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We firmly believe that all students should have the opportunity to further their learning and skills as part of their programme of study. We have developed a wide range of enrichment opportunities that promote academic excellence, leadership and independence.

  • Extended Project Qualification is a single piece of work chosen by the student that demonstrates evidence of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students can undertake a project on a topic of their own choosing, which may or may not be linked to their A-level subjects. This will develop their research and independent learning skills, which are essential for students progressing to higher education or employment. With this qualification you can receive up to 70 additional UCAS points.

    Contact: Susan Edwards Mckie

  • Gold Arts Award aims is to develop your creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills through artistic expression. You will plan your work with an adviser and create your own Arts Award portfolio in your own style: a diary, video, website blog – or something completely different. With this qualification you can achieve 35 additional UCAS points

    Contact: Nicola Grant or Steve Murphy

  • Higher Sports Leadership Certificate is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful students to lead unsupervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities. The qualification develops leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification open to all students on all curriculum pathways. With this qualification you can achieve 35 additional UCAS points.

    Contact: Leanne Sansby

  • Young Enterprise is for the business minded. Students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. You and your partners make all the decisions about your company, from raising the initial share capital through to designing your product or service to selling directly to customers and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to the team.

    Contact: Karl Allen or Alison Sykes

  • World Challenge Expedition is a global citizenship programme that enables you to travel to some of the most exotic and demanding places on Earth. The challenge starts long before the date of departure, with planning, team building, fitness training and fundraising being important aspects of the preparations. The actual expedition is made up of four further phases: Acclimatisation, Trekking, Project and Rest & Relaxation.

    Contact: Tony Cook or Simon Gray

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a varied programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone in sixth form. DofE Awards are held in high esteem by universities and employers, and being challenging and rewarding to complete, they support the development of transferable skills in young people. Awards are entirely voluntary, fun, and are non-competitive.

    Contact: Tony Cook or Simon Gray

  • Work experience opportunities with local employers, including BGL Group and Athene Communications.

  • Volunteering and community work are great ways to practice project management, leadership and teamwork – and can be great fun too.

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