Alongside the subjects our students have chosen to study, the college offers a variety of enrichment opportunities. This is to give our students the skills and attributes necessary to transition into the wider world as successfully as possible.
Post 16 at Kingsthorpe College is not just about your academic studies. We offer an excellent range of enrichment activities to allow students to develop and strongly encourage you to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. We are proud that many of these opportunities are student led. KC Edge - On leaving Kingsthorpe College, students will not just have outstanding grades, but will be well rounded individuals with leadership skills, academic curiosity, independence and resilience, and have contributed significantly to the community in which they are a part of.
We want our students to be the best they possibly can and have therefore chosen a set of criteria we know will set them up for the future, both in terms of possessing skills desirable by future employers, but also general qualities that are essential for a happy and successful life. We have no doubt that when students embrace the programme, it will give them the EDGE that their future selves will thank them for.
Enrichment opportunities are numerous, but here are a few:
- Debating Society
- Numerous social events including the Post 16 Ball
- Paired reading with Year 7
- Charity events
- Visiting speakers
- Sporting activities
- School robotics
- TED talks
- Computer game competitions
- Bake off competitions
- Supporting younger EAL students
- Subject ambassadors (working alongside teaching staff)
- Work experience
- Volunteering opportunities
Student Leadership Team
The Student Leadership Team consists of a mix of Year 13 and Year 12 students. All students complete an application to become a Senior Prefect which is reviewed by Mrs Coleman and the Post 16 team. Once chosen, the team meet every week to discuss issues and create solutions, plan projects and discuss fundraising. Just prior to Christmas, the Year 12 students will be invited to apply for the positions of Head Students; these students will represent not only the Student Leadership Team but the school as a whole. Fundraising projects have included Dress Down Friday, cake sales, quizzes and football tournaments. These funds are split between the Post 16 (for amenities and funding for their end of year celebration) and their chosen charity which, this year, is the Midlands Air Ambulance.
These students also support around the school, giving tours to visitors, supporting with laptop allocations in the Post 16 Centre and mentoring younger students.
In accordance with national guidelines, students take part in PSHE lessons with their tutor group once per fortnight. Over a year, there are three themes:
- Health and Wellbeing. This includes the importance of physical, emotional, mental and sexual health, and how to spot the signs when they decline. This theme encourages students to make informed decisions about their own and others’ health in the future.
- Relationships. Throughout their future, students will need to develop strong relationships with many different people in many different contexts. This theme encourages students to think about managing emotions within both professional and personal relationships, and to respect individuals within a diverse community.
- Economic Wellbeing and Work. The aim of this theme is to demonstrate how students can become a productive member of the shared economy, as well as how to develop their financial skills in the context of real life. In addition, students are encouraged to think about improving their employability and presenting their skills in a working environment.
Post 16 students may raise funds or awareness for our yearly nominated charity or for any charity they choose. Those interested in fundraising are encouraged to speak in assemblies to raise awareness of activities and ways in which their peers can get involved.
All students in Year 12 are required to undertake work experience. While there is time allocated for this (a week during term 4), students are supported and directed towards appropriate placements from a database of opportunities in the local area. Students may arrange their own work experience; in this case the appropriate risk assessments and enrolment forms are necessary..
Our students are each linked with a tutor whom they see on a regular basis. Group activities include teambuilding exercises such as quizzes and discussions. Students have one-to-one meetings with their tutor on a termly basis to establish a good working relationship and to give students the opportunity to talk through their development both in their subjects and with their enrichment activities. The tutor is the first port of call if a student needs added support in their college experience.