Sixth Form Enrichment
While the focus for all our students is firmly on their academic studies, it is our wider aim that our students develop broader life-long skills through our enrichment programme. This gives students valuable applied experiences, enhances confidence and helps our students to become responsible and outward facing young adults who make a positive difference to the communities around them. Our wide ranging enrichment programme also provides valuable practical experiences that students can draw on when writing their personal statements for university applications, and building their CV to apply for training or employment.
It is an expectation that all students in the Sixth Form participate in at least two hours of active community service per week. The nature of this community service can take many forms to suit the interests of the individual student and the needs of the school and wider community, for example:
- volunteering in local community groups (e.g. cadets, guides, cubs)
- working at St Nicholas School (neighbouring special school)
- voluntary work in health care settings such as Chippenham Hospital and the RUH
- Community Sports Ambassador programme
- refereeing in sports events in local leagues and school fixtures
- coaching sport at local clubs and our various school teams
- supporting Key Stage 3 lessons
- one to one mentoring of Year 10 pupils
- supporting Year 7 pupils on the improving reading scheme
- supervising the Year 7 residential trip to Liddington
- helping the work of the school Green Team
Many of the community service activities help to develop leadership skills. In addition, there is the opportunity for students to apply to be Head Students or a member of the Student Leadership Team, which currently consists of roles with responsibility for whole school teaching and learning, events and charity and pupil and student voice. This empowers our students to be involved in matters relating to student life both in the Sixth Form and lower school. The Student Leadership Team also regularly represent the school on formal occasions such as open days, remembrance services and awards evenings. Furthermore, some of our Sixth Form students are closely involved in the work of the School Syndicate, a group of pupils and students who meet regularly to contribute to school development.
All of our Year 12 students participate in a work experience programme which includes a week long work placement at the end of the summer term. Students are supported in finding suitable placements which will provide valuable experience linked to their future aspirations. Work experience placements last summer included: working at the House of Commons, shadowing Michelle Donovan (MP), Bechtle (IT firm), Siemens, M&W, Network Rail, Wansborough’s Solicitors, various departments in Great Western Hospital and the Egg Theatre.