Sixth Form: Extra Curricular
Updated: Wed 23 Sep 2015
Sixth Form: Extra-Curricular Opportunities
We are proud to have staff that provides opportunities beyond the class room in order to promote the development of rounded students with skills that help them succeed both in and out of the classroom. We have listed below the range of activities that we offer to suit as many different students as possible and we are forever growing the list where we can.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is a recognised certificated award that encourages students to develop skills, knowledge and experiences that they otherwise may not think to pursue. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. We currently offer the Silver award to our students during the 6th form games afternoon.
Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity. It gives young people – from all backgrounds – the opportunity to realise their full potential through a range of practical enterprise programmes, from one day masterclasses to year-long projects. It empowers young people to learn, to work and to live making the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed.
After the recent success of our trip to Romania we are offering our next bigger, better and more challenging adventure to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2017. Students are able to fundraise, with support from the school, so they can access the experience of a lifetime. No other provider offers the depth of learning outcomes delivered by the World Challenge educational programme, the scale of safety and back-up, the number of destinations or the level of customer support for students and parents.
Sixth form Games
Every Wednesday afternoon is set aside specifically for our students to participate in a range of activities. We understand the link between fitness, well-being and studying so our pupils are given opportunity to unwind or compete through football, netball, aerobics, fitness, badminton and basketball.
Extended Project Qualification
Our EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. We also aim to develop referencing and other skills useful ahead of university studies which means that this programme is recognised by some universities during applications.
We actively encourage students to get involved in our school community, be role models and engage with the lower school. We have found ‘Link Work’ to be a massively successful, fulfilling and enjoyable role that our 6th form students can choose to participate in. Students are able to support classes or individual lower school students in areas of study they enjoy to pass on their enthusiasm and knowledge to younger students.
The rotary club is a national charitable organisation who raise money for a range of domestic and international causes. We are fortunate enough to have one of Reading Rotary Clubs youth branches, the interact club. Interact gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Clubs meet at least twice a month and are sponsored by their local Rotary club.
6th Form committee and Student Voice
Pupils are encouraged to participate in either the 6th form committee or the student voice committee, or both! These give the opportunity to take on roles such as chair, vice chair, treasurer and so on, to learn skills and processes that make for effective committee function. These skills are the foundation for leadership within the sixth form and the opportunity for our students to have their say in changes that happen within the school.
Run by students for students, this is a meeting of young minds keen to discuss current events. More than a just verbal or performance skill, debate embodies the ideals of reasoned argument, tolerance for often differing points of view and ultimately self-examination. Debate is a way for those who hold opposing views to discuss controversial issues without descending to insult, emotional appeals or personal bias.