Enrichment is an essential element to help our students to be future ready for their next stage in life. All student take part in an enrichment programme during their time at St Joseph’s.
Study Skills programme – All students take part in a study skills programme facilitated throughout both years through life skills tutor time and key events. Links with local universities and internal provision provide workshops to develop revision skills, organisation, resilience to give students to tool to meet the challenges of A levels.
Careers Programme – As a Catholic School our core mission is to support each individual to become the best they can be, to live life to the full. To this end our careers programme is at the heart of empowering students to set personal goals which drive progress and attainment. A bespoke programme has been developed for the Sixth form to ensure individual needs are met and activities are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning. This is delivered through Life skills, tutor time, subject areas and key events. Throughout the year students will engage with employers from a variety of sectors, some of which will be during the school’s enrichment week in the summer term.
Enrichment week – Each year students spend the final week of term developing skills and taking part in experiences outside the subject curriculum in a real-life context. Opportunities to engage with employers are planned and taster days at local universities. These encounters build on their understanding of local labour market, job roles, and routes into further education. They build aspirations and support informed choices.
General RE – The General RE programme allows students in Years 12 and 13 work towards internal awards. The content has been planned to give students challenges to work towards, and are planned to build their employability skills, help those in our parish communities and be something they could include on their UCAS form and discuss at University interviews. Outside agencies are used at key elements to promote thought and deliver expertise information about specialist subjects.
Work Experience – All Years 12 Students spend a week in work placements in the summer term. We also encourage and give guidance to individuals looking for regular volunteering placements.
Student Chaplains – A member of our 6th from leads the student Chaplin programme. The student chaplain programme requires students to give up some of their free time to help those in need and become ambassadors of Faith at St Joseph’s. Some of the enhancement projects include launching exciting projects like care home visits, care parcels, candle making for the housebound, faith and ethos journalism and prayer writing.
Peer Support – An opportunity to support students lower in the school with literacy while developing confidence and communication skills.
Community Sports Leaders Award – An enjoyable, practical course which takes place in the P.E. Department and gives students the necessary skills to lead groups in sport and recreational activity.
MOOC’s – MOOCs don’t always lead to formal qualifications, but they do mean students can gain knowledge in all sorts of areas – whether they want to support your career or are exploring personal interests.
Links to Local Universities and Industry – St Joseph’s has established links with all local universities. These support students with employability skills, preparation for interview and applications and help students to make informed choices.
There will be may other opportunities throughout the year offered which we will encourage students to become involved with.