Enrichment and Support — St Michael's Catholic College

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Enrichment: from The Classroom to The Boardroom

We offer a wide range of opportunities and enrichment activities which support our students’ progress into the world of work and Higher Education.

KPMG offer a work skills programme for students in Year 12 and 13, consisting of six workshops in total. The two-year programme develops students’ skills in presentations, interviews and team management.

Equally, PwC at More London have committed to a whole school approach, supporting the development of our staff and students in a variety of ways whereby some students join the ‘PwC Classroom’ for two years and enjoy careers training, development and support which involves recruitment opportunities or internships.

Sixth formers may also apply to become an SEO London Scholar through the College programme which provides one-to-one e-mentoring, training and internships, some paid.

In addition, to all of these enrichment programmes, students also have the opportunity to take part in the intensive Career Ready programme, offering structured mentoring and work place visits as well as the opportunity to take a paid summer internship at partner firms such as Barclays Bank and HFW.

Other enrichment opportunities available to our students are: the Girls into STEM programme, Dulwich College lectures, London K+ programme at King’s College, UNIQ Oxford programme as well as a range of competitions such as the ING essay competition and Catenian Association public speaking competition.

Three exciting recent developments with universities include establishing close links with Balliol College, Oxford; the University of London as well as King’s College, London for both Humanities and Science students respectively. These programmes have been expanded to more subjects and students for 2016-17 and prepare students for applications to Russell group universities.

Another Russell Group university, Newcastle University, have visited St. Michael’s for the last three years. Newcastle are one of the top 24 UK universities by virtue of their high research funding and academic performance. They will speak to students about the experience an undergraduate can expect to have at open of these top institutions. They also offer opportunities to student to spend a week in summer on campus, experiencing life as a student

Enrichment and Support in School

Towards University

From early on in Year 12 we encourage our students to begin thinking about what and where they would like to study .We regularly organise for speakers from different Higher Education Institutions to come and speak to our students as well as arranging visits to various open days. This year students from our sixth form have visited Warwick, Loughborough and Southampton Universities, as well as UCL, Queen Mary and Kings in London. Imperial College run a tutoring programme for groups of sixth formers in a range of subject areas throughout the year; and there is a dedicated UCAS evening in the Summer of Year 12. For this event representatives from UK universities present to parents and students on the process of applying to university and related issues such as university life and student finance.

The Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (or EPQ) is a chance for sixth form students to show university admissions tutors that they are capable of independent research work. As Cambridge University say “we would encourage students to undertake one as it will help develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.” Universities like to see that a student is doing an EPQ as it provides evidence that they have the skills that will allow them to flourish at university- some universities will make allowance for this in offers to students for places. EPQ is fully accredited as an A level and can count up to 28 UCAS points.

Pastoral Support

Form tutors have a central role in the life of the sixth form. They are the people that students go to in order to discuss their progress in their studies and any concerns that they have. They are the people who will support students in their exploration of different universities and courses or jobs and apprenticeships. They will help students to write CVs and UCAS statements and will tutor references.

Leadership Opportunities

Our Sixth formers are the leaders of the student body and we rely on their conduct around the school to set the tone and raise aspirations in the rest of our students. The Sixth Form Leadership Team provide the Head Boy and Girl and we will ask sixth form leaders to become mentors for students lower down the school, as well as using some of their subject expertise to support in lessons. Taking on a leadership role within the school and proving that they can have a positive impact is one of the things that will make a student stand out to universities and employers.

Enrichment Calendar

March 2017

March 6               Sandown Park: UK Apprenticeship Show- optional visits for Year 13 future apprentices.

March 8               Mercedes Gallego from COLA will visit St Michael’s to view good practice in managing students who ar creating artefacts for EPQ.

March 9               Year 11, 12 and 13s interested in Finance are invited to hear a presentation by Investment 2020 representatives.

March 16             Ellen Shields. Programme Manager at The Brokerage. will present on The City of London Business Traineeship programme and on apprenticeships.

March 22            Matt Baker, Attraction & Operations Assistant Manager from KPMG will present on key skills for the current job market to Year 13 BTEC students.

March 28            Situational testing and psychometrics training for Year 13 BTEC students.

April 2017

April 18                      Career Ready Students: deadline for completion of profiles and applications before internship process

April 19-                     Career Ready internship application process begins

May 2017

May 9                         Dr Waseem Yaqoob of Cambridge University History Department will launch this year’s St Michael’s Academic Lecture programme. His theme is “What is Democracy?”

May 30                       Academic revision workshop for Psychology A level

May 31                       Academic revision workshop for Computer Science A level

June 2017

June 1                        Academic revision workshop for maths A level

June 10-11                Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition to Caterham and Purley

June 27                      EPQ deadline: All Year 12s submit their second draft for consideration, 2017-18 entry decisions being made on the basis of the quality of these submissions

June 27                      Rachel Evans of Prudential will speak to prospective Year 12s about Education as part of a process leading to work.

June 29                      Prudential workshop for Year 12: maximising your application/ preparing for MMIs.

June 29                      UCAS Information Evening: presentation carousel with representatives from Oxford, Kent and Westminster Universities.

July 2017

July 4                       Dr Rachel Marangozov of The IES think tank will give the second lecture in this year’s Academic programme. Widely published, her research is in migration; and in today’s lecture she will reflect on the role of Brexit in creating a potential labour supply crisis. Read her work at http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/uk_5913287fe4b05e1ca203b974?ir=UK

 

July 8-9                    Duke of Edinburgh Expedition to Brockenhurst and The New Forest.

 

July 11                     A week after American Independence Day, Nick Lee of Royal Holloway will invite students to reflect on Jurassic Park and The Corruption of Hollywood.

July 17                    Career Ready students commence paid professional internships at Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Prudential, Standard Life, NHS Kent, British Land, HFW and The Printworks.

 

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