Our curriculum offer extends beyond examination courses and academic study. We are proud of our commitment to offer all students a very supportive, purposeful and enriching learning programme. University admission officers and employers consistently remind us that they are looking for candidates with more than just academic qualifications and so we provide students with a diverse range of wider learning experiences.

    Careers & Life Skills Programme

    Students will receive timetabled support, advice and guidance through their Careers & Life Skills Programme. Delivered by specialist staff, students will have sessions providing a wealth of knowledge on areas relevant to employment and Higher Education. External speakers are a regular feature of this provision.

    Engineering Scheme

    Students complete an engineering project in conjunction with the Engineering Education Scheme. Several months are spent developing a project from conception to completion and working with a team of professionals. A residential is held at Birmingham University. The scheme provides a great opportunity to gain an insight into the engineering world and is valuable for those continuing on to University. Examples include working with Severn Trent Water to create an inspection probe for water tanks which was submitted for a national competition.

    Extended Project

    The Extended Project is a qualification which allows students to pursue research based projects in a range of subject areas. The qualification is equivalent in UCAS points to an AS Level, and is graded A* to E. Project work can be assessed in various formats including written portfolio, presentation, performance or use of artefacts. The Extended Project is well regarded by leading universities, which value the emphasis it places on the development of skills in analytic thought, independent learning, extended writing and presentation.

    Educational Trips and Visits

    Subject areas offer a range of educational trips and visits. Recent trips have included History trips to Germany and Poland; Biology students spending a week in Somerset; Geography field study in Scarborough; Art trips to London and theatre trips for English.

    Peer Mentoring

    We provide the opportunity for students to work alongside teachers in mentoring younger students and supporting their learning.  Students develop interpersonal skills and learn the basic competencies involved in working with children.

    Sport & Leisure

    Timetabled provision enables Sixth Form students to access our broad range of sports facilities. Specialist staff will deliver a variety of different leisure activities and coordinate a programme of competitive sports fixtures.

    Student Leadership – Senior Student Team

    Our Senior Student Team is a group of elected Sixth Form students lead by our Head Boy and Girl, who have the opportunity to develop and coordinate a variety of activities both within the school environment and the wider community. The team works with senior management, governors and others, representing the school at a number of events, raising money for various charities and supporting younger students.

    Young Enterprise

    The UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. Students on the YE programme will make the connection between school and the world of work, working alongside professionals from a wide variety of industries.

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