Enrichment Opportunities



Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship


All students follow a programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship which includes a number of very important elements specifically designed to help students with their studies and to help them become informed, active members of society. 


Work Experience


In Year 12 students undertake a 5 day work placement opportunity which is designed to develop their transferable skills. Although students are able to select their preferred area of work, all placement opportunities develop inter-personal skills, communication skills, time management and organisational skills as well as giving students a reality check as to the expectations of life outside the classroom. Many students are offered part time work as a result of their placement and all return to the Academy with renewed effort to their studies. 


BTEC Health & Social Care and BTEC Sport (Level 3) students have compulsory work experience integrated into their programme of study. 


Students wishing to study vocational courses such as nursing, dentistry, teaching, accountancy etc. at university or wishing to take up an apprenticeship, for example in childcare or engineering, are expected to have undertaken a considerable amount of work experience before applying. 

Students who are following the One Year programme will be offered a one week work experience placement in an area of their choice. 




Students are encouraged to give at least 1 hour per week of their time to the benefit of the wider community. In the past, students have assisted in local primary schools, hospitals, old people’s homes, mentored younger students, supported reading activities and assisted in KS3 and KS4 classes.  This gives many of our students a valuable confidence-building experience, as well as increasing their communication skills. 

Expanding Horizons


In addition to on-site activities, regular trips and events are organised for 16+ students. These include trips to conferences and lectures around the country and individual subjects will also organise their own trips and activities. 


Duke of Edinburgh


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme emphasises some of the key skills needed for success at university, in employment and in life, such as commitment, communication and problem-solving. Students must also be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Each level of the Award, whether Bronze, Silver or Gold, requires the successful completion of four elements: Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition. Participants must be prepared to commit at least 4 hours a week over a period of 6 months. 


The Award is highly regarded by many employers and higher education institutions and can result in preferential treatment of applications. Students who are interested can sign up to take part at the Enrichment Fayre in September.