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Enrichment and Extra-curricular Activities​​​​​​​


It is our aim to develop well rounded students who leave Springwood with a competitive advantage. In Year 12, you will be expected to choose one of our enrichment courses, many of which lead to highly valued qualifications. But that's not all, we offer many other extra-curricular activities, from Challenges Abroad to leadership opportunities and clubs and societies. All aim to give you transferable skills for future study or the world of work.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Duration – 1 year

Springwood is a beacon school for the EPQ, and it is a popular option amongst our students - not least because it is worth half an A Level, offers additional UCAS points and many universities will lower their entry requirements for those who have successfully completed a project. Most importantly of all, an EPQ is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your knowledge beyond the curriculum and prestigious universities love that in a student. For more information, please click here.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Duration - 1 year

At Springwood Sixth Form, we are proud of the huge numbers of year 12 students who take up the opportunity to work towards the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Just like the EPQ, universities and employers value the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. It demonstrates important skills, such as communication, teamwork, determination and leadership. 

If you haven’t progressed through the Bronze and Silver awards, don’t despair: our expert team will find the best route for you. For more information, please click here.

Debating Society

If you join the debating society at Springwood, be warned: it can get very heated. Our debaters develop their knowledge, learn to think on their feet and have the opportunity to compete in national competitions. Not only that, but membership of the debating society looks great on any personal statement or application.

Challenges Abroad

We have invested in successful trips to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Peru in recent years. Run by Challenges Abroad and lasting two weeks, each trip has provided once in a lifetime opportunities to volunteer in schools and other community settings and to soak up some of the local culture.  Every student who has been involved has gained a new outlook on life and grown in confidence and resilience. There are also subject specific trips abroad for many subjects including STEM, Geography, History, Photography and Food Science.

Other enrichment courses include:
Level 1 Mandarin (duration – one year) An industry-standard First Aid qualification (duration – one term)
Teachers of Tomorrow (duration – one term) Level 3 Sports Leaders (duration – one year)
Latin and Classics  

Clubs and Societies

Many of our extra-curricular opportunities are run by our students in the form of Clubs and Societies. There is a wide range of clubs covering sports, music, the arts, baking and much more. They are an excellent way of pursuing your interests and meeting new friends. They also offer you the opportunity to develop leadership skills to enhance your employability. 

Further enrichment opportunities include:
An exciting range of opportunities for musicians - including various ensembles, concert band and tuition.   Mock Magistrates Court competitions
Drama Club   Sports clubs & societies
Employment workshops   Mock interviews & personal statement support
Visiting lecturers    

Below are some student viewpoints on the enrichment programme and extra-curriculuar activities offered here at Springwood Sixth Form to enhance your Sixth Form experience:

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