The African-Caribbean Network for Science and Technology runs the club to support black children in the community. It operates after school and on Saturday mornings, offering tutorials, practical investigations, educational trips and careers advice.
Sade, 12, is in Year 8 and goes to the club twice a week. "The teachers here can listen to us more," she says. "School is more difficult for black kids, because they don't get enough attention. It's a bit the same for the Asian kids, but not as bad. All my teachers are white - I'm the only black child in my class; I sit in the corner on my own."
The service is run for children aged 9 to 19, but parents also have space on the timetable. "We provide education awareness training for black parents," says Liz Rasekoala, the network's spokeswoman. "A lot of them are ignorant about the education system and need to know more to support their children properly."Reuse content