Sixth Form pupils recognise the need to support the whole school commitment to raising money for local and national charities. This is managed by the Sixth Form Charities Committee, which meets on a regular basis and co-ordinates the fund raising activities. Each year many different activities take place, ranging from whole day activities supporting ‘Children in Need’, to coffee mornings supporting the MacMillan Cancer Support Charity. The purpose of this commitment, to supporting charities, is part of a wider remit of Sixth Form education in the hope that pupils will develop a greater understanding of the needs of others, both close to Caldicot and to needy communities across the world.
The Prefect system enables pupils to be recognized for the contributions they make to the life of the school. Prefects are often keen to fulfill specific roles such as providing literacy or numeracy support to younger pupils, raising money for specific charities, or acting as guides for important school events. The Head Boy and Head Girl are ambassadors for the school and represent pupil voice on the Pupil Liaison Group. They play a significant role in leading prefect teams and take great pride in representing the school at external events.
Masterclasses, University Competitions and Taster Days
Universities offer a range of opportunities to Sixth Form pupils throughout the year. Such events give pupils the opportunity to explore a subject of their choice at degree level. Events are promoted via Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Twitter feed.
Many Universities now offer summer schools to pupils considering applying to their institution. Designated staff promote events as they arise and provide one to one support with applications. Successful applications this year included:
- An Archaeological Dig excavating a medieval site in West Wales.
- A Genes Week Summer School with University College London (UCL).
- A Welsh Language Residential Event in North Wales.
- A two week Doctor Camp in the Czech Republic.
Sutton Trust Summer Schools
The Sutton Trust Summer Schools provide the opportunity for high-achieving Year 12 pupils to get a taste of pupil life at a research-led university. The Trust and the universities meet all the costs incurred by the pupils which include travel, food and accommodation, trips and activities. There is significant competition for places at Sutton Trust Summer Schools; more than 3200 pupils applied for just 500 places during 2012/13 alone. Staff are designated to support pupil applicants and two of our Year 12 pupils this year were fortunate to achieve a place.
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