ENRICHMENT

At Kingsmeadow, we offer an enrichment programme which is designed to further develop our students’ skills and qualities, and enhance their application to universities. The programme will provide opportunities to extend the students’ academic development and help them prepare for their next steps in their educational journey. 

 

Some of the opportunities available to sixth form students include:

 

  • Induction residential 

  • Sport teams 

  • Extended Project Qualification 

  • Student mentoring programme

  • UCAS preparation 

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Outreach North East partner scheme -supporting access to Higher Education pathways

  • Work experience placements

  • Reading project with younger students 

  • PSHE tutor programme 

  • University open days 

  • Wednesday collapsed timetable day


 

Induction Residential

 

At the start of the course, year 12 students are given the opportunity to take part in an overnight residential at Gibside National Trust. During the residential, the students take part in team building activities and develop skills which will help them through their studies.

 

Sport teams

 

Opportunities are available to represent school in various sports and also coaching and officiating at local authority events for younger students.

 

Extended Project Qualification

 

Year 12 and 13 students will complete the level 3 Extended Project Qualification in addition to their three A level choices. This qualification is worth half an A level (28 UCAS points) and can be used as part of their university applications. This qualification involves students undertaking an independent research project in any area of their choice - it allows the student to explore an area of interest in great depth. The EPQ provides valuable opportunities for students to develop skills in areas such as research, analytical thinking, project management, and independent learning; all skills that will be invaluable to you in your studies. The EPQ is a highly regarded qualification by universities and employers and can help you stand out from other candidates.

Student mentoring programme

 

We encourage the sixth form students to get involved in the mentoring programme where they provide support and guidance for students in year 11; offering help and advice through their GCSE studies. This programme can help sixth form students enhance their personal statement. 

 

UCAS preparation 

 

Students in sixth form are given designated enrichment time to help prepare them for their UCAS application to university. The students use this time to prepare their personal statement, research different universities and courses

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

A globally recognised award which celebrates the achievements of young people outside of the classroom. It involves planning and leading your own expedition, working in the community, celebrating your skills (which may have nothing to do with your subject choices) amongst many other areas.

 

Whether you have future plans for University, travelling or employment - The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award will certainly help you prepare for this.

 

Outreach North East PARTNERS Programme

 

Kingsmeadow Sixth Form works closely with the North East partner scheme. It raises awareness of higher education opportunities and has allowed many of our students to access highly competitive courses, such as Medicine, and receive a lower conditional offer to study at one of the North East universities including Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland.

 

Reading project with younger students 

 

Studies show that there is a positive relationship between reading for pleasure and academic attainment and personal development. At Kingsmeadow, we encourage all students to read for pleasure. We also value the impact our sixth form students can have on helping out younger students develop their own reading skills. Additionally, programmes such as these will enhance sixth form students’ applications to further education. 

 

PSHE tutor programme 

 

During the dedicated enrichment time, students follow a PSHE programme of study to explore the three themes ‘Sex, Relationships, and Society’ ‘Careers, Finance, and Independence’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing. This course will help prepare our students for the wider world. 
 

University open days 

 

At Kingmeadow, we have high aspirations for our students, and encourage them to explore the different universities available. We organise educational visits to local universities (as part of the PARTNERS scheme) but also to universities further afield.