There is more to life than just academia - it is important to us that students engage in a range of meaningful life experiences and have a chance to give back to the community. The following are some of the ways in which we do this.
Deal Area Foodbank
The Deal Area Foodbank is a local charity that helps those in need of support. The Sixth Form supports this charity through a Christmas parcel challenge, but students also give their time throughout the year to support the charity's vital work in other ways. At a time when more and more people use foodbanks, we are proud to support them.
Building connections across the generations, we will help students to work with Age Concern to bring some much needed support to our older citizens.
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 students, the project aims to bypass the barriers many young people put up when being taught such nuanced, personal topics by adults, whom they feel are detached from their personal experiences.
In conjunction with Deal Town FC and with support from Councillor 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 opportunities such as apprenticeship fairs as well as posting other schemes to our virtual classroom and in the Sixth Form Study Centre.
Students attend a two 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 are delivered by outside visitors. There are also workshops on employability skills such as CV Writing, Interview Skills and Applying for Jobs.
University Outreach Programmes
We work closely with the University of Kent, the University of the Creative Arts and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide activities that complement 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.
A week-long internship is completed by all Year 12 students. With support, students are required to research and find a placement that 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.
Local Volunteering Hub
The local volunteering hub provides students with volunteering opportunities that suit their needs in terms of skills, location and future aspirations. This enrichment activity also helps to give something back to the local community.