Beyond the classroom
At Silverdale Sixth Form we passionately believe that a broad and balanced curriculum is important in the development of young minds and bodies. It enhances our students’ experience in class, develops lifelong skills and provides the essential qualities that set our students apart when applying for university, apprenticeships or employment. To this end, alongside our A-level and academic programmes we offer a wide variety of over 15 enrichment options which take place on a Wednesday afternoon each week. These include:
Hospital volunteering and work experience
Providing students with the real life career experiences in their chosen career path to support application to university or onto apprenticeships.
Future Learn MOOCs
Free online courses which allow students to take a specific aspect of a subject or skill and study this in more detail with resources and support from some of the most prestigious universities and professionals worldwide.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
An independent piece of research on a topic or areas of most interest to the student, allowing them to demonstrate some of the attributes most sought after in higher education and employment. You can find more details on page 28.
School based sessions
We run programmes where students put something back into the school: paired reading with Y7 students, mentoring Y10 and Y11 students, contributing to digital media and school communications, or volunteering in Learning Support.
Students can also take on additional studies, such as Mandarin Chinese (for beginners, or continued from Year 11), Core Maths, and Cambridge Pre U.
Students can also choose to take part in drama, go off-site for bouldering, or take part in the Duke of Edinburgh gold award, which culminates in a week-long expedition in Year 12.
We aim to support students who are bilingual or multilingual in gaining accreditation in their home languages. Students can take a GCSE or A-level exams in a number of languages, such as Urdu, Persian, Japanese, Polish, Tamil, Mandarin Chinese.
Student societies and other activities
As well as our enrichment programme numerous extracurricular activities take place including sports clubs, academic clubs and the debating society. Alongside this our students have a vibrant social society led by the Head Student Team, who organise events, charity fundraising and the most anticipated celebration of the year–our summer ball, the Final Fling, where students and staff come together to celebrate the achievement of students over their two years in our Sixth Form.
Leadership skills are demonstrated by our students through the Head Student Team, who are elected by students and work together to help provide student involvement and participation within the school. They are actively involved in school open evenings, making the student voice heard and co-ordinating the School Council. Further opportunities to lead and be involved in the wider school community are afforded by the opportunity for Sixth Form students to become paid lunchtime supervisors, providing the positive role models for students in Years 7 to 11 at social times and school events.