Enrichment

Success in life comes from more than just exams so all students are encouraged to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom to develop new skills and broaden their outlook on life.

Our diverse Enrichment Programme supports our academic curriculum and forms an integral part of the wider education and college experience offered to our students. Our vision is to create all-rounded students, who excel academically and develop their emotional, interpersonal and social skills.

Students involve themselves in a range of sports including football, basketball, table tennis and badminton, as well as having access to exercise and fitness facilities.

Other activities include yoga; international film; creative writing; photography; crafting and debating.

Our British Sign Language course offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively with Deaf people. Sign language offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively with Deaf people and to give them additional skills as they aspire to secure places on the most competitive degree courses at top universities. They also gain an insight into experiencing what those living a silent life go through as well as increasing their awareness of Deaf People, their community and to aide and encourage students to interact with Deaf people. The course is run by local company Interpreting Solutions.

It covers a range of different topics that the students could use in everyday conversation including; greetings, family, weather, food and drink, education and hobbies and interests.

As well as being taught sign language each session contained an interactive element such as a fingerspelling game, two way conversations, friendly competitions, and finally a Deaf Quiz and a test to assess receptive skills and understanding whilst building the students confidence in British Sign Language.

The music group welcomes all who are interested in singing and playing instruments. The students practice each week and regularly perform at college events and assemblies.

The college participates in national award initiatives including the Bank of England Project and the British Mathematical Olympiad, and also arranges a number of fundraising activities and events in support of local charities.

Students taking part in the engineering club undertake a range of projects designed to improve their skills in this area. Recent projects have included designing a hovercraft powered by a leaf blower, a radio controlled car driven by computer Bluetooth and the designing and building of an electric skateboard. The students are currently constructing an electric car that they plan to race in competitions.

All departments offer educational visits to enhance the curriculum. These can include residential visits and trips to the theatre, museums, galleries and to local universities.

Links with a number of local businesses have been built up to give students a flavour of what different sectors can offer and the skills they are looking for in candidates. Interactive workshops and voluntary work placements have all contributed to this.

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