Wider Opportunities and enrichment
Sixth Form Wider Opportunities
At North Chadderton Sixth Form College, we appreciate the importance of developing our learners as well-rounded young adults that have the key skills required to become work ready and life ready.
All Sixth Form students are required to participate in a number of different leadership and ambassadorial opportunities. These opportunities help build a wide range of skills in our students, including leadership, organisation, initiative, communication, resilience and time management; all of these are hugely desirable ‘soft skills’ that many employers and higher education institutes are keen for prospective candidates to possess.
There is a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available to Sixth Form students including being part of the Senior Student Team, NC News, dissection club, sport teams, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Young Enterprise. A selection of these are further explained below.
Alongside these opportunities, we support all students in finding work experience placements to prepare them for their future careers.
Senior Student Team
As the Senior Student Team, we aim to be role models to not only our sixth form but to the school as a whole.
We intend to tackle important matters including mental health, mentoring, student voice and forming strong links across the school.
We have the following teams:
- Charity and Fundraising
- Student Voice and Change
The Senior Student Team organise and run events including bake sales, the much-anticipated Christmas Markets and Valentine’s Day activities to help raise money.
We truly believe that the work we put in this year will ensure that all students in our Sixth Form uphold the values we know will result in the continuing success of all.
Young Enterprise is a charity set up to encourage young people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Their flagship programme – the Company Programme – involves students setting up their own business, designing and creating their own product whilst competing against other schools and colleges throughout the country to be crowned ‘Company of the Year’.
In the past, North Chadderton has been hugely successful in the Young Enterprise Company Programme. One of our previous teams 'Sweet Course Candle' dazzled judges with their range of dessert-scented candles and were close to winning the North West Final. Their MD Chloe Booth also won the North West Young Entrepreneur Award. Another team, 'Diverge', developed a range of mobile phone accessories that earned them a place in the Greater Manchester Final and following this, 'Flow', designed a product to prevent drink spiking, with their MD Nicola Webb achieving the accolade of North West Journey Award winner. The following year’s team, 'Refresh', designed an eco-friendly, personalised water bottle that won plaudits at the Young Enterprise Oldham Final and the team were awarded with the Best Presentation award.
Young Enterprise is one of the most highly-regarded extra-curricular activities by universities and higher education institutes. Skills and qualities that are developed as part of the programme are leadership, innovation, creativity, communication and presentation skills.
On top of this, any profits that are made will be split between the company members, so the more successful you are, the more money you will make!
Subject mentoring is a vital support mechanism for younger students in North Chadderton.
As a subject mentor, you will choose a subject that you are passionate about or academically strong in – this will often be one of your subjects – and support the learning of younger students within the subject.
You will work alongside teaching staff to act as a support member of staff in lessons, assist in revision classes and homework clubs.
Subject mentoring is rewarding in a variety of ways. Subject mentors build confidence with their interpersonal and communication skills, whilst also honing their ability to be a leader of learning. Subject mentors have found that seeing the improvement in students’ attainment and understanding within subjects has been hugely fulfilling and the skills and experiences that they developed were transferrable to their own learning.
Duke of Edinburgh
A D of E programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.
You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The programme is hugely popular with universities and employers as it helps develop a wide range of skills such as self-belief, self-confidence, initiative, a sense of responsibility, the ability to plan and use time, the ability to learn from and give to others in the community, new friendships, problem solving, presentation and communication skills, leadership and teamwork skills.