Sir John Staples Society

The Governors have established the Sir John Staples Society in the Federation.

The aim of the Society is to create a body across the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools for those students aged 14-18.  Its function is to foster amongst the students an interest in the arts, music, commerce, politics, religion and science by facilitating events such as talks, cultural events, debates, discussions, visits etc. It will act to develop social mobility by providing opportunities and access which will be developed through the Federation’s outreach to Russell Group Universities. We will increase the number of ‘disadvantaged pupils’ (DfE Categorisation) gaining places in such Universities. Governors are anxious that it builds on the excellent good work done in schools in musicianship, debating, performance, public speaking and media production.

Young students will be involved in introducing and meeting guest speakers and performers, and in reporting and publicising events, and participating in the activities themselves.  This will help in the development of the students’ social skills and confidence as well as socially and spiritually enriching them. An intended outcome is that the Society will play a part in helping students secure future employment and in enhancing university and further/higher education opportunities. 

It has attracted high profile Patrons:

  • Professor Mark D'Inverno - Pro-Warden of Goldsmiths, one of Europe's leading computer scientists and a renowned jazz pianist
  • Melly Still - Theatre Director who recently directed Cymbeline at the RSC in Stratford and Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne, as well as shows at the National Theatre
  • Margaret Casely-Hayford - recently voted Black Business Person of the year, a lawyer and (amongst other things) a non-exec of the NHS
  • Vicky Foxcroft MP - Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford
  • His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of London (the senior judge at the Old Bailey)

The first event is on the day of the Leathersellers’ Court Visitation Tuesday 28th February. The first speaker is David, Lord Blunkett. He will be speaking to students and others at 4.00pm in the Mural Hall, Prendergast School.

David Blunkett Bio

Posted on 5th January 2017