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SHINE Merton

The Diana Award for volunteering, Mia Ciano




The most recent academic results from SHINE on Saturday at Merton:


We are yet to receive and analyse academic results for Shine pupils.

Unfortunately we weren't able to measure academic impact in the past year or so due to Covid.




Infographics data:


1000 families involved

500 children received additional study support

40 children received art and play therapy

50 parents participated in family and adult learning sessions

500 teaching staff professional development sessions

Over 50 active partnerships


200 hours of extra study support

90 hrs of art and play therapy

Over 1000 hours of staff professional development

20 hours of extra adult learning


16 approved grants

160k, additional income raised

10k, in-kind contributions

Pupil Quotes:


'SHINE Merton is a fantastic Saturday school and I love it; making friends is really easy as I usually struggle with that at my school'


'All the activities are FUN and there is nothing I want to change' 


'There is nothing else I would rather do on Saturdays'




Parent Quotes:


'Shine has encouraged both my son and daughter to be more independent, make new friends, and be more confident' 


'I love seeing my daughter's smile when I pick her up from Shine and her telling me how great her day was'


'My daughter has grown in confidence, self-esteem and is now socializing more. She would love to be a Peer Mentor'




Partner Quotes:


'The partnership with SHINE and Mitcham Town Community Trust is a fantastic example of how Clarion Futures Communities, working in partnership with professional and passionate local providers, can deliver on its ambition to support our young people make a better start in life. Working with Mitcham Town Community Trust in this way enables us to partner with 9 primary schools in Merton that we know our young people attend. It is great to know that our investment will ensure positive outcomes for these young people, not only in terms of educational attainment, but also by boosting confidence and self-belief.' 

John Horwood Neighbourhood Investment Officer (London South incl. Merton, Sutton, Kingston & Croydon) 
Clarion Futures Communities   



'WCTT values our working relationship with SHINE. We have collaborated together on small and medium scale arts projects since 2012 and they are thoroughly professional, efficiently run and absolutely committed to improving educational opportunities for young people in Merton. Their approach to accelerated learned is innovative, creative and of proven efficacy. Most importantly, the young people clearly enjoy their learning at SHINE.' 

Andy Alty, Creative Learning Manager Wimbledon Theatre Civic Trust



'Fulham FC Foundation works with SHINE to deliver the Double Club programme, funded by Clarion Housing. The programme provides extracurricular literacy support for young people that are identified as under achieving academically and/or in need of additional literacy support to better prepare them for the transition to high school. The literacy support is delivered through the medium of football & multi-sports.

SHINE's professional approach to delivering the programme ensures the young people gain the best possible outcomes from being part of Double Club. Young people benefit from the high quality teaching and the feedback from all the participants is all highly positive.Fulham FC Foundation would like to thank SHINE for their commitment to working in partnership on the Double Club programme.' 

Tom Lyons Sports and Inclusion Manager Fulham FC Foundation

‘Shine Project is a wonderful local initiative for disadvantaged young people. It provides much needed opportunity for early development, nurture and talent discovery. I am delighted to be able to give back by teaching photography to such a delightful group of young people and with support from enthusiastic educators’ 

Cindy Sasha, photographer and activist for Vivienne Westwood


‘Mitcham Town Community Trust is the most proactive group of schools in Merton. Thanks to their cooperative spirit they were able to make a big difference to Canons re-development and create fun and exciting places and art for everyone to enjoy’.

Amy Keen Canons Heritage Community Officer

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