Introduction to the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme
The Enrichment Programme at Cockermouth School is designed to give you the opportunity to take part in and to keep a record of activities you undertake beyond your academic studies, both within and out of school. We recognise that to be happy and successful in the future, you will need to develop a broad range of skills and interests as well as confidence and willingness to tackle a range of challenges beyond your academic studies.
All students will be required to show that they have had experience of each of the following alongside their studies during their time in the Sixth Form:
- Work related learning
- Community participation/volunteering
- Personal development
This might be through activities offered at school or through extra-curricular activities you are involved in outside school. Your tutor will work with you to ensure that you have sufficient opportunities and are an active participant in all three areas.
You will be expected to record what you are doing in your enrichment log within this booklet which will enable us to accredit what you are doing. This log will also help you later when writing personal statements or job applications and will enable your tutor to write a full, detailed reference reflecting your achievements across the board.
Enrichment – Wednesday Afternoon
You will have a block of undirected time on a Wednesday afternoon (or another time during the week) and you will have some choice as to how you use it. You will have to commit to an activity for at least one term and if you are in school, will be registered as in any other lesson. If you are off site, you will need to provide school with a named representative at the organisation you are with. School will contact the provider at least once during the term to validate your activity.
External Speakers will sometimes be invited in to talk on a wide range of topics. These will vary from week to week. Through the course of the two years, we will offer a variety of careers talks with outside speakers and personal safety sessions which will run alongside the other activities.
We also encourage you to use the time to run/join student led groups such as international links, Sixth Form magazine, Book club, Amnesty, Charity work, Fair trade planning etc. See the list of suggested activities. These opportunities are there for you to take up and lead yourselves. We can provide a room, time and any advice you need.
Being at the top of the school provides you with the opportunity to take on a variety of leadership roles which will help you to develop your skills and confidence as a young leader.
Many opportunities exist already, such as form attachment, Sixth Form Committee, School Council participation, Young Enterprise and sports coaching. Some of you will have become sports leaders lower down the school and may wish to continue coaching school teams.
Leadership is also about taking initiative; what school groups could you set up and lead? Could you run a homework club or subject specific club to support younger students? Could you run a lunchtime club? Could you set up a school debating society? Could you lead a youth group outside school? Let your tutor know if you have any ideas and advertise for team members to help you.
There will be opportunities for you to extend your learning beyond the classroom in your A Level subjets. Examples of opportunities include the Engineering Education Scheme, trips with an academic focus, invited speakers, writing and debating competitions and the Extended Project. There is also an expectation that you will extend your reading beyond work set, and if you are interested in applying for one of the most competitive academic courses/universities such as Oxford or Cambridge, there will be academic enrichment support provided by many departments. Let your subject teachers know that you are keen to take up these opportunities.