Bishop Thomas Grant School offers all students the opportunity to develop skills and interests which complement the main programme of study and help them to develop into thoughtful and mature young adults.
Every Wednesday afternoon the timetable is collapsed in order to allow students to take part in courses chosen from a wide variety of options, which include:
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Young Enterprise
- Police Cadets
- Art and Set Design
- JEDS Driving School
- Additional A-Levels
- Radio Drama
- Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate
- Model United Nations (MUN)
Students applying for Higher Education and employment are able to enhance their personal statements by outlining their involvement in the Enrichment Programme. Information about some of the activities can be found below.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award demands that students are stretched beyond what is normal to them, with each one having to complete, in their own time, three different activities including: a physical activity, volunteering their time to help others, and learning a new skill. The students throw themselves into these occupations with gusto, taking part in activities as diverse as mentoring, tennis, playing the piano, shooting, running, instructing army cadets, and being the Lambeth Youth Mayor.
At the same time as this, the students also take part in a period of intense training in school, split between team building skills, map-reading skills, first aid training (leading to the St John’s Ambulance first aid test) and preparing for the expeditions by being able to erect a tent and cook and prepare food whilst fundamentally living in a field.
The students (and staff) very much look forward to spending two nights under canvas and practising their navigation on the hills of the South Downs for the practice expedition, before they are then let loose to navigate and fend for them themselves on the qualifying expedition in July of each year.
Students who select sporting enrichment take part in a variety of sports including: boxing, karate, sailing, table tennis, zumba and dance along with the more traditional sports at Bishop Thomas Grant School such as football and basketball. Competitively, the boys Sixth Form football team play a number of friendlies against local schools and enter the Sixth Form football league with fixtures taking place at Motspur Park. Competitive football helps with the overall assessment of the abilities of AS and A2 PE students and therefore reinforces why students studying sporting qualifications need to select Sporting Enrichment as their enrichment option. We are looking at school hubs sites for sporting enrichment and National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications for our students to help give them an economic possibility within a sporting environment.
Mentoring is a particularly popular enrichment activity at Bishop Thomas Grant School. After receiving training, the mentors are either paired with targeted students from the lower school or with the English, Mathematics, Science or Languages departments. They are then able to provide academic and pastoral support in regular, one-to-one sessions or within the classroom. Students who are in their second year of mentoring have the opportunity to work with one of our feeder primary schools. This year we are also introducing literacy mentoring, which will focus on literacy across the curriculum.
Year 12 Music Enrichment is varied and fun. It may involve the preparation of songs for school concerts – which have been very successful – or it can also comprise improvisation and the development of the students’ own compositions on a variety of instruments during lesson time.
Another aspect of this enrichment activity involves music mentoring for those who want to help Lower School students during music lessons. Participants are allocated students at times that are mutually convenient during the course of a week.
A further music enrichment option is involvement in the School Orchestra and the Chapel Choir.
The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is an uniformed voluntary youth organisation, supported by The Metropolitan Police Service, open to young people aged between 14 and 19 from across London's diverse communities, irrespective of their background or financial circumstances and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion.
Bishop Thomas Grant School has over 48 Volunteer Police Cadets who attend each Wednesday night from 7pm to 9.30pm. The cadets, aged 14 to 19 take part in drill, team games, outward-bound activities and various camps. Most just join to have some fun and meet with a great bunch of like-minded youth. Some, but not all, go on to join the Police. Most however, just use the cadets as a fun way to be inspired, do something positive for the community and learn about respect and discipline.
Cadets also volunteer to help with crime prevention events and operations, test purchasing operations, ceremonial events, camps and competitions, and all are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award (all parts of the award can be delivered within cadets).
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The Young Enterprise Company is an amazing opportunity for students to develop themselves into becoming dynamic, confident and wise entrepreneurs. Over a year, students undertake the following:
- Develop their own product or service
- Market and promote their product or service
- Work together to create their business plan
- Carry out market research
- Manage the company finances
- Take part in local Young Enterprise trade fairs and compete with other schools and colleges in the company of the year competition
- Trade with the public
- Open and use their own company bank account
- Raise real finance by selling shares
Moreover, universities and employers value Young Enterprise greatly, so this is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.
JEDS Driving School
This is a unique opportunity for students to gradually learn, over the course of 15 sessions (both theoretical and practical), the fundamentals of safe driving. Although they do not receive their licence at the end of the course, they will develop a sound knowledge base as to what the test would require.
Hairdressing is a fantastic life-long skill. Over the course of 15 sessions, students are given an insight into the knowledge and skills that are essential when pursuing this as a career. Getting involved in many hands-on tasks e.g. cutting, highlighting, and blow drying techniques, will give the students a taster of many skills involved. A certificate of proficiency is issued at the end of the course.
Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate
Food Safety and Hygiene in Catering is a professional qualification. It gives students an insight into the world of Catering and Public Health. Over the 10 sessions, students learn how to work safely within a professional kitchen environment and the fundamentals of Public Health rules and regulations. Students who successfully pass the course achieve a professional qualification that can be used to gain employment in the Catering and Hospitality industries.
This unique opening to explore Radio Drama as an Enrichment activity at Bishop Thomas Grant School allows Sixth Form students to develop and realise a broad range of creative and expressive skills. The weekly sessions offer potential for narrative conceptualisation, scriptwriting, acting, voice over, directing, sound effect and Foley creation, digital recording operation and digital software editing. There are many opportunities to lead and participate for the strong all-rounder or the student who wants to develop a specialist vocational skill set.
Model United Nations (MUN)
This year we are introducing Model United Nations (MUN) debating into our Enrichment programme. Students will prepare to take on teams from private and state secondary schools across London. For more information about MUN please click here.
Art and Set Design
Art Enrichment is focused this year on set design and therefore working in collaboration with the performing arts. Additional time is given to students to explore artistic areas of their choice.