Make it Fun
The focus of Year 12 is on ‘Leadership’ opportunities.
Why? In this day and age, you need more than just academic grades to progress, whether applying for a job, apprenticeship or university. The programme is designed to develop, not just your leadership skills, but also lots of other qualities that potential employers and universities are looking for.
When? The Leadership Programme takes place at various times during the year.
What? Below is the programme for 2017-2018
- October – The Alchemist Foundation – Spa
- December – Coventry University
- March – Drive Alive
- July – Progression Day/Meet your UCAS mentor/Personal Statement writing
In addition to the above you will need to sign up for one of the following courses:
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Teachers for the Future (T4tF)
- MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
- PEP – Extended Project Qualification
- Life Centre Visit
Work experience opportunities:
- KS4 mentoring
- KS4 tutor group support
- KS3/4 classroom support
- Year 9 SAIL curriculum coach
- Extra-curricular club and activities support
- Self-supported work experience
Fitness and Sport opportunities:
- Sports teams practices and matches
- Fitness suite – open every day
Enrichment is viewed as a compulsory part of your overall Sixth Form Programme and is monitored through attendance like any other lesson.
It is hoped that by participating in the Enrichment Programme, you will leave the College with a much more ‘rounded’ education and experiences that will help you in the future.
The Enrichment Programme will be explained to you during the first weeks in September, after which you will be able to make your choice and sign up.
Higher Education Days, UCAS & Careers Advice
Help, support and advice are available for students throughout the UCAS registration process for applying to higher education. We also arrange a visit to a UCAS conference so that you can find out more about university life and the full range of subjects available. A comprehensive range of resources are available to students wanting to research careers, higher education and gap year options, in the Learning Centre.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
All Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award or beyond. Since it began in 1956, the scheme has aimed to help young people plan and undertake different activities to develop them mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It aims to provide young people with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development of the highest quality and the widest reach. There are three levels to the award – bronze, silver and gold. Each level has four specific areas – service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. Some of the benefits to young people include:
- Developing self-confidence and self-reliance
- Gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility
- Discovering new skills, interests and talents
- Developing leadership skills and abilities.
Get involved in music! We have a range of ensembles to choose from… jazz, soul, wind and rock. All perform live and compete in competitions such as the Eskdale Music Festival. We have a thriving French-Music Exchange where our students visit France to indulge in a playing fest! We reciprocate the visit, and, last year, the French concert played in a packed College hall, with a mix of rock, ballad and folk. The College Choir is popular with both boys and girls. Everyone is welcome to join – just come along!
The Driving Standards Agency visits the College to help students to prepare for their driving tests and increase awareness of road safety. We also organise, through North Yorkshire County Council, a set of workshops showing the effects of road accidents and the roles of the public services they affect, such as the Fire Brigade, Police and Ambulance services. It’s a powerful workshop which carries a hard-hitting message.
Bi-Annual Ski Trip
Students of all year groups have the opportunity to go on a ski trip whilst at the College.
Fancy getting involved with raising money for charity? Sixth Form students have helped to generate significant sums of money through a range of fund raising activities at the College. Some interesting fancy dress costumes, coupled with jangling buckets usually dominates the proceedings! Last year, Sixth Form students helped to raise over £4000 for charities including: Children in Need, Shoe Box Appeal, Help for Heroes, and many more. Ideas can also be put forward through the Student Leadership Team.
The Sixth Form has many different sports teams, and students regularly partake in competitions for sports including: netball, football, hockey, cricket, rugby, rounders and tennis. The College also has regular fixtures against local teams.
There are several day trips and residential trips available to Sixth Form students, ranging from outings to art galleries and sculpture parks to geography field trips, a tour of the amazing art galleries in Paris, a musical exchange to France, and a trip to Auschwitz to gain a better understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust.