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Super Curricular Activities

As a school we aspire for all of our students to be well-rounded learners. Education is more than just subject matter, it is about embedding the values, skills and beliefs in our learners that in turn foster character, a sense of responsibility and an ability to cast a critical eye on the world in which they live.

Below is a list of calendared events throughout the academic year, along with a list of additional sources for students to engage with, in turn, developing an understanding and deeper knowledge of their subjects and world in which they live.

 

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SUBJECT MASTERCLASSES - details

The Masterclasses programme has been a popular hit with our students in Years 8-13 for a number of years, providing fun, engaging and interactive insights into what it's like to study at a selective university.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE SUBJECT MASTERCLASSES - details

These are subject-specific events that offer students a flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge. The Masterclasses

provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus including: Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, and Psychology.

 

LONDON  SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) OUTREACH - details

Mentoring, tutoring, pathways to Law, pathways to banking and finance, Saturday school. Often aimed at students from London schools but their free lecture

programme is open to all. 

 

LONDON  SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) FREE LECTURES - details

Free Lecture programme and podcasts.

 

STUDENT INVESTOR CHALLENGE - details

Each year, Year 12 can be part of a major competition, organised by the London Institute of Banking and Finance, which can last several months. It will provide a useful insight into trading in stocks and shares. The Student Investor Challenge gives students the chance to experience what it’s like being a stock broker in a fast- paced and competitive market. Teams, consisting of four members aged between 14 and 19, take control of two investment portfolios with £100,000 of virtual money for each one to invest in the stock market.

 

ETON SUMMER SCHOOL: July in Year 12 - details

For your most highly achieving students in Year 12 with Grade 8/9 at GCSE. Ten day residential at Eton College. The residential course costs but those on a bursary can apply for financial support. Only 120 students can attend and location and being a state school are factors.

 

SUTTON TRUST SUMMER SCHOOLS - details

Fantastic summer schools at one of twelve partner universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, KCL, Nottingham, Oxford, St. Andrews, UCL,

Warwick, Royal Veterinary College) for high achieving students from low or middle income families. The Summer Schools are 100% free. There are 130 different

courses across 11 of the UK’s top universities. The dates for the Summer Schools vary by subject and university.

 

 

OXFORD UNIVERSITY UNIQ SUMMER SCHOOLS -details

UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of two activities: UNIQ Digital or UNIQ Spring and Summer. Register between November and February if interested.

 

FUTURELEARN (MOOC) - details

 

A range of short online courses to deepen subject knowledge through this amazing MOOC site (Massive Open Online Community). Very useful for stretch and challenge and a students’ personal statements. Free to access and complete each course though there is an optional payment for a certificate.

 

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK PODCASTS - details

A wide range of podcasts from politics to engineering.

 

MATHEMATICS FOR NATURAL SCIENCES WORKBOOK (UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE) - details

Pdf document to download full of maths problems - provided by Faculty of Mathematics.

 

MILLENIUM MATHEMATICS PROJECT - details

University of Cambridge provide this helpful site with ideas to explore mathematics

in greater depth.

 

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD - 'EXPLORE YOUR SUBJECT' - details

Explore the resources or select a subject area such as Humanities or Social Sciences, followed by a specific subject (Classics, English, etc.).

 

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD READING BANK - details

University of Cambridge provide this helpful site with ideas to explore mathematics in greater depth.

 

TEDTALKS - details

Great entry level strategy as students can simply search by theme and then watch a Video.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - ART - details

'Only artists' - two artists talk about their creative work - the conversation is free-flowing. Choose the pair talking.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS - details

'Bottom Line' huge array of topics. 30 mins podcast with 2-3 people interviewed on a business theme.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY - details

'Computing Britain' - 75 years of UK computing history in developing the technologies we rely on today.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - GEOGRAPHY - details

'Costing the Earth' - fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - HISTORY - details

'The Long View' - stories from the past are compared with current events.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – LAW - details

'Law In Action' - lots of podcasts on law theme.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – MATHEMATICS - details

'More or less; behind the statistics - themed podcasts which debunks statistics in the news by exploring the evidence.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – NATURAL SCIENCES - details

'Inside Science' - obvious theme - great for science students. Might be some good ideas for the EPQ.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – PHILOSOPHY - details

'Moral Maze' - Accessible discussion about morality. Might be some good ideas for the EPQ.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – PHILOSOPHY - details

'The Public Philosopher' - Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – POLITICS - details

Political thinking with Nick Robinson' - political journalist, Nick Robinson, explores various themes.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – POLITICS - details

Yesterday in Parliament' - kind of obvious really but great for politics students to keep up-to-date.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – PSYCHOLOGY - details

'All In The Mind' - huge array of podcasts for those interested in psychology.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – SCIENCE - details

'Putting Science to Work' - scientists work out how science can best be put to work to solve a pressing problem facing society.

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS – SOCIOLOGY - details

'Thinking Allowed' - Professor of Sociology addresses various themes and new sociological research.