Our Year 9 Curriculum Enrichment programme is an innovative series of lessons aimed at encouraging our young people to make a difference in their community. Pupils take part in a range of different activities which are in line with our school vision, providing them with further curriculum opportunities to grow in ‘body, mind and spirit,’ with the ultimate aspiration of ‘becoming the person God wants them to be.’
Voluntary work, community service, environmental projects, charity work and aspects of work experience all play a part in the new programme, enabling pupils to gain some valuable life skills and learn a little more about ‘life outside school!’ By engaging with these activities pupils also give something back to their local community, encouraging them to grow in character and reflect the Christian Values of stewardship, compassion, service and humility. We hope these activities will inspire our young people to take action, become courageous advocates and, of course, we hope that they enjoy the new experiences which come their way!
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The various activities in which the pupils are involved will enable them to work towards gaining their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The programme has run now for three years and over this time this has enabled more than 600 pupils to achieve the award. All pupils in Year 9 are encouraged to enrol into the programme and will be guided through the completion of the Award. By the end of the year they will have covered all of the Award and the expedition takes place in the summer term. During some lessons in the rotations there is time built in for pupils to create their DofE account and upload information on the activities they have been doing.
The programme complements their academic studies and have further experience National Curriculum subjects. Art, design, food technology, music, ICT, History, Geography skills and knowledge form part of the programme, as well as dance, drama and aspects of PE. They also complete aspects of their Careers Programme. Pupils do not receive targets or results in Enrichment but receive a Pass, Merit or Fail at the end of each rotation, thus giving credence to the achievement of the DofE Award.
How the programme works