Sixth Form Enrichment at STS

There is more to life than just academics it is important to us that you live with a range of meaningful life experiences and have a chance to give back to the community.

Simple Money - Using his wealth of experience in debt management Mrs. Whittaker will help students understand the groundwork of budgeting. He will help students to navigate the complex world of tax, national insurance and financing so that students can leave us with the knowledge to look after their own financial health.

Foodbank - The Deal Area Foodbank is our local charity to help those in need of support. The Sixth Form supports this charity through a christmas parcel challenge but members of our Sixth Form also give their time to support the work of this charity. At a time when more and more people use foodbanks we are proud to support them.


Dynamic Dialogue - Dynamic Dialogue is designed to develop students’ presentation and public speaking skills alongside raising their confidence and attainment. The workshop not only prepares students for the presentations they may have to give at university but is also valuable to those wishing to go straight into the working world.

Ethical Debate - Designed to give students a lecture and seminar type experience, the Ethical Debate covers topics relevant to a variety of subjects, for example politics and global governance, religion, philosophy and ethics, and biosciences. The session can be delivered either as a half-day taster, or as a full day event. Students will partake in an introduction to ethics lecture, and then enjoy an interactive seminar that culminates in a lively ethical debate on a contemporary issue.

Age UK - Working to build connections across generations we will help students to work with Age Concern to bring some much needed support to the older generations.


The Times Legal Challenge - In conjunction with Kingsley Napley, one of London's biggest law firms, students work as part of a team to complete a series of tasks, designed to encourage them to tap into their “inner solicitor” – using skills and logic to provide legal advice for virtual clients. The competition aims to provide students with first-hand experience of what it is like to be a solicitor.

Mental Health Education - The Peer Education Project is a school-based programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health, and that of their peers. By training older pupils to deliver mental health lessons to younger student, the project aims to bypass the walls many young people put up when being taught such nuanced, personal topics by adults whom they feel are detached from their personal experiences.

The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme - The Scholars Programme recruits PhD researchers, trains them as university access professionals and places them as tutors in schools. Pupils study academic subjects based on their PhD tutor’s research, completing weekly homework assignments and a final written assignment. Each programme starts and finishes with a trip to one of our partner universities, where pupils have a campus tour, meet undergraduates and receive guidance from university admissions staff.

Refereeing Course - In conjunction with Deal Town FC and support from Councilor Sue Chandler we are able to train young people to be the next generation of referees.

University and Apprenticeship Fairs - Each Year we support students to attend the Kent and Medway higher education exhibition where they have the opportunity to speak with ambassadors and educators from universities across the UK to find out more about courses and university life. We also advertise opportunity for apprenticeship fairs as well as posting any schemes on our virtual classroom and in the study centre.

Stepping Up - Delivered during Year 12, these workshops helps students to make decisions about their next steps after school. During the sessions students discuss the benefits of university and why it may be of value to them in the future, but also supports key skills for those looking at different routes in the future.

Future First - Students attend a 2 day event held within school where they hear talks from visiting employers and universities about different industries and subjects. They will also learn about the university application process and how to write an effective personal statement  Additionally, apprenticeship advisors speak as well as Gap Year advisors and inspirational talks from outside visitors. There are also workshops on employability skills such as CV writing, Interview Skills and Applying for jobs.

Online Mentoring - This scheme has been set up in conjunction with the University Of Greenwich for students to liaise with professionals from industry and academic mentors for advice on career paths, industry insight, guidance in looking for jobs, support on the application process, and future network contacts.

University Outreach Programmes - We work closely alongside the University of Kent, University of Creative Arts, and Canterbury Christchurch to provide activities that compliment our core curriculum. The activities in this strand are designed to support students subject knowledge as well as developing skills to help students to succeed in their A Levels.

Internship programme -  A week long internship is completed by all Year 12 students.  With support, students are required to research and find a placement which relates to a future career idea or a subject they are studying.  They must apply for the role, attend the week and reflect on their placement afterwards to gain a meaningful experience of the workplace. This is a great opportunity for students to solidify careers options for the future and gain experience within the world of work which can contribute to their personal statements and other applications and differentiate them from other candidates.

Russian Language - Students can work with Mrs. Larigo to learn Russian and if they chose they may take it up to GCSE standard.

Cooking on a budget - Mrs. Amos will help students learn about making nutritious meals at a minimal cost. Perfect for young adults about to join the world.

Local Volunteering Hub - Working with the local volunteering hub to try to provide students with volunteering opportunities that suit their needs in terms of skills, location and future aspirations. This will also help give something back to the local community.