Enhancement & Enrichment

Here at Atwood School we feel that it is important to give our 6th form students the appropriate amount of responsibility and to that end there are opportunities for them to become subject prefects, senior prefects and even Head boy or Head girl. In such positions, and through the power of the Student Voice and Sixth Form Committee, our 6th formers are able to express their views and make suggestions that will influence and enrich their experience whilst in the sixth form.  Our 6th Form students have raised money for charities they chose to support including Macmillan, Children In Need and Help the Heroes and have been working with the KS 5 team on how to improve the 6th form facilities and environment.

Our students are encouraged to engage in the many extra-curricular activities offered and get involved with some act of community support. We currently have students working in a range of positions such as a ‘Buddy’ with year 7 pupils, working on the school radio, assisting in local primary schools supporting the younger pupils and giving assemblies to different year groups at Altwood.

Further enrichment of our 6th form involves the Lifeskills hour which has been tailored to meet the needs of our students through guest speakers and seminars and, in addition to these, we attend local events which greatly enhance their personal development, such as the ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ theatre production.

We have recently been developing an exciting opportunity for our students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. This year we are anticipating some of our Sixth Form students to be the first Altwood students to gain their Bronze Award, an award that employers and universities hold in high regard.

The enrichment activities that our students engage in are an important aspect of their experience whilst in the 6th Form, but they are also a valuable means to helping students reflect on what they have achieved to date, and to assess what opportunities they should be seeking for further development.  These achievements are vital when students are writing their personal statements for UCAS, applying for apprenticeships or even seeking to secure employment. We understand how important this process is and ensure that every individual is well placed to secure their future pathway. Here at Altwood School, the 6th Form staff team is experienced and committed to enabling our students to grasp every opportunity that is offered to them.

Highlighting the options available to our students once they have completed their Key Stage 5 studies is an important aspect of our commitment to our students. We liaise with external organisations and Higher Education providers to ensure our students get the opportunity to attend exhibitions and events that provide advice and guidance on the possibilities on offer after Key Stage five.

At the heart of our 6th form is the community atmosphere we cherish, where all our students feel valued. There are many scheduled social events to ensure that all our pupils to have an opportunity to celebrate their successes and further enrich their experience.

 

Mr. N Arnold

Key Stage 5 Assistant Director of Studies