Students at Monk’s Walk have a programme of enrichment which is designed to develop their skills and interests in preparation for university applications, further education and the world of work.
Throughout year 12 we cover an engaging and varied PSCHE programme. This takes place every Friday Period 2 at 10:05am in the Drama Studio. We cover five key areas to help students prepare for their next steps. These include: Study skills, Wider World, Revision and Exams, Current Affairs and Future Pathways.
To complement this, we also run a Personal Development Programme for years 12 and 13. This takes place every Friday Period 3 at 11:30am in the Drama Studio and form rooms. Here we provide valuable assemblies, presentations, guest speakers and workshops on a range of useful topics. These include: Personal Safety, Resilience, Motivation, Wellbeing and School Council to name a few.
We encourage our students to find opportunities to enrich their lives, as well as offer enrichment to their community. Students have time outside of lessons where they can get involved and contribute to our school or local area. The options for this are varied and can range from being an in-school Sports Leader, volunteering at a local charity shop, or working towards a more sustainable environment. This is invaluable for sixth formers’ personal development, curriculum vitae as well as apprenticeship and UCAS applications.
Our sixth form students have a high profile in our school and take on Ambassador roles in key areas. This often involves supporting our younger students as role models in their field of interest or expertise. Again, we have varied options for participating in this, such as being an Ambassador in a particular subject area, House Captains or Pastoral support. It is a wonderful way to develop sixth formers’ own skills and confidence, whilst giving back to the wider school community.
Monk’s Walk offers a supportive programme to prepare students for the world of work. This is facilitated by Mr Moore and amongst other things includes 1:1 mock interviews with guest professionals, careers conferences, business days and a timetabled work experience week. Specialist careers advice is available for every student from the Sixth form team, Mr Moore, Connexions and external agencies whom we work closely with.
For students who were unable to gain a C grade in English or Maths, lessons are timetabled and are compulsory for these students so they can achieve these important grades by the end of their sixth form careers.