At Leweston enrichment is an integral part of learning so all students in Year 12 follow an extended curriculum designed to develop additional skills and complement their academic studies.
Enrichment opportunities outside of the main curriculum are an integral part of Sixth Form. They not only support academic studies but also strengthen applications to higher education or future employers. All students in Year 12 follow an extended programme designed to develop these additional skills. This ranges across public speaking opportunities and presentation skills, competitions and Olympiads, subject specific clubs and activities like the Head’s Essay Society to workshops on study skills.
Although after-school activities are no longer compulsory in the Sixth Form students are still encouraged to participate and have the opportunity lead those that are of particular interest.
Sixth Form students have an afternoon of sport once a week and many continue to compete for the School. Every year the Pentathlon Academy welcomes Year 12 entrants into the programme. Students can choose their own programme from a range of competitive and recreational sports as well as activities that promote health and fitness. Current options include: Hockey, Netball, Football, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Zumba and Yoga. In addition to timetabled games Sixth Formers can use the gym equipment during your free time.
Music and Drama play a significant part in Sixth Form life. Students play pivotal roles in Senior School productions, drama competitions, the Joint Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Schola. The Sixth Form choir is open to all and meets weekly, it a focuses on acapella and barbershop and performs throughout the School year.
In Year 12 all students go on a two-day residential Leadership course in the Quantocks to learn team building, collaboration and decision-making skills. The course incorporates opportunities for physical activity and time for reflection and is extremely popular with the students. Outcomes from the course contribute to the prefect elections for the following year.
Leiths Certificate of Food and Wine
Leweston is one of only 14 schools in the country to offer this internationally recognised qualification. The Certificate is a practical five term course designed to run alongside the school timetable and to give confidence in a wide variety of cooking skills. It is a professional qualification which provides the opportunity for students to put their skills to work through Leiths List, an employment agency which matches successful candidates with a wide range of paid, family-level cooking jobs which could help finance university.
From September 2017 Leweston has been part of a pilot scheme which will allow students taking the Leiths Certificate to work towards an L3 extended qualification. This qualification carries UCAS points which count towards higher education applications.
Duke of Edinburgh
Year 12 students are able to enrol in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and every year a group of students undertakes this challenge.
The Award is designed to equip young people with skills for life, challenging participants to cultivate new skills and develop confidence. Participants also make a difference to others and their local community. Gold Award students are able to assist with community service or become involved in charity fundraising activities at school although many find alternative volunteering opportunities outside school. In recent years Leweston’s Gold candidates have completed the expedition section of their award in Peru, South Africa and Morocco.