Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

ENRICHMENT

ENRICHMENT EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION

VOLUNTEERING

All students are expected to contribute by helping in school or by serving the wider community. Students are recognised for their contributions and awarded accreditation through the vInspired Scheme. Certificates are awarded for 50 hours of volunteering. Volunteering develops a number of transferable skills for future employment or university courses. All students in Year 12 and 13 undertake a timetabled 1 hour enrichment class once a fortnight. This enables the students to develop skills vital to their well being as well as for their own personal development. Classes available to students include: Geology, Creative Writing, Introduction to TEFL, Cooking for beginners, Photography, EPQ, Badminton, Fitness planning, Football and Yoga. These are subject to change depending on staffing arrangements.

At the end of Year 12, our students are given the opportunity to embark on an Extended Project Qualification. This runs from the summer term in Year 12 to Easter in Year 13. It is open to all students, regardless of the subjects they are taking or their predicted grades. The qualification is designed to be largely self-directed and undertaken independently, though students will have a taught session once a week to develop their study skills and discuss their project with their supervisor. Students choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. This may take the form of a written report, a production or an artefact. The skills developed by this project are highly regarded by universities and many of our students get lower grade offers if they are successful with the EPQ. We take careers education and guidance very seriously and have a number of sessions throughout the year to help students make decisions about the path they will follow when leaving school. We encourage students to access the wide range of literature and software available and our careers adviser is available at lunch times on a drop-in basis. At the end of Year 12 all students participate in a week of work experience. CAREERS ADVICE

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