Research and Enrichment
Expanding your horizons
Upper Sixth students spend two hours every fortnight taking part in enrichment activities as part of their timetabled curriculum.
Enrichment focuses on providing something different to the experience of regular lessons, enabling students to:
- Develop leadership skills
- Learn new life skills
- Challenge themselves
- Start new hobbies and develop new interests beyond academic school work
Upper Sixth students all undertake community service, with most getting involved in our primary schools partnership. Staff and students work with teachers and pupils in one of our 23 local partner primary schools. They provide tailored support including maths sessions and mentoring in subjects including art, history, science and technology.
Through these links, our pupils learn the importance of selfless service, develop a sense of social responsibility and acquire interpersonal skills.
In the Lower Sixth, pupils follow a bespoke programme of lectures and a carousel of activities, with the main aims of broadening their horizons and equipping them with the personal, social and employability skills necessary for the successful transition into adulthood and independent life.
The course covers a wide range of topics from pastoral (PSHEE, health and mindfulness) to careers and vocational training.
Developing lifelong research skills
We encourage all Sixth Form students to undertake a formal independent research project. This is an excellent opportunity to delve into a subject in depth, which brings its own rewards in terms of subject knowledge and study skills. This also provides excellent material for the university application process.
During the Lower Sixth year, students can complete one of the following projects:
Rouse Research Award
An internally-assessed research project where the marking focuses on the findings. Projects submitted are considered by a judging panel of governors and university tutors.
An example essay is available below by Mariam.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
An externally-assessed research project where the marking focuses on the research process. The EPQ is the equivalent to half an A level.
An example essay is available below by Jani.