Sixth form students have a wide range of opportunities to develop their skills outside the classroom.
An enrichment programme includes electives such as: community service, sports leaders awards, debating, Duke of Edinburgh scheme, film club, individual and team sports, music and drama, peer mentoring, work experience, Oxbridge and Russell group programs and a very popular House competition.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the World Challenge are two of our prime trips.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
In the Sixth Form students are able to work towards their Silver Award. There are 35 places on the Silver Award. Priority is given to those students that have already completed their Bronze Award but each year there are a small number of students who do the Silver Award who have not done Bronze Level. The expeditions take place in the Summer Term of yr12 to the Peak District with 3 days walking and 2 nights camping and then the Qualifying expedition is in the Autumn term of Yr13 in the Yorkshire Dales. The expeditions are run in school and training takes place in lunchtime or after school sessions and the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections the students complete in their own time.
In Year 13 a small number of students go on to do the Gold Award if they have completed their Bronze and Silver Awards. Expeditions for this take place during the Easter Holidays and over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Both expeditions are in the Lake District. They are 4 day, 3 night expeditions.
For a few years now we have worked with World Challenge to offer challenging overseas expeditions to students. In Summer 2017 a group of 16 students travelled to Sri Lanka for two weeks. During this time they spent a number of days trekking, 3 days in a local school just outside of Kandy on a community project as well as gaining other cultural experiences.
At Easter 2019 a group of students will be travelling to Morocco for a week to trek in the Atlas Mountains. This will be a physically challenging expedition but also with the opportunity to experience the culture of the country en route through some of the local villages and they will also get to spend a day in Marrakesh at the end of the expedition before flying home.
Students are expected to work as a team throughout the trip and in the build up to the trip in terms of fundraising for it. The team who went to Sri Lanka put on 2 themed Balls at a local hotel, bag packed and did numerous other fundraising activities which helped them work together as a team and to raise funds.
Year 12 Skills Enrichment Programme
In an increasingly competitive employment market, employers are seeking skills which reach beyond the academic curriculum. Our enrichment programme, scheduled for Wednesday afternoons throughout year 12, gives student access to a range of activities which will allow them to develop these skills. The full programme for 2018 is in the process of being finalised, but the activities on offer could include:
- Young Enterprise
- Share trading
- First Aid
- Financial management
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Peer mentoring
- Community Volunteering
In addition to these activities, students will also be able to sign up for a careers enrichment package. These packages will be tailored to career pathways such as healthcare and finance. Each package will include guest speakers and presenters who will give an insight into working in their particular field, giving students a clear idea of what to expect. There will also be the opportunity to develop skills required to be successful in applying to, and working in, their chosen field.