The extended services provided by Gospel Oak School By 2010, the government wants to see all schools providing an additional range of extended services, including on-site child care from 8am to 6pm, outings, parenting support, study support, referrals and community use of schools.
At Gospel Oak School, a primary school in north London, there’s already an amazing array of clubs, from an Albanian language club to gardening and cookery. They’re all provided free of charge. There’s also an after-school club, run by Camden Council’s Play Service, which makes a small charge. This programme explores what’s on offer at the school. School Manager Susy Penney discusses how it’s all funded, and the hard work involved in ensuring everything is sustainable. Headteacher Alan Seymour explains his conviction that the wealth of provision must be child-focussed fun that will underpin better learning, never just a response to a government policy.