Sixth Formers at Read are able to particpate in a wide variety of events and experiences aimed at providing an enrichment to life as a student. Being a Sixth Former at Read is about so much more than study and offers opportunities not always available in other Sixth Form colleges and schools.
Opportunities on offer to our students include:
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - with the opportunity to achieve success at all levels; bronze, silver and gold. The Award shows no sign of losing its place in the minds of employers and universities as one of the most sought after qualifications in any prospective student or employee
CSA (Classroom Support Assistant) programme. This is a system of allowing Sixth Formers into the classroom for a subject they are proficient in to assist the learning of younger pupils, often allowing them to work alongside a team of teachers and teaching assistants
Students are encouraged to be part of one of the first team squads and to participate in sport at a competitive level. The first teams and their members are setting the standards and providing the role models for aspiring sports stars lower down the school. Sport in the Sixth Form is also about passing on skills to the younger pupils of the schooland those with an aptitude for sport are encouraged to be Assistant Coaches with the junior teams
The Thursday Lectures - in addition to the examination subjects offered, there are a number of evening lectures and social events scheduled over the year. These Wider Knowledge and Skills Evenings are designed to promote a greater awareness of the world at large. A diverse range of topics is covered, the ethos being that they should be useful and fun! They take place in various venues around the school and utilise expertise from speakers both external and internal to engage the students. Topics from the last two years have included:
• Globalisation, how our political world has changed over the past 10 years
• Personal safety awareness on the streets
• Forget CSI Miami: what does Forensic Science really entail?
• Fashion and music through the 20th century
• Promoting sexual health and drug awareness
• Applying to university – first thoughts and visit from UCAS
• Ready, Steady, Cook! – practical learning about producing good food on a budget in preparation for university
• Liberating your talent – a strategy for competitive advantage
• What have the Romans ever done for us? A look at Latin and Roman culture
• An evening of Salsa – learning the Hispanic dance
• Environmental Philosophy – how we are responsible for the plane
• Europe and our place within it; a visit from our local MEP
Building on skills learnt, the school has offered Sixth Formers (and Year 11 pupils) the opportunity to participate in expeditions overseas. Since 2007, we have had expeditions to Malawi, Thailand and Laos and Morocco. A further trip to Costa Rica will take place in the summer of 2013. These trips are perfect for Sixth Form students who want to experience first-hand a completely different culture, akin to the type of activity that many students would get involved in as a Gap Year, prior to going to university.
Our Sixth Formers also involve themselves in school life: as officers in the CCF (Combined Cadet Force); taking part in musical performances or drama productions; being senior prefects; important guides to visitors to the school on Open Days and at other public events.