SPCF Schools Ambassador Project Launches

SPCF Schools Ambassador Project Launches

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This week saw the official launch of the St Peter’s College Foundation Schools Ambassador Project, which will run from September 2017 to summer 2020.

The project is designed to provide career personal development for teachers in their subjects by pairing them with an Oxford academic. The intention is also to raise the profile of St Peter’s and the University as a whole in those schools, and to encourage more suitably-qualified pupils to apply, not least from students with under-privileged backgrounds.

This innovative scheme is funded by the St Peter’s College Foundation, an independent, alumni-led, charity that supports St Peter’s College by investing in its people.

The first group of Schools Ambassadors was chosen over the course of the summer, with teachers coming from schools in Liverpool, London, Bournemouth, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and St Helen’s. 

This year’s Ambassadors visited St Peter's on 22 September, during which they had a chance to meet with the academics with whom they will be paired.

Speaking at the launch of the project, which has already been covered in the local press (see here and here), Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter's, said: ‘We have academics here full of excitement about the thought of teaching motivated school teachers who want to refresh or add to their knowledge’.

‘I hope the scheme leads to a richer understanding in the schools as a whole about what an Oxford college is really like and helps boost the confidence of teachers to get their best students to apply here.’

Prof Stephen Baxter chats with Sarah Davies, Head of History at Upton Hall School