Giving back: Extending beyond the sixth form curriculum
We view being part of the sixth form as a privilege and with the rights we give our students comes responsibility. Becoming a well-rounded human being, with sensitivity, understanding, compassion and an ability to serve others is important to us. It also assists our students with time management, as they balance their different commitments. Below are some of the ways we expect our students to give back beyond the sixth form.
All students commit an hour per week to help others within school. This could be running a club of some kind, like PE or Drama, doing a break duty, supporting a class of younger students in their favourite subject, helping in the library, doing displays, or anything else they have an idea for.
Once a week all students support a form tutor lower down the school; Year 12s go to Year 7 and 8 and help with target setting; Year 13s go to Year 9, 10 and 11 and support with homework, revision, mentoring, options and progression.
Every Friday period 5, all students are expected to participate in core physical education activities. With a range of staff available, students lead the activities and have the option to choose from a range of sports or physical activities including football at our Goals facility, basketball, tennis, netball, gym or even going for a walk!
As part of the wider curriculum, all sixth form students have a fortnightly personal development lesson. These sessions cover a wide range of topics and have seen numerous keynote speakers from local politicians, business owners and charities. Sessions already booked for the 2023-24 personal development cycle include:
- Blood, Organ and Stem Cell donation
- Holocaust Memorial Day – A talk from a Holocaust Survivor
- Drive Safe – 2Fast2Soon
- Sexual Health Nurses – Understanding sexual health and safe sex
- Counselling support – What our school has to offer and signposting available support
- Local business owner ‘The Good Loaf’ for International Women’s Day
- University of Coventry – Student Finance
- Northampton Guardians – How to be safe on a night out
- ‘My Great First Job’ Dale Willis – Personal Branding: Understanding how to sell yourself in an application/personal statement
Lunch and Learns
Following on from our successful business breakfasts from last year, this year sees the introduction of lunch and learns. Numerous employers from a range of industries will meet with interested students to discuss their careers. Previous careers have included:
- Mental Health Nurse (NHS)