The Long Road Sixth Form College enrichment programme enables students to gain credits for a wide range of activities outside the classroom. Each student has an annual target, the aim being to help build up an excellent personal statement or curriculum vitae.
Students who gained more than 100 credits in the past year attended an award ceremony just after the official opening of the new Student Centre on 19th November, and therefore became the first group to use the new centre.
The Enrichment stars ranged from keen sportspeople, whether in football, cricket, hockey, roller hockey, badminton, netball, horse-riding or basketball, including the Long Road Basketball Academy and women’s basketball, to dancers, both classical and ballroom, martial arts practitioners, sport coaches and referees.
Some students had carried out voluntary work, including fund-raising for the Red Cross, hosting a hospital radio station, running cubs and scouts groups (and taking them to see the Paralympics), and helping with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
A number of students had made a substantial contribution to the life of the college as Peer Mentors, members of the Student Committee, and through attendance at the College Self-assessment Day and Learner Voice meetings, whilst others had represented the College on visits to secondary schools or at events in the College. Some had been active members of the College Equality and Diversity, and Faith and Belief groups.
One student had also gone further afield, gaining additional credits to his already impressive total by taking part in both French and Spanish work experience placements.
Assistant Principal Georgina Atkinson said: We are proud of our students for their energy and commitment. At the same time, it is crucial to remember that in a competitive job market, the young people who will make the best start in their careers are those who can provide evidence of a wide range of skills, demonstrate their enthusiasm and dedication, and show an awareness of the wider world.
Enrichment Manager Nigel Ballard, who gave out letters of commendation, comments: “We have worked hard to provide the best possible enrichment system at Long Road, with credits awarded systematically in different categories. I am very pleased not only with the large number of students receiving an award this year, but also by the breadth of experience gained by the whole student body.”
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