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.
Using his wealth of experience in debt management, our Sixth Form Manager will help students to 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 knowing how to look after their own financial health.
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.
Dynamic Dialogue is designed to develop students’ presentation and public speaking skills as well as 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 world of work.
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.
Building connections across the generations, we will help students to work with Age Concern to bring some much needed support to our older citizens.
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 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.
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 tasks 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.
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.
Delivered during Year 12, these workshops help 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. The programme also supports key skills for those looking at different routes for the future.
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.
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 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.
Cooking on a Budget
Mrs Amos will help students to learn how to make nutritious meals at a minimal cost. Perfect for young adults about to go out into the world.
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.