Key Stage 4 Enrichment Programme
As part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, all Year 10 and Year 11 students have one double lesson each fortnight of enrichment. The enrichment programme supports our aim and ethos of encouraging students to maintain breadth and balance within their studies.
All of the enrichment courses are taught by staff who have an interest and passion for the subject and have volunteered to deliver their course. The courses will introduce the students to topics not on the usual curriculum and/or extend their knowledge and understanding of a subject which they study at GCSE. While the courses will in most cases not lead onto a qualification or require homework to be completed, course teachers will be observed and student feedback on each of the courses will be obtained.
Courses that we are running this year include photography, cooking, improvised comedy, introduction to astronomy, psychology, economics, learning to play the guitar, radio and media production, creative techniques, philosophy and various STEM based activities.
In addition, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can help students cope with and prepare for GCSE and A Level examinations and this year, as part of the Enrichment programme, we have introduced some stress management and relaxation sessions into the programme. A local specialist company run the sessions and students can choose which sessions they would like to attend. Sessions include aromatherapy for exam preparation, yoga relaxation and relaxation and meditation.
Option forms for enrichment will be completed towards the end of the summer term once the timetable for the next academic year has been drawn up. Due to the nature of some of the enrichment courses, numbers for these courses are limited, for example cooking and photography due to the equipment and space required to run these courses. I will endeavour to offer the students their preferred choices, but obviously this cannot be guaranteed.