United Learning is one of the most established schools groups in the country.
United Learning is a national educational charity consisting of over 30 independent schools and academies including Guildford High School, Surbiton High School, Ashford School, Lincoln Minster School and Dunottar School.
As part of United Learning, pupils and staff have access to an impressive range of Group-wide activities, personal and professional development that no stand-alone school could offer. However, we do not believe that ‘one size fits all’ in any aspect of our work; each of our schools is unique in how it operates.
It is our aim to provide excellent education to all the children and young people we serve. Learning should be enjoyable; it should be challenging but fun, ambitious but specifically tailored to each pupil’s ability and aspirations.
As a group of schools working in partnership, there are clear, tangible benefits to children. Our focus on evidence, evaluation and the refinement of practice allows the Group’s support to be highly effective. We are a learning organisation which seeks constantly to improve, looking outwards to draw on the very best practice available, whilst also supporting the development of all colleagues.
Enrichment Programme with The UL Partnership Team
United Learning work with leading organisations to offer our pupils exciting programmes that challenge them to experience new things, explore their interests and develop their talents. These wider opportunities equip our young people with the character attributes that will enable them to succeed in later life.
Being part of a national group, all of the UL schools are able to offer a wider range of experiences than they would be able to alone. Our pupils frequently come together to participate in shared experiences.
All of our enrichment programmes are delivered by United Learning's dedicated Partnerships Team.
Recent Enrichment Programmes with United Learrning Partnerships:
Student Leadership Programme
UL launched their Student Leadership Programme in September 2015, in partnership with Free the Children and Diana Award. Pupils from Year 6 classes across the Group are invited to a one-day Student Leadership Conference, followed by a project at their own schools, where they will work with their classmates to encourage engagement with social action and empower them to be leaders of change in their own lives.
Our Year 6 pupils, took on a project to tackle pollution. Our Plastic Pollution Project Group had an incredible day at their graduation of the Student Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford. We are incredibly proud of our Year 6 pupils who demonstrated great teamwork and leadership skills to tackle pollution. (March 2022)
StorySlam competition is an annual celebration of our Prep pupils’ literary skills. Each participating school runs its own competition, with the winners coming together at our Group final. The winner receives the opportunity to represent United Learning at the Imagine Festival, held at London’s Southbank Centre. The event gives our pupils a chance to explore their creativity, as well as the opportunity to develop their presentation and performing skills.
Coworth Flexlands was proud to host the Southern Final UL Story SLAM. It was incredible to see such talent and creativity! A huge congratulations to all the pupils who took part to perform a story they independently composed. (February 2022)
Bringing out the best in everyone through Music and Performing Arts. The aim of United Music is for pupils to leave school having experienced and been inspired by a range of exceptional quality music and performing arts. Led by UL's Head of Music and Performing Arts, United Music endeavour to continuously develop and enrich the provision of Music and Performing Arts across the UL Group, by strengthening the curriculum in Music and Performing Arts, supporting the enrichment that takes place outside the classroom and organising large-scale events that can unite our schools.
Giving pupils access to Group-wide opportunities like this, where they can develop their creativity, confidence and compassion, is a key part of UL's commitment to deliver an Education with Character. Green Love is the latest music and performing arts project delivered by United Learning.
Recent United Music Events:
United Music - Green Love
Over 60 primary and secondary schools across United Learning took part in a special music and performing arts project to raise awareness about climate change. Participating schools joined together virtually. The recorded performances from across the Group then were combined to create an exciting Green Love film.
United Music - Carmen
Over 1,000 pupils and staff from more than 35 schools nationwide came together to perform in the UK’s largest ever staging of Carmen. The performance was the culmination of a year-long project inspired by the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing programme in partnership with United Learning, English Pocket Opera Company and The Voices Foundation.