On Saturday mornings for up to 30 weeks a year, 13-16 year olds around the country head to their local college, university or museum to learn new techniques, handle new materials and develop new skills as part of our nationally-recognised network of Saturday Clubs.
I’m amazed to see what my daughter has done. I can’t put it into words. I’m so proud.”Parent of Club member at Bradford College
National Saturday Clubs run in over 50 locations across the UK and cover Art & Design (since 2009), Science & Engineering (since 2015), Fashion & Business (since 2016) and Writing and Talking (new for 2016).
How it works
Tutors put together an inspirational year-long programme of activities using the specialist facilities that universities and colleges have. The emphasis is on exploration and discovery, broadening members’ horizons and firing their imaginations. Parents and teachers frequently report that attendance leads to improved motivation and attitude back at school.
Each Club is designed and run locally and the sessions range widely. Tutors share their expertise across a range of disciplines, often drawing on their own experience in industry and inviting guest tutors from the sector.
As well as the 30 Saturday classes, Club members have a London Visit to museums, workplaces and other organisations, and exhibit their work in the Summer Show at London’s Somerset House. They also attend a Masterclass with leading professionals, giving them unique insights into areas of work and study that they might consider in the future.
National Saturday Clubs benefit young people in many ways, including:
Raising attainment – 80% of Club members achieve at least one grade higher than expected at GCSE in related subjects.
Leading to progression – 30% go on to foundation, diploma or undergraduate study.
Creating aspiration – by the end of the year, 70% want to pursue a careers in an industry they’ve had a taster of in the Club.
Enhancing life skills – as well as nurturing their developing talents, taking part also improves members’ confidence and self-esteem and builds their time management, team work and communications skills.
This is the best thing I’ve ever done!”Club member at Richard Slee’s Masterclass at the National Glass Centre