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Extra Curricular

Duke of Edinburgh

SPH has a well-established and well-supported DofE Award Programme, and the Sixth Form can take part at either Silver or Gold Level.  Both Levels are open to ‘direct entrants’ (i.e. no-prior experience of DofE is required).  The expeditions are run by experienced and qualified staff, and participants will have access to our school kit (tents, maps, compasses, stoves and rucksacks).

Silver Award
  • 6 days on expeditions (Autumn Term, with afterschool training sessions)
  • Training and Practice Expedition Autumn Term 1 (New Forest)
  • Qualifier Expedition (Surrey Hills)
Gold Award
  • 15 days combined Training and Expeditions
  • Training Weekend: Autumn Term 1 (Brecons)
  • Practice Expedition at Easter (Brecons)
  • Qualifier Expedition July (Lakes)

Volunteering

We encourage students to get out into the community and volunteer their time, not only because we know how incredibly important it is to give-back, but it is an opportunity for students to learn more about different work places, develop their skills and get closer to understanding which career path they might want to pursue. At the beginning of the academic year we invite a representative from Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester to come in and speak to the students about the importance of volunteering, encouraging them to sign up to the many opportunities which exist. Each year we have students use their enrichment time to volunteer in local primary schools or act as reading mentors within the school. In addition we have a number of students who volunteer in their own time at St Richard’s hospital.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We are fortunate to be able to offer The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to all of our Sixth Form students. This qualification is equal to an AS-Level in UCAS points and hence not only does it have value in its own right, it also counts as a university accredited course.

Employment Opportunities

During the school day there are a number of employment opportunities open to the sixth form students, from supporting the canteen staff on lunch duty to being a teaching assistant for a number of hours each week. We encourage all students to apply for such roles, not only because it is a great way to earn some money, but is a wonderful way to feel a part of the school community. And of course it helps develop many skills which will of course look great on a CV.

Guest Speakers

We recognise that in order for our students to get a clearer understanding of what their future might hold, it is important for us to present them with as many different opportunities as possible. Inviting guest speakers in from different professions is vital to open the students’ minds and each year we try to get in as many as possible from speech & language therapists to typhoon pilots in the RAF and criminal barristers.

Mentoring

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