Upper School Update 12th October 2021
We are introducing a weekly series of 'talks' which will be held every Friday in the sixth form centre. Each talk will focus upon a different topic - there is no need for you to have any prior knowledge of the topic, just a willingness to want to learn and stretch your understanding of new language, new ideas and new vocabulary.
The talks will start at 12.45 - grab your lunch and bring it with you.
We'd love to have lots of you join us, please do contact either Mrs Johnson, Luke Canney, Paige Clements or Ellie Carter (Year 13) if you have any questions about the session.
We are passionate about providing challenging activities and leadership opportunities in curriculum areas and as extracurricular activities. Students have opportunities to participate in national and regional competitions. We work in close collaboration with the Universities to raise awareness and aspirations for future higher education. A flavour of some activities that students have participated in:
- National and regional competitions, for example Britain’s Future Chef, National Maths Challenge, Schools writing competition, National Theatre’s playwriting programme, Creative Hertfordshire Flame Awards, National dance competition, UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
- Year 7 students have visited the University of Hertfordshire, are introduced to university education and are taken on a guided tour of the campus.
- Students at greatest risk of underachievement or lowest aspirations are mentored by undergraduate mentors for around ten sessions in the spring term. This is again followed up by a visit and workshops at the university Campus.
- Year 9 students attend a Pathfinders Day at the University to give them an insight into higher education at University
- Year 11 students Participate in Revision skills workshops led by the Hertfordshire University
- Year 9 students lead the Science fair for Year 5 and 6 from our feeder primary schools
- Participate in the Ambassadors programme at KS3
- Year 9 act as reading mentors for students with weaker reading skills
- Students have attended workshops at local industry ‘Making it in Medicine’ at Glaxo Smith Kline and Chemistry at Work
- Departmental visits from Business and Industry professionals, for example a talk on ‘Fires in Space’, ‘Deep under the seas’ and visiting authors
- Year 9 expressive arts students lead performances to feeder primary school and play a leading role in National performing art competitions.
- Enhancing speaking skills in Modern Foreign languages by mentoring from student studying languages at the University of Hertfordshire.
- Participation in the KS3 and KS4 reading challenge