This week, students experienced many examples of our enrichment curriculum which is designed to provide a broad range of opportunities to learn and develop outside of the classroom. These opportuni- ties are particularly important because they foster many skills that are essential personally, societally and professionally, such as resilience, confidence, self-esteem, active listening and teamwork.

We welcomed back our sixth form students who, accompanied by Mr Gowers, Mr Barber and Miss James, were in Rome last weekend. As part of their A level history curriculum, the group visited: the Trevis Fountain, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican.

As always, a huge thank you to Mr Gowers and his team for facilitating this highlight of our calendar, and to our students for being so confidence-inspiring, and representing us internationally. On Wednesday, we had our third of four Extended Project Days this year.

Students in years 7 and 8 were able to participate in off-site educational visits to Whipsnade Zoo and Stratford-upon-Avon where, in snowy conditions, they undertook science and geography related activities.

Year 9 students enjoyed a careers day where they not only learnt about current career and labour markets but also experienced encounters with employers and their employees, and with providers of further and higher education and apprenticeships.

In addition, students were able to engage with various software platforms such as Unifrog, to explore opportunities that may be of interest to them in the future. We thank our visitors in particular for making this possible for our students and urge parents who haven’t already had a look at Unifrog to visit: https://www.unifrog.org/ with your child.

Jane Cartwright

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