We are very proud of the enrichment opportunities available to our sixth form students. We have spent significant time and energy, coupled with involvement from our students to develop a varied and exciting super curriculum!
Our students have the option of choosing one of two pathways for their weekly enrichment. Students will be supported in making their initial choices and, or course, will have the full support of their staff once their choice is made.
Pathway A – is a fun, varied enrichment option which rotates three times per year. Students can choose from:
- Core PE
- Supervised MOOCs
- Functional Spanish
- Computing Skills
- First Aid
Pathway B – this is an option which pupils see through for their full key stage 5 journey. It will provide pupils with either an additional qualification and / or UCAS points for their next steps. Students can choose from:
- Level 3 Core Maths
- Sports Leaders
- John Paul II award
In addition, all students participate in the below fantastic extra-curricular enrichments:
Study Skills – 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, external agencies and internal provision provide workshops to develop revision skills, organisation skills and resilience to give students the tools 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, such as attending a careers fair at St. James’ Park. Throughout the year students will engage with employers from a variety of sectors to prepare students for their post-18 decisions.
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 one week in work placements in the summer term. We also encourage and give guidance to individuals looking for regular volunteering placements.
Peer Support – Students are targeted by Curriculum Leaders to provide peer support to the lower school students. If for instance a student took A Level English, then they could be asked to support students in key stage 3 English lessons. This is a wonderful addition to UCAS applications and CV’s.
Links to Local Universities and Industry – St Joseph’s has established links with all local universities – Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham and Sunderland. These support students with employability skills, preparation for interview and applications and help students to make informed choices.
There will be other opportunities throughout the year offered which we will encourage students to become involved with