Form period in the afternoon is the main time in which we deliver enrichment activities to the whole year group. We have previously covered topics such as study skills, cooking on a student budget, communication skills and current affairs (including an on-going ‘Stocks and Shares Competition’ amongst the form groups). We also had several presentations from outside speakers including:
- Life as an undergraduate (from ex Year 13 students)
- How to choose a degree course (Edge Hill University)
- The benefits of Higher Education – (Bangor University)
- Applying for a Student Loan – (Student Finance England)
- A career in Law – (School Governor)
- Degree Apprenticeships (MMU)
The Sixth Form also organises several whole school charity events throughout the year. Previous events have included:
- Macmillan Coffee Morning in September
- ‘Pink’ Day ( in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness)
- Selling sweets to raise funds for the PEAS Project (Promoting Equality in African Schools)
- Annual Talent Show
- Mission Christmas
All students in Year 12 also help out in Prep on a weekly basis. In addition to following their three or four main academic subjects, students will be encouraged to develop their key skills through taking part in:
• Life Skills (a series of presentations in form time, delivered by outside speakers, tutors or group debates.) Life Skills will include topics such as Study Skills, Safe Driving, Personal Finance, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Environmental issues, Social Issues, Sexual Health and Communication Skills.
• Independent Learning Project – All students will be required to complete an Independent Learning project in the Spring term of Year 12. The students will need to think and work independently and to use a range of resources in order to complete their research. They will then present their findings (via a PowerPoint presentation) to an audience of their peers and adults from the local community) (Some students may decide to continue their research on a more formal basis and be entered for the AQA ‘Extended Project’ qualification in Year 13.
• Current Affairs – All students will be encouraged to take an active interest in current affairs and to develop an awareness of the world around them. This may take the form of a Sixth Form debate, a visit from the local MP or simply sitting down to read the daily newspapers in form time.
• Work Experience – Students are encouraged to secure at least one placement during the summer holidays, particularly if it relates to their chosen career and might therefore help with their UCAS application.
Extra-curricular activities, including getting involved in the life of the school as a whole, all provide opportunities for Initiative and Leadership and are an invaluable part of your time in the Sixth Form. Some ideas might include:
• Helping in the Prep. Department – (obligatory for all Year 12 students)
• Organising Fundraising and Charity Events
• Duke of Edinburgh Awards
• Organising the Talent Show
• Leading Assemblies
• Joining the Young Enterprise Scheme
• Taking part in ‘the Apprentice’ competition
• Helping with Clubs in Senior School (eg Debating Society)
• Helping at Open Day / Open Evening / Sports Day etc (obligatory)
• Running stall at PTA fairs
…..the options are endless!