The excellent work that King’s College School leads,with seven partner ] schools, is a great example of the strong partnerships that exist between many independent and state schools. It means students and teachers from both sectors learn from each other- and it is extremely beneficial all round.”
For those whose association with KCS is too recent to know Heather, I will just tell you she was the school’s equivalent of a national treasure: not a single person has ever had a bad word to say of her, and every person will have had their personal memories of times when Heather made a positive impact on their life.”
As a former pupil of a Merton State school I benefitted greatly as a participant in the Aspirations Project, a three-year programme of excursions, lectures, mentoring and master classes for pupils. The partnership gave me opportunities and experiences I wouldn't otherwise have had. Whether it be learning Ancient Greek or trips to the National Theatre, the projects opened my eyes to possibilities and gave me confidence to pursue my goals. As a first-generation university student I have now graduated with a First Class Honours degree and intend to pursue post-graduate medicine. I am very grateful and look back fondly at the memories I have of Heather and other leaders of the programme.
My daughter benefited greatly from the Wimbledon Independent-State Schools Partnership programme as it inspired her to do her best and feel like anything is possible with hard work and determination. It was lovely to see her look forward to the different activities offered on the project and come home with a sense of achievement and stories from the day. Thank you, I know this has made a huge difference to her life and choices she has made. "Heathers charity" will enable other children to similarly benefit from the programme and I wish the HMCK charity every success
The Coombe Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust in South West London comprising Coombe Boys' School, Coombe Girls' School, Knollmead Primary School and Green Lane Primary & Nursery School. We value each school’s individuality whilst ensuring that the principles of the Trust’s overarching vision are evident in their ethos, values, practice and permeate all aspects of school life. We are committed to ensuring outstanding leadership at all levels underpinned by well-understood core values and bespoke professional development for all members of the schools’ communities in an environment where success is recognised and celebrated. We welcome working with The HMCK Charity to provide support for additional co-curricular opportunities for our students and staff in memory of Heather McKissack, an inspirational educator and advocate for the achievement of their aspirational goals.