All Year 12 students are given the opportunity, time and support to undertake community service either within school or out in the community. We believe this is a very worthwhile undertaking as students can:
- Make a difference to the lives of others
- Gain work experience
- Make new friends, meet interesting people
- Develop personal and social skills
- Enhance their CV / personal statement / reference
Students organise their own placements and ‘typical’ placements include working in a care home, primary school or charity shop and supporting pupils in lessons. Students also volunteer to be part of the charity committee. On average students spend one afternoon a week at their placement.
World Challenge was established in 1987 and since then students and teachers have benefited from a level of safety and service second to none, while the activities and amazing destinations guarantee an extraordinary adventure. Students face a series of mental and physical challenges, taking them outside their comfort zones and teaching them how to overcome adversity, cope with new environments and become more aware of both their strengths and weaknesses. Students participate by working as a team, taking responsibility, setting and meeting objectives and learning to become confident decision-makers. Students will learn to become more environmentally aware by exploring diverse landscapes, finding out about other cultures or discovering more about their own. They will gain a broader global perspective and a greater respect for the world.
An expedition usually takes two years to plan and save for and past expeditions have taken place in Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand at the end of the school year. The World Challenge experience is open to sixth formers and expeditions enable students to earn up to 70 UCAS points and an ASDAN Universities’ Award. The Duke of Edinburgh Award (the DofE) and World Challenge have formed a partnership which allows Challengers to accredit their expedition towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award, so you can see World Challenge really is a worthwhile thing to take part in alongside Sixth Form study.
Sixth Form Life Skills
All sixth-formers spend at least a part of their Friday mornings participating in our Life Skills Programme. This provides an opportunity for students to develop wider skills including team work, problem solving and project management. Visiting speakers, such local politicians and representatives from voluntary organisations also take part in the programme.