Copthall and Mill Hill Schools Partnership

Copthal Partnership Insta Post

Copthall School boasts a unique cross-sector partnership with our neighbouring independent school, Mill Hill

Our Partnership with Mill Hill Independent School

Copthal Partnership Insta PostThe Copthall and Mill Hill Schools Partnership was formally established in 2018 with the view to enabling our staff and students to develop:

  • Improved academic results
  • An enriched educational experience beyond the curriculum
  • Professional development opportunities
    • Opportunities to engage with a community larger than that contained in the schools’  own walls

Since formalising our partnership both schools have already seen the benefits of collaboration which offers sustainable and continuous positive output for staff and students. Across schools we regularly:

  • Share Governance and leadership skills and expertise
  • Share Staff knowledge, expertise and resources to improve subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • Share facilities to enrich the educational experiences of our students

As our partnership continues to go from strength to strength our priorities for the next two academic years are to:

  • Continue to develop and embed the activities already in place across the partnership
  • To collaboratively plan and run a cross partnership Mental Health and Well-being project which will include a Conference and follow up activities that are offered inside and outside of the schools’ curriculum.
  • To forge closer links with key curriculum areas such as PE, Drama, Music and STEM to continue to offer students from across the partnership a range of culturally enriching experiences. 
  • To continue to reflect on evaluate the impact of the partnership to ensure that the benefits for both schools continue to be substantial and sustained in the long term.

Both Schools believe in the strength of our partnership and that by working collaboratively we can improve lives of all our students #bettertogether

Shared Philosophy

Copthall School and Mill Hill School Foundation share a morally centred educational philosophy that every student should be supported to thrive. Both schools’ values and vision statements re-affirm these shared beliefs.

Mill Hill:

 “… all our pupils are equipped to thrive in life, now and in the future…”

“To provide excellence in education”


“… a passion for learning so that every student progresses and thrives.”

“Excellent education for all”

Current benefits for Copthall Students:

  • Combined Cadet Force
  • Support with the completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Access to facilities including:
    • Swimming pool
    • Playing field / pitches
    • Technology Suite
    • Music Studios

Shared Careers programmes made available by both schools includes:

  • University lectures
  • Visits from guest speakers
  • Careers Fair
  • Professional networking events
  • Oxbridge and Russell Group University programmes

Current benefits for Mill Hill Students:

  • Access to STEM scholar workshops hosted and delivered by Copthall
  • Access to vocational subjects and additional curriculum opportunities, e.g. Hair and Beauty, Dance
  • Participation in external projects run by Franklin Scholars and English National Ballet

Cross-Partnership Careers Support

Across the two schools, we have a shared Careers programme to support students in making the next step in their education. The programme includes:

  • University lectures
  • Visits from guest speakers
  • Careers Fair
  • Professional networking events
  • Oxbridge and Russell Group University programmes


Copthall and Mill Hill Schools Partnership Mental Health and Well-being Project which is being supported by funding from the DfE as part of their drive to support cross-sector partnerships. 

Our Partnership with Salesforce

SalesforceWe have a really exciting collaboration with Salesforce, a global company who are the world’s number one Customer Relationship Management, specialist professional organisation.

The collaboration aims to:

  • expand opportunities for students to learn together
  • enhance careers information and guidance
  • provide opportunities for students to work on coding and app. building
  • enhance student reading opportunities

This partnership enables our students to benefit from practical experience in a business organisation and interact with a wide range of people from different career backgrounds.

In 2017-2018 we have visited Heron Tower and participated in a range of programmes:

  1. Decorum workshop with 15 students from Yr7-13 which involved 15 women who work for Salesforce, led by a charity called ‘Magic me’, which connect generations, through their intergenerational arts projects
  2. C.V. writing and Interview skills organised by the Brokerage for 10 of our Year 10 students, run by a city law firm in Canary Wharf.
  3. Two coding workshops for Computer Science students in Year 9 and Year 10

In 2018-19 we will be working with a Salesforce Literacy programme

English National Ballet

Download (1)Since 2009 Copthall has enjoyed a close partnership with the English National Ballet resulting in performances at The Peacock Theatre, The V&A, The Royal College of Music and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Each year twenty students from Year 8 to 10 have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer in preparation for the performance. Copthall is one of only four schools from the London area involved in this partnership.

Jack Petchey

Jack petcheyCopthall has been working with the Jack Petchey Foundation since 2005. The Foundation recognises the positive contributions young people make to society and assists them in achieving their potential. The Foundation is eager to help young people take advantage of opportunities, develop their full potential and play an active role in society. Copthall is involved in the Achievement Awards as well as the Speak Out Challenge, which provide our students with a wealth of opportunities to develop their impact and confidence.

Step into Dance

Download (2)Copthall works closely with Step into Dance which offers weekly dance classes after school. The students study Street Dance and have competed in ‘Step into Battle’ as well as performing at the Barnet Spring Sharing and the Step Live events on the Southbank and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Step into Dance works with schools from all over the London area and is part of the Royal Academy of Dance in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Teach First

Download 2Charity that develops and supports teachers and leaders.  Teach First help Copthall form partnerships with local, national and regional organisations.  This helps Copthall students access work experience opportunities which increases motivation to learn and succeed.



Zero Gravity

Download (4)Social Enterprise and Digital Platform which mentors state school students into Russell Group Universities.  Copthall students are supported by mentors from Russell Group universities to get into aspirational courses and universities.


Organisation led by a group of experienced professionals from some of the most competitive careers. Copthall students are provided with an immersive experience of careers through interactive simulations and networking sessions.

Medic Mentor

Download (5)Non-profit national medical organisation for applying students.  Copthall students can access funded places in medicine/dentistry, veterinary conferences and virtual work experience opportunities and get help towards university applications.