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.

One period per week is devoted to consideration of various human rights issues and each fortnight, there is one lesson of personal, social and health education.  Visiting speakers and in-house teams lead sessions on a range of issues such as study skills, rights and responsibilities, citizenship, health and wellbeing, stress management, gap year opportunities and higher education.

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.

Sports and Fitness

Sixth Form students have an afternoon of sport once a week and many continue to compete for the school through out Years 12 and 13. Every year the school welcomes Pentathlon and Sports scholars into Sixth Form who often participate in the relevant elite sports 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 their free time.

Creative Arts

Art, Music and Drama continue to play a significant part in Sixth Form life. Sixth Form students play pivotal roles in 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. Every summer the Art Department hosts its popular Exhibition which showcases the work of both GCSE and A Level students.

Leiths School of Food and Wine

Open for Year 12 students to enrol the Leiths Introductory Certificate of Food and Wine is a nationally accredited vocational course. The course teaches both practical and theoretical skills one afternoon a week over five terms. The teaching is shared between Miss Hobson and visiting tutors from Leiths School of Food and Wine. The Certificate is accredited by the Confederation of Hospitality and Tourism (CTH) and attracts UCAS points for successful students.

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 scheme focuses on personal development and achievability developing commitment, resilience, independence and responsibility. It is regarded as an asset by both universities and employers and can support further education applications.

The Gold Award is exclusive to Sixth Form and takes 12 to 18 months to achieve. As with the other levels it includes an expedition and volunteering but exclusive to Gold is the 5-day residential section when participants have to undertake a shared activity away from home. If successful participants will receive their award at an event at one of the Royal Palaces.

More information is available from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme website, and the School’s DofE Co-ordinator, Mrs Haynes at [email protected]