donation, or if you’d like to know more, please contact: Claire Bridger, EKST Project Lead EKSTpartnership@gmail.com | 07864 605412
Donations, whether one-off or regular, can assist with the central costs of running the partnership, or may be targeted at a specific project if desired. We welcome school visits from potential donors.
Kent Community Foundation (KCF) kindly have supported from their discretionary fund, from the Lawson Trust, ,the Crown Charitable Fund and the Pack Family Endowment. We are very grateful to them for this essential funding that supports widening participation and the futures of young people.
The Loveday Grassroots Endowed Fund supported us through KCF with a focus on our PSHE delivery and training.
Previously we received support from Canterbury City Council’s Active Sports grant for our Big Splash event in March 2019. In 2021 we received funds from the RISE wellbeing grants for our Big Sing Club to take place virtually when choirs were not able to sing together due to the pandemic, improving wellbeing and a sense of connection at a time of isolation.
We received support from The Crown Foundation and An Anonymous Donor for our first art collaboration ‘Rearranging Deckchairs’ in 2019. Follow the success of this initial project, and the recorded positive impact, in 2021 we were delighted to receive funding for our second art collaboration ‘Our Shared Isolation’ from The Swire Charitable Trust.
The Crown Charitable Fund went on to support our Big Sing, partnership choir for 2019 – 2020 and made it possible for more students to benefit from singing with others from different backgrounds – breaking down boundaries and building confidence.
KM Charity Team have joined EKST as Associate Partners, in recognition of our shared aims of raising aspirations amongst young people in Kent.
The Bay Trust is an environmental education charity dedicated to improving lives through outdoor learning and connections with the natural world.
Turner Contemporary in Margate, our local national museum, is a creative centre for East Kent with an exciting exhibition programme that aims to expand its visitor’s creative potential and way of thinking.
We welcome expressions of interest from organisations who share our vision and would like to discuss becoming Associate Partners.