Sixth Form: Electives & Enrichment

Students will build an electives curriculum in addition to their A Level subject choices. They will select from a set of electives options. Below is a representative example of these:

  • The Big Think
  • How to Crack the Cryptic Crossword
  • Oxbridge and Competitive University Entry
  • Music
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • Have I got Views for You?
  • Medics
  • Yoga and Relaxation
  • Art: Expressive Portraiture Painting
  • Escape Rooms
  • Dance Your Cares Away!
  • Voice and Presence for Interviews
  • Delivering the perfect TED talk
  • Netball/Basketball
  • Table Tennis/Trampolining
  • Football
  • Dance
  • Fitness 
  • Italian for Beginners
  • Stock Broker Challenge
  • Mindfulness
  • Film Club
  • Reading the World
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Philosophy through Time
  • Young Enterprise
  • Python
  • All Psyched Up!
  • D&T Challenge
  • Textiles
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Lost in Space
  • Diversity in Literature
  • Amnesty International
  • The Apprentice

In addition, students will enrich their curriculum with a variety of possible choices, including:

  • Sport for All
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteering
  • Charity events
  • TED Talks

…..together with a host of other possibilities offered within each subject area each year.

The Cornerstones of the Laurus Trust: Academic Aspiration, Leadership and Service, Competition and Physical Endeavour and Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric.

Apertura

September 2020 saw the launch of the Apertura programme. Taking its name from Latin, meaning “opportunities about to open”, Apertura is a Laurus super-curricular programme designed to expose high achieving students to academic dialogue and independent research in preparation for applications to competitive universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

Through lectures from visiting academics, small group supervisions and independent research, Apertura students are widely engaged in academic thought and conversation. The programme runs through Years 10, 11 and 12, mirroring the three years of a traditional undergraduate Oxbridge college community.

The programme of study is broad and is designed to afford freedom for students, lecturers and supervisors. Apertura students will encounter and investigate a variety of topics taken from different subjects across three strands, each year.

Alongside supervisions and lectures, the Apertura Research Project provides an opportunity for students to pursue an area of their own interest. At the end of each year, students share and discuss their research findings with an audience from the Apertura community.

Apertura students are supported through the programme in other areas too, to build their confidence and resilience and ensure their wellbeing.

 

The three strands of Apertura

 

Social Sciences

(Human Society & Interpersonal Relationships)

 

Physical Sciences & Maths

(Practical & Philosophical Knowledge)

Humanities

(Human Culture)

Justice Chemistry History of Art
Law Physics Linguistics / Languages
Economics Geology Ethics
Psychology Philosophy Gospel
Politics Astronomy Comparative Literature
Sociology Logic English Literature
Anthropology   Classics
    History
    Geography
    Architecture
    Theology
    Musical appreciation
    Film
    Digital culture
 

Students have opportunities to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities, often as part of ‘The Edge’ programme every fortnight.

A high priority for leaders is that students contribute to the school and wider community, for example by volunteering at a local primary school.

- Ofsted