Just as important in developing your learning is a full and active engagement in the co-curriculum (outside the classroom). We therefore expect all our sixth formers to participate in a number of enrichment programmes beyond the purely academic curriculum. We break these down into four key areas: Super-curriculum, Skills, Communication and Community.
This aims to take pupils beyond the requirements of their A level studies. It feeds interest in topics that may not be studied within their courses and allows students to explore areas that they may wish to study at university. Whether they are an aspiring medic, criminologist or writer, there is a wide range of courses run by universities that give them further insight into a potential course or career. Some of these are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), some might be days at universities or some might be residential courses such as Headstart. Each of them will give more insight into their future and allow them to discuss topics of interest with likeminded people. The staff at Giggleswick have a wealth of experience in advising about suitable courses.
Community lies at the heart of Giggleswick and we expect all our sixth formers to show an acknowledgment of this through service to their House, the school, the local community and often more distant ones. This requires our students to develop initiative and resilience to commit to service to others over a longer period of time. Quite often students choose to link some of this to other qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The awareness of the wider community is an important component of our Sixth Form lecture programme which often stimulates an active response from the students.
In a world where the workplace changes rapidly it is vital that students are able to develop a range of skills that will allow them to be adaptable beyond school. Some of these include:
Essential life skills
There is a wide range of clubs and societies at Giggleswick, providing a wealth of opportunity to develop these skills. There is also a requirement for students to take on specific roles. Some of these skills are developed through our Curriculum for Life programme which is tailored to ensure students build the necessary skills and knowledge to lead independent lives at university. This includes a tailored lecture programme and discussion groups.
Being able to articulate your ideas and communicate clearly and coherently is an almost universal requirement of future employers. We therefore place a strong emphasis upon developing communication skills. This includes the opportunity to develop skills in a range of forums, such as class, House and whole school, as well as training in one to one skills such as those needed for interviews.