An education is so much more than just what is learnt in the classroom, and it is for that reason that at St Bede's we offer an extensive array of enrichment opportunities*. Whatever interests and talents an individual has, we hope they will find something exciting to get involved in at St Bede's.
In order to maximise learning, our Sixth Form provides you with opportunities to learn from professionals. Recent activities have included a talk from a history professor about the subject at university, seminars in geography to discuss topics studied throughout the course and a visit from the local MP to discuss government and politics. Business and economics students are offered a number of opportunities to meet with people from the world of business and economics. Events this year include a talk on digital marketing by the CEO and senior managers from Jellyfish digital marketing, a practical marketing challenge for Year 12 students led by serial entrepreneur and St Bede's governor Iain MacLean and a visit from Simon Kirby who is a senior economist with the Bank of England and will be talking to A level economics students. When COVID-19 restrictions allow, we will also resume our annual visit to Brussels to learn about the UK's relations with the EU, and the Polecon conference which boasts high profile speakers from the media, politics and academia.
Students are also offered the possibility to gain from real-world experiences. Politics students take part in Question Time at the local council, whilst business and economics students have the chance to get involved in the management consultancy of a local charity. As well as these opportunities, several groups of students have been entered into competitions in their subject, such as the British Physics Olympiad, and a national business and economics competition.
The music and drama departments frequently attend theatre productions or concerts to supplement their in-class learning.
Under normal circumstances, St Bede’s students also get the chance to benefit from exciting opportunities further afield. These range from the annual psychology visit to Marwell Zoo, the history trip to Washington DC every other year, a geography field trip to Iceland, an art and photography visit to Paris and a joint history, sociology and psychology trip to Poland, including Auschwitz. We also organise an annual expedition to Tanzania in conjunction with the charity GoMAD, where students get the opportunity to work on community projects and experience local culture.
There is a senior orchestra and choir where sixth form students take the leading roles, as well as regular performances of various musical groups both in and out of school. Much anticipated events in the school calendar include our Act I and Act II concerts and the ‘Slide’ band tour to Derbyshire. Music students also get the opportunity to go to performances at the Royal Festival Hall and the English National Opera.
There are excellent sports facilities and opportunities at St Bede’s and students have access to the fitness suite for free.
At St Bede’s there is the opportunity for sixth form students to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is increasingly popular with our students, and the skills and qualities gained are invaluable.
We attend the Oxford and Cambridge student conferences and support applications for Headstart, Medicine, Vetcam and the Oxford law conference to mention but a few. We also encourage students to get involved in university visits, which are often organised by the school.
A highlight of the year is the annual RAG Week, organised by sixth form students. In 2021, £7,111 was raised for our chosen charities.
* Please note: We will be following guidance from the Department for Education regarding school trips, clubs and activities during the coronavirus pandemic and this may impact the full range offered in 2021-22.
For more information about the subjects on offer in the sixth form, please click here.