Enrichment studies have been designed to broaden a student's Post 16 experience These will be timetabled in Grid A, i.e. Friday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Courses in this block are generally taught over one academic year. Students have the choice whether to undertake an enrichment study or not. However, if they do choose to study one of these courses then exactly the same criteria apply to them as to any other subject i.e. the expectation that there will be full attendance and homework assignments completed as appropriate.
Range of enrichment studies offered change according to student interest and staffing. Classes that do not recruit sufficient students do not run.
Ancient Greek GCSE
GCSE Classical Greek is a two year course now available to keen Year 12 students. It will be taught from 4-5 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 26. It's a great opportunity to learn an ancient language fundamental to western literature and civilisation and looks brilliant on a UCAS form.
These workshops are open to all instrumentalists and singers. Some basic ability is required as there won't be time for individual tuition. The sessions run on Wednesday lunchtimes as a sixth form enrichment activity. They focus on developing the various skills required for playing effectively in a band performance and how to rehearse. Students organise themselves into bands according to their musical interests. There will be opportunities for groups to compose and perform their own work and there are regular concerts.
This is an intermediate ensemble; members are usually grade 4 standard and above. The group is open to woodwind, brass, drum kit, guitarists, pianists and electric/double bass players.
Learn techniques such as coiling, slabbing, throwing and modelling to make pottery and sculpture out of clay. This is a creative and relaxing enrichment that is suitable for all from beginners to more experienced makers – whether you dropped art years ago, did GCSE then stopped or are doing A level and want to add to your portfolio, this could be the enrichment to let your creativity out.
This choir is open to all Year 12/13 students. You will sing sacred and secular choral music from different eras. If you enjoy singing, come along!
Could you be a future novelist or poet - the next Jane Austen or Charles Dickens perhaps. Many students who love literature and study it for 'A' level miss the opportunities for creative writing that they enoyed from Year 7 to 11 - so come to this enrichment if you want to continue to express yourself in writing. This enrichment will begin in the Spring Term so you can attend a different Enrichment during the Autumn Term if you wish.
Are you interested in learning the art of public speaking, in presenting a case clearly and cogently? Debating is an effective way of finding your public voice.
This has a useful, practical impact: if you can express yourself orally there’s a good chance that you will be able to do it on paper too. At the same time, it’s an enjoyable activity: thinking on your feet is more important than writing a speech!
We work hard at developing skills during weekly sessions, and there are plenty of opportunities to put these skills into practice in school debates and in the competitions which we enter: Cambridge and Oxford Schools’, Debate Mate and the Institute of Ideas.
Students can be involved both on stage and behind the scenes, in the Sixth Form Autumn Drama Play. The sessions will complement Drama and Theatre Studies A Level work but are also an excellent way to pursue an interest in theatre and acting for students, whether or not they have selected this A Level.
We aim to produce two sixth form productions during the year; a musical and a play. These productions are often selected to support English, Classics or Theatre Studies specifications.
In December this year the Sixth Form will also be performing a reimagined production of Shakespeare’s ‘ A Midwinter Night’s Dream'. Past productions include: 'The Taming of the Shrew', ‘The Love of the Nightingale’, ‘Our Country’s Good’, ‘The Recruiting Officer’, ‘Living Quarters’, ‘Jenufa’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and 'The Seagull'.
The Sixth Form drama production provides opportunities not only for performers, but for others to get involved in stage management, sound, lighting, set design, costume and make-up.
Film, TV and Theatre Agents occasionally ring to ask students to audition for parts and some students have been short listed and even cast.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Would you like to put your spare time to good use?
- Would you like to take up a new activity?
- Would you like to gain an Award, which is recognised all over the world?
- Have you started the Award elsewhere and would like to finish it?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you could participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award covers four areas and Bronze and Silver levels can be completed in about 12-18 months. If you have already completed your Silver Award elsewhere, it may also be possible to do your Gold in conjunction with the Camden Open Award centre.
The four areas of the Award are: Service, skills, physical recreation, expedition. These could be NEW activities which you would like to take up, or something you do already.
We will run a training session on Wednesdays to develop the skills and abilities of students and help them become better footballers.
History of Ideas
Fill in the gaps in your general knowledge
- Discover and discuss religion, philosophy, politics, art, literature and music etc.
- Get suggestions for wider reading – ideas for Extended Projects – and prepare for your future appearance on University Challenge.
- Open to Year 12 and 13
- One double lesson per week – no exams or grades! (i.e. real education – just don’t tell Ofsted)
Sessions will cover the following (amongst other things):
- The Bible – when, by whom, and why, was it written? Which key stories/characters should you know about? Why do you need to know about it?
- The History of Christianity and Islam – how did the movements inspired by Jesus and Muhammad grow into the world religions we know today? Why do Protestants and Catholics, Sunnis and Shias fight amongst themselves?
- A beginners guide to Ancient Greece and Rome – the history, the mythology, and the cultural legacy. What should you know if you’ve never studied Classics?
- ‘The Western Canon’ – a basic introduction to some of the giants of world literature such as Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Goethe, Tolstoy etc.
- The rise of science – how has our worldview been transformed by modern science and technology? Can religious faith co-exist with a rational scientific outlook? What impact did the ideas and discoveries of Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Freud, have on culture and society?
- The rise (and fall) of the European Empires – from the ‘discovery’ of America to the post-colonial period after World War II – how have they shaped the modern world?
- Political ideologies – how have the ideas of figures such as Machiavelli and Karl Marx shaped the world we live in?
This is open to students from about grade 5 standard upwards who would like to develop their jazz skills.
Photography as an Enrichment subject will introduce students to the wet process from processing your own black and white film through to the printing of 35mm B/W negatives in the darkroom. You will be introduced to a range of photographers and different ways of seeing through short creative projects. To choose this enrichment as an option you must be willing to purchase your own materials and therefore you are looking at an outlay of approx £50+ for film and paper costs. There is the option that you can use digital but once again you must have access to a digital camera as we cannot supply this equipment to enrichment students and be willing to support printing costs. Likewise students who want to learn about black and white photography must have a 35mm SLR camera, these can be purchased relatively cheaply by sourcing second hand cameras. This enrichment would ideally suit students studying Art and would like to utilise Photography to realise their ideas and/or students who have a real passion and commitment to the subject.
Sixth Form Singers
This choir is open to all Year 12/13 students. You will sing in a wide variety of popular music styles (musical theatre, folk, jazz, gospel, pop etc.)
The symphony orchestra is part of the school's strong musical tradition. It is a full orchestra of around 70 students and is able to tackly challenging repertoire. It is open to any orchestral player from grade 5 standard and upwards.