Opportunities and Links
Community and Business Links
The school enjoys extensive community and business links. These links serve to :
- Enhance student learning.
- Raise the profile of the school within the community.
- Provide a service to partners within the community.
We are committed to maintain and develop those links which are already in existence, while always looking for opportunities to establish new ones.
We hold a bi-annual Community Reception where we bring staff, students and our community partners together to celebrate what has been achieved and to say ‘thank you’.
It is not possible to list every business and community partnership here, however regular reports appear in the half-termly edition of Newslines. Listed below are a sample of the projects established with our community partners:
- Young Enterprise: an extra curricular activity in which teams of students in Year 10 and 12 set up and run a business for a year, supported by advisors from local business organisations, such as NatWest Bank and Magna Housing.
- Work Placements: students in Year 12 can participate in Work Placements for a period of one or two weeks. These placements are provided through local business organisations, including: hospitals, schools, design practices, architects, boat builders, insurance, banks and travel agencies.
- Working Lunches students can talk through their career aspirations with professionals working within that career area, and gain valuable insights into a profession or vocation.
- Melcombe Day Centre: The English department has established very close links with the Melcombe Day Centre in Weymouth.
- Alzheimers Society: The Music and Dance departments have established an annual link with the Alzheimers Society.
- Links 4 Learning: We work closely with Links 4 Learning, providing a range of classroom-based projects through the year, particularly in Business education, and Health and Social Care.
- Operation Christmas Child: Students produce Christmas hampers for families and the elderly, distributed through Social Services. A sleepout each year helps raise funds for the homeless. Shoe boxes are filled by students and distributed by ‘Operation Christmas Child’.
- Sixth Form Charity Week: The Sixth Form Charity Week in the summer raises substantial funds for charities at home and abroad.
- Construction Challenge: Students in Year 10 build a house in a day.
- Year 10 Industry Days: Students participate in a range of problem-solving and team building exercises with a business focus.
Extra Curricular Programme
There is significant provision of academic clubs across the full range of subject areas. Here students receive extra support with course work, homework and revision. The Resources Centre is also open to students after school.
The school values and encourages a wide range of links with the local community in all curriculum areas and Year groups.
Students visit theatres, concerts, cinemas and art galleries, and take part in music and drama productions. Visiting speakers and workshops in Art, Drama, Music and English all help to widen the curriculum. The school runs its own English and Music Festivals each year. The school calendar publishes these dates annually.
A termly timetable details all homework, sport and music clubs.
The school has been recognised by the Education Extra Award for the quality of its extra-curricular provision.
Exchanges and Field Trips
Community links across the world are developed by a variety of exchanges to France, Germany, Spain and Missouri, USA. We maintain Europe-wide industry links with, for example, Daimler Benz in Stuttgart.
Other visits take place to Kennedy Space Centre, Berlin, Heidelberg, Madrid, New York, Paris, St. Petersburg and Washington. Field trips take place during the year for Biology, Geography, and History students.