For many students the highlight of Year 7 is Curriculum Development Week in July, when they spend three nights under canvas in the Ashdown Forest. Year 7 Camp is one of those experiences that sticks with students and is often referenced when recalling their best times in the School. A range of outdoor and adventurous activities such as archery, climbing, pot holing and air rifles provide the excitement and challenge at the end of a packed first year.
“… an experience like nothing I had done before or probably will do again!”
In Year 8, Languages Immersion takes centre stage. Recently, students have had the opportunity to spend time in Barcelona and Perpignan, honing their Spanish and French skills among native speakers. As well as being a linguistic challenge, students experienced some of the culture of another European nation.
“…more than an opportunity to speak Spanish, we also got to see the Nou Camp football stadium and spend some time on the beach.”
Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to take part in a University Taster Course, to give them an insight into university life, attending lectures, learning how to management budgets and experiencing an overnight stay in Halls of Residence.
Year 10 students are ‘buddied up’ with local primary school pupils to provide role models.
“I can only hope that our buddies also took something positive away from this; even if we made the smallest difference to their lives it would have been worth every minute!”
Duke of Edinburgh
KS4 students can participate in the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. A huge number of our students have been successful in achieving their Awards.
Rona Sailing Trip
For several years, Year 9 students have benefited from taking part on a Rona Sailing Trip – the aim is to provide opportunities for young people to acquire those attributes of a seaman, namely: a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and teamwork which will help them throughout their lives.
“The entire voyage was truly life changing for all of us. We all learned something new, and all grew as individuals and as a team.”
“I think that if I did not go on this trip then I never would have gone sailing. However, now I would consider going with my family as I had a very enjoyable time and I learnt skills I would not have learnt elsewhere.”
Curriculum Enrichment for the Sixth Form consists of a range of activities and workshops to develop our students’ interpersonal and leadership skills, to prepare them for life beyond the Sixth Form and to open their eyes to new opportunities.
The Challenge of Management is a two day activity led by volunteers from the business world. Students work in groups with their facilitator to complete a range of tasks designed not only to be fun but to create opportunities for leadership. Students will finish the two days with a greater understanding of their own skills and what they can bring to a team.
The Stock Market Challenge activity brings Year 12 together to mimic a week on the trading floor, buying and selling shares and currencies. Students have to get to grips quickly with the fast pace and with receiving new information. Students are assigned roles within the teams in a bid to make the greatest profit by the end of the day. The winning team will be audited and can only be successful if they have complete and accurate records of all the trades they completed.
The UCAS and Personal Statement Workshops run for a half day to get students thinking about the process of applying to university and what they need to be doing to put together a strong personal statement. Students aspiring for courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary or entry to Oxford and Cambridge are given specialist sessions.
Freaky Friday consists of a wide range of activities that students may not have experienced before. The aim is for students to sign up to try something new; with options ranging from Canoeing to Guitar, Yoga to American Football.