There is currently a range of enrichment opportunities for students in the Sixth Form; these are academic, vocational, sporting and social. Enrichment enhances learning, helps develop a range of skills and encourages active participation in the Sixth Form community. Some activities are designed to help students who are struggling with stress or mental health issues. Both staff and other students run sessions and there are different options throughout the academic year. Below is an indicative programme, depending on availability of students or staff to run sessions. It will change regularly.
Selection of activities available in Spring Term 2019:
- EPQ - Extended project qualification (OCR). Equivalent to half an A-Level on the UCAS tariff, and viewed positively by many universities. Students complete an independent research project with mentor support
- Young Enterprise - developing skills such as organisation, communication, resilience and teamwork
- Debate club – a student-led club with lively discussion of a wide range of topics
- Sport – a wide range of opportunities to take part in sport are available
- Learning Sign Language – sessions on developing this useful life skill
- Origami – developing skills in thinking, problem-solving as well as patience and perseverance
- Up to 5k beginners' running club - build up your running to 5k
- Ceroc - a mixture of swing / modern jive dance
Every two years we offer our students the opportunity to take part in a significant overseas expedition. In 2018 we took a group to South Africa were they worked with scientists collecting data and conducting environmental research in the forest, as well as completing a PADI diving qualification and surveyed the sea bed. This is a challenging and rewarding experience that helps to develop important life skills we are intenting to repeat this trip in 2020. As well as being personally enriching, this experience is superb for the students’ CV or university application.
In the Sixth Form, we offer a range of enrichment opportunities organised for or by the Sixth Form team of students. The students play a major role in the organisation of enrichment activities. All Year 12 students must complete at least 30 hours’ Work Experience as part of their Study Programme.
At Edgbarrow Sixth Form we encourage students to aim for Oxbridge and other elite universities. We help them to gain as much experience as possible, to raise students’ aspirations. Last year, two students went to Cambridge, three went to medical school and one started on a veterinary science course.