We consider enrichment activities to be critical to the development of every student as they prepare for their next step at university, an apprenticeship or employment. All subjects encourage subject enrichment to enable students to develop their passion for their chosen areas. This can include extra reading recommendations, journals, lectures and trips and visits. Outside of their studies, sixth form students enjoy substantial freedom and opportunities to participate in many extra-curricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Young Enterprise Scheme/ Dragon’s Apprentice. Each year, there is a large group of students taking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and at least one group undertaking enterprise activities. Both of these opportunities are highly successful in developing critical skills in leadership, team work and initiative and are invaluable in building confidence and experience for life after school.
We have highly successful senior sports teams in netball, basketball, rugby and football and a huge Arts offer for students to participate in.
Every other year, there is a sixth form expedition. In February 2015, students travelled to Costa Rica and in February 2017, another group ventured to Borneo. There are many other exciting curriculum based trips, with recent visits including San Francisco for computer science, Iceland in geography and CERN for STEM students.
We encourage students to participate in work experience to gain transferable skills and to gain experience if they are considering a particular vocation. We have some weekly placements on offer with local businesses, schools and other organisations or students can seek out their own placement if they wish and we can schedule this in their study sessions during school time if it is appropriate.