All students in years 12 and13 have 2 lesson of PSHE per week where they broaden their knowledge through a range of topics and activities. Looking a t the Political system they took an active part in local democracy week, running a Question Time Activity with two local MPs. Guest speakers are invited to enhance learning and to provide thought proving ideas for future career prospects. This has led to a number of work experience opportunities for our students.
Students recently participated in Employability Skills workshops, working with Young Enterprise and Peacechild Organisation. The students’ involvement has provided opportunities for student leadership to educate our wider school community about the issues relating to Employability. Year 12 students lead a series of workshops for the year 10 students to support their continued learning and development prior to work experience. A group of year 12 students were invited to present these workshops at other schools in Hertfordshire. In addition, we are working closely with Deloitte, who will be mentoring students in the sixth form in preparation for university and future careers. Deloitte will also support the mock interview day which is an annual event, where leading business people hold a series of tasks and interviews with the students. Year 12 students also consider future careers at an event held by our partner school Sir John Lawes, guest speaker are invited to outline their career pathway and routes into many professions, this is followed by a careers fair, where students have the opportunity to ask questions.
With a number of budding thespians, Sixth Form students regularly participate in the very successful annual drama production and dance show. This is a fantastic opportunity for the school to showcase the skills of the students and yet again demonstrates the integration across all years. Sixth Form also enjoy visiting a range of West End Productions both for pleasure and to enhance their learning. Other school trips include; Equador, the French Markets and Disneyland.
As part of the community spirit that is at the heart of the Samuel Ryder community, all Sixth Form students are encouraged to work in a number of different ways to support the learning, social development and enjoyment of our younger students. Support for students with English as an Additional Language has enabled younger students to actively participate in the wider aspects of school. The clubs and mentoring offered by the sixth form demonstrates success for all.
We offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award for students in years 12 and 13. An internationally recognised award which values independent learning, community spirit and personal and social development through a programme designed to be supportive, flexible and above all, enjoyable. Students are asked to commit to voluntary work, learning a skill and developing sport or physical abilities. In addition, all students partake in two expeditions which take them hiking and camping around the countryside and surviving on their own skills, knowledge and cooking! The award takes between 6 months and a year to complete.
Year 12 students are invited to participate in either Young Enterprise or Dragons Apprentice. Students work in groups to design and market a product or service to raise money for a charity. This promotes essential transferable skills, team work, presentations and a greater understanding of business and professionalism.