Enrichment

Sixth Form Enrichment

SWPS Sixth Formers are very fortunate to have such a wide-range of enrichment activities available to them. We encourage all of our Sixth Formers to take advantage of these opportunities and to get involved in the wider life of the school wherever possible.

If students have any thoughts about activities, clubs, or societies which we do not currently have, they can speak to a member of the Sixth Form team and every effort to support these interests will be taken. Many students have launched their own clubs and societies with considerable success and we are very keen to support and nurture students in these kind of ventures.

Leadership Opportunities

Games Captains

Games Captains will be ambassadors for not only the PE Department but also for the whole School. Younger pupils will look up to them as role models for SWPS sport and they must lead by example. We expect them to take a full and active part in PE life and help with co-curricular clubs in their chosen sport.

Throughout the year, their role will involve helping with and organising Sports Day, running inter-form competitions, assisting at tournaments, attending our sports awards ceremony, reading out PE notices in assemblies and writing the end of term PE report.

Games Captains apply for the role and once appointed they will be asked to sign a contract to confirm their commitment to fulfilling their duties.

Form/House Assistants

These are Senior Sixth students who attend Form Time on a weekly basis and help run tutor group presentations whilst staff conduct one-to-ones with their tutees.

House Assistants gain experience in leading and managing groups whilst the younger students really value the insight Sixth Formers can offer.

Junior Drama

For students in the Sixth Form, this is their chance to harness their writing and directing talent.

Students form teams in June after their exams and then write, cast, produce and direct a play for a Year 8 Tutor Group. These plays are then performed in November of the Senior Sixth and a Cup awarded for the best play.

J.D. is a real initiation into team management!

Yearbook Committee

The Senior Sixth can choose to produce a Yearbook as a record of their schooldays. In recent years, an online company has been used, but it is up to each particular year to decide how to proceed. They need to be aware of the following:

  • Deadlines for publication inevitably clash with the most stressful period leading up to A Levels; the earlier they start, the better!

  • Ideally, finished Yearbooks need to be delivered for distribution on the day of the Summer Ball;

  • Prices will have to be agreed and distribution arrangements planned;

  • The Head of Sixth Form will also need to proof read the Yearbook in good time before printing.

Prefects

Sixth Formers have the opportunity to become Prefects with particular responsibilities around the School. Some of examples of which are:

Subject Prefects
Students can apply to be a prefect for a specific department. Most departments make use of subject prefects at Open Days, Options Evenings, Departmental events and for activities such as writing or organising pieces for the school magazine. The subject prefect acts as a conduit between staff and students, much like a university course rep.

Charity Prefects
A number of Charity Prefects are appointed in the Senior Sixth as well as an appointed Charity Prefect Co-ordinator. They encourage Sixth Form charity ventures and assist with whole school charity work such as mufti days. The Charity Prefects and Coordinator hold regular meetings with the Charity reps from each form to encourage fundraising events both within the forms and Houses. In the end of term assemblies, the Charity Prefects read out the Charity Report with news of various form charity events, house and whole school events and the total monies raised that term. They update the charity noticeboards outside the IT rooms and also contribute to the content of the House notice boards outside the dining hall. They also sit on the Charity Committee, chaired by the Charity Prefect Co-ordinator, which meets half-termly.

Drama Prefects
The Drama Prefects are key personnel in communication between the Department and students, giving out notices during assembly and registration and in providing an end of term report in whole school assemblies. They provide a sounding board for staff in the discussion of issues related to the Department, including approaches to learning and assessment. The prefects may also chair meetings with class representatives, leading discussion on issues relating to the Department. They are also expected to assist in the running of weekly Drama Clubs for the Lower School.

Ghana Prefects
The Sixth Form Ghana prefects’ primary role is to be the link between the students and the Ghana Co-ordinator. They will present mini-assemblies to the year groups eligible to go on the next student visit, advise students considering signing up, run the Ghana Club, organise events during ‘Ghana Week’ and co-ordinate the fundraising events of those on the next trip; these raise money for the project work to be undertaken by our students during their visit to our partner school, Bantuma Junior High in the port of Elmina.

Music Prefects
The Music Prefects attend the Music Scholars’ weekly meeting with the Director of Music during 1st Rec on Tuesdays to keep up to date with events being planned by the Music department. They take the Scholars’ register so they get to know the Scholars well. The Music Prefects are responsible for writing and delivering the Music Department reports for the end of term assemblies. They assist with the general organisation of lunch time and evening concerts, performing various roles such as front of house and runners. They also assist the Music staff during the Open Evening.

Marketing Prefects
Marketing Prefects assist the Communications & Admissions department with their activities. These could include assisting at promotional events, manning exhibition stands at feeder schools, undertaking mailing campaigns, touring school visitors, attending lunches with school guests and representing the school to external audiences.

Other Prefect opportunities can become available depending on the demands of that year.

DofE Gold Trainers

Students who decide to embark on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award in the Lower Sixth have the opportunity to become a ‘Gold Trainer’.

Each Gold Trainer takes responsibility for a group of Year 9 students who have just started the Bronze level of the Award and they are supported by the DofE Manager. They meet with their group once a week, usually during the lunch break and act as Teacher and Mentor, providing training on various subjects to be covered as part of the Bronze Award.

Study Buddies

Sixth Form students act as a ‘study buddy’ to a younger student who is finding a particular subject challenging. A sixth former who studies this subject will meet with them regularly to help with revision or go through topics.

Centre Managers

Two Senior Sixth formers are responsible for the day to day running of the common room and tidiness, liaising with the site supervisors as required.

Christmas Pantomime

Each year, the Senior Sixth write, produce, direct and star in the Christmas pantomime.

The Panto Team negotiate with members of staff, plan rehearsals and design sets all to a tight deadline.

School Production

Sixth formers regularly help out with the organisation of the School Production. Roles can include stage management, helping with set design, sound, lighting and in rehearsals.

The Sixth Form Committee

Members of each Sixth Form Tutor Group elect their own reps each term.

Responsibilities include membership of the Sixth Form Committee.

Each tutor group rep will take it in turns to chair these meetings.

Summer Ball Committee

A Summer Ball is held at the end of the Summer Term for the Senior Sixth leavers. An introductory meeting is held in the Summer Term of the Lower Sixth and a Ball Committee is formed.

The Ball Committee is responsible for organising:

  • the venue

  • entertainment

  • decorations

  • ticket design and sales

  • sponsorship and independent fundraising

  • and ensuring financial control

The 'Little' Extended Project

The Little Extended Project is an in-house mini version of the full EPQ taken by students in the Sixth Form. It is offered to pupils in Year 9 and is supervised by Lower Sixth formers who are completing their own EPQ. It is a great opportunity to develop leadership, teaching and coaching skills as well as helping the Lower Sixth to better understand the demands of their own EPQ.

Co-Curricular Activities

Christian Union

Christian Union, open to all year groups, alternates between:

  • C.U. Lite - with games and testimonies

and

  • C.U. Deep - which is discussions and debates on questions and issues, and exploring religious philosophy.

Debating

Debating is a fun, interactive club which is designed to improve each student’s ability to form balanced, informed arguments and to use reasoning and evidence effectively. The benefits of debating are numerous; from gaining broad knowledge spanning several disciplines outside their normal academic subjects to increasing confidence, poise, and selfesteem. We also train students to work effectively as part of a team and help them develop their ability to listen attentively to each other, respond to views they do not share and adapt their own.

There are two debating clubs in the school, (Y7-9 and Y10-13) who both meet weekly to run formal debates, discuss issues that concern them and simply to argue with their peers! Both clubs interact with each other, with senior students judging junior debates and helping them to choose their motions.

Each year we enter a range of regional and national competitions, such as Debating Matters and the Cambridge Union events. Past titles include:

  • Humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence;
  • Gender quotas in the workplace are good for equality;
  • Britain should pay reparations for its role in the slave trade;
  • The UK should introduce a levy on sugary drinks.

DofE Gold Award

Sixth Formers can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at Gold level, even if they have not previously completed the Bronze or Silver Awards. They are encouraged to complete Gold during the Lower Sixth so that it can be recorded on their UCAS form, although they can complete it at any time up to the age of 25. Students should be aware of the time commitment required, particularly if they wish to lead a Bronze group for their Volunteering section.

SWPS held its inaugural joint International DofE expedition to Slovenia with Kingston Grammar School in July 2019!

Engineering Education Scheme

The Engineering Education Scheme involves a team of up to six Lower Sixth students, studying science and maths subjects, working on a real-life engineering project set by a business sponsor; in recent years these have included BP and Balfour Beatty.

The team is introduced to the programme through a Scheme Launch attended by all schools taking part from this region, and students then meet once a week after school to consider solutions to the challenge set. They attend a two day Residential Workshop at a university in January, where they use the extensive engineering facilities to help produce working models or demonstrations of the principles behind their ideas.

At the end of the year, their projects are presented to a panel of senior engineers for assessment at the regional Celebration and Assessment Day at the BP Headquarters in Sunbury. The students are eligible for a Gold Crest Award and Industrial Cadet Status for showing sufficient effort and achievement.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to the present moment, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. It has become extremely popular in recent years, as there is a growing amount of scientific evidence to prove the benefits it can bring. Mindfulness has been shown to improve health and wellbeing, help people to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and improve mood and relationships.

This 9 week course known as “.b” (stop and breathe) has been specially developed for young people and uses practical breathing and meditation exercises, combined with film clips and other fun activities.

Model United Nations

MUN provides an opportunity to research contemporary issues in world affairs, practice arguing and public speaking and develop teamwork skills in spontaneous and impromptu situations.

They meet weekly for debates and host our own internal teaching conference in the Summer Term. They also attend a wide range of external conferences where they represent the views of pre-selected countries on a series of important issues.

In recent years this has seen them travel to Paris, Manchester and more local conferences such as the biggest in the UK, at Haileybury College. It is excellent preparation for a whole range of university subjects and most importantly it is a challenging yet fun and engaging activity.

Stonewall

As a Stonewall Champion School, we are delighted that our Stonewall Group meets weekly to provide a forum for discussion and information-sharing in relation to LGBTQ+ rights, politics, advice and issues.

The group is both inward and outward facing. It seeks to meet the needs of students in school who have questions and wish to be better informed on LGBTQ+ matters, whilst also looking at the wider world in terms of media coverage, legislation and representation.

The Stonewall Group also works in partnership with SupportU, an external organisation in the Thames Valley for young people seeking information and advice about LGBTQ+ issues. Together we deliver a training programme for those students who wish to train as SWPS Diversity Ambassadors. Such students take a lead in communicating with school leadership and providing a student voice on all diversity matters.

The School Magazine

Sixth Formers can volunteer to serve on the Editorial Team of the SWPS Magazine. This provides very valuable experience, especially for anyone interested in journalism, the media, English, design, or photography as future career areas.

SWPS MBA

The SWPS MBA was introduced in September 2019 and requires students to complete three separate enterprise tasks over the course of a year:

Part 1 – Realising Potential Business Course:
During this two-day long course, the students will be taught how to be successful in crowdfunding, project management, and how to develop realistic business concepts in order to solve some of the most pressing social or environmental issues at the moment.

The course encourages entrepreneurial skills, such as creativity, strategic thinking and initiative-taking. It is also a unique opportunity for our students to engage with professional entrepreneurs, learn more about the possibilities of the industry, and gain confidence in pursuing their own ideas in the future.

Part 2 – Peter Jones Enterprise Competition:
Tycoon is a unique national enterprise competition. Every participating team writes a business plan, is lent money, and starts a business and trades, competing with other student companies through a sophisticated kickstarter-style platform, in a safe and controlled environment.

Part 3 – Reaching Potential Business Course:
The pinnacle of the school's MBA is taking part in Reaching Potential course. During the 2-day course students will be asked to develop a group project addressing a real-life business problem of a multi-national firm. The course develops students’ abilities in public speaking, project management and initiative-taking, while working in a business environment. It is also a unique opportunity for our students to gain professional insights of the industry, meet established entrepreneurs and think further about the potential career venues.

The MBA programme is an invaluable experience for all those who participate. Whether or not your child believes a career in the world of business or industry is for them, we believe every student could benefit from this opportunity.

The school's MBA programme includes a place on both of the business courses with 7billionideas and taking part in the Peter Jones competition. At the end of the course, students will be awarded a certificate that can be included in their future University applications.