The Homework Club is our Hero Project for Engaging the Next Generation.

Research has shown many young people in the area don’t have a quiet place at home to study. In response to this, in April 2016, we launched an innovative pilot scheme working with Eurostar to provide young people from Maria Fidelis Sixth Form with an inspiring place to do their homework after school. The pilot was a huge success and expanded in September 2016 with Grant Thornton joining the programme and becoming a host.

In September 2017, we expanded the programme again to offer not just a quiet place but also individual tuition in a range of subjects including French, History, Maths and Physics as well as dedicated masterclasses run by local businesses.

Some host businesses also give short presentations at the start of the study session, so the students can learn more about the company, the career opportunities available as well as the specific skills required to work there.

Currently the programme, which engages with over 50 students a week, runs as follows:

Day: Tuesday
Host: Virgin Trains East Coast
Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Activity: Quiet Space for students to study

Day: Wednesday
Host: Google and The Guardian
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Activity: Masterclass Programme which sees students learn Digital Skills with Google’s Deep Mind team and Critical Analysis Skills with The Guardian team.

Day: Thursday
Host: Eurostar
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Activity: Quiet Space for students to study and individual tuition


If you would like to know more about the Homework Clubs, please contact us on [email protected].