Students broaden their horizons with new initiative
Students have had an enjoyable first term of our brand-new Broadening Horizons initiative, which through an expansive extra-curricular programme aims to offer new experiences and build confidence.
In addition to what are seen as traditional after school activities, such as team sports and music, we launched a wide range of new clubs catering for varied hobbies and interests. These include Lego Club, tap dancing and Eco Club.
A total of 38 different offerings are available giving students the chance to enjoy a whole host of activities. Recently, members of the Adventure Academy, which takes place at the University of Worcester's Lakeside Campus, experienced bushcraft activities, and STEM Club members visited Malvern Festival of Innovation's Next Generation Innovators event and took part in a STEM careers seminar with representatives from Aston Martin.
Students who are part of the Bike Club enjoyed a trip to the Forest of Dean where they took on the Verderers, Countdown and Launch Pad trails, and have learnt about bike safety, off-roading and basic repairs.
Through the initiative we have also launched the Cultural Capital Programme with a view to expanding students' experiences through cultural trips and activities. These include visits to the Houses of Parliament, National Space Centre in Leicester, the Energy Show at Think Tank in Birmingham, and Goodrich and Raglan castles on the Welsh borders.
Mark Pollard, Headteacher, commented:
"We launched the Broadening Horizons initiative at the start of the new school year in September with the aim of changing the 3pm culture and making the school a place that encourages students to remain after the final bell. As much as we place importance on a rich and varied curriculum, we also value pursuits outside the classroom to ensure that every student reaches their full education and personal potential.
"It's been an overwhelming success, with over 450 students being active in school activities, and we look forward to offering more opportunities throughout the school year."