For Years 9 - 11, there is a vibrant range of enrichment activities offered by each department. These include the Maths Society, Brilliance Breakfasts, Science Club, Millfield Writers, the Year 10 Enterprise competition, Computer Programming Club, the Festival of Languages, the Year 11 Physics Challenge and the Debating Society.
In Sixth Form, pupils may complete a research project in the first weeks of their Lower Sixth year, designed to introduce them to research skills and to sources of information and opinion that they might not ordinarily encounter in the course of their studies. Sixth Formers then have the opportunity to work for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which allows pupils to develop a range of skills that will prepare them well for university life and to begin to explore a particular area of specialization.
Our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme consists of lectures and events hosted by academic departments and by the Academic Society. These are all designed to inspire curiosity and a spirit of enquiry by exposing pupils to material that is quite distinct from the taught curriculum.
Enrichment and Trips
We support our pupils in a large number of external competitions, including Olympiads in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Linguistics and Informatics, the Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenges, the Millfield Maths Challenge, the Naval Engineering Challenge, the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition, European Youth Parliament, Model United Nations, Bank of England Target 2.0, the Omnibus Translation Competition, and essay prizes offered by Oxford and Cambridge colleges. We also run a rich programme of trips to performances, exhibitions, lectures, and debates.
In the Sixth Form, our Oxbridge Programme specifically supports those students making an application for both Oxford and Cambridge as well as highly competitive courses across the UK such as Medicine. The Programme is overseen by our Head of Academic Culture, Lily Noall. Candidates are supported in a bespoke way across all aspects of their application, in Lower Sixth they join subject specific supervisors for tailored mentoring sessions and workshops. As students progress to Upper Sixth, these sessions focus on refining competitive personal statements and ensuring they are well versed in their subject. The Upper Sixth will also receive admissions assessment practice and mock interviews, we aim to strike a balance between students feeling supported but not over-prepared. We engage with the local community by working with local schools to offer students in the summer of Lower Sixth the opportunity to meet with students who share their passion and drive, facilitating through Oxbridge Preparation Day the chance to practice problem-solving, communication and analysis skills which are vital at interview.
"Academic Extension is about giving students something different to do, such as tasks that really get them thinking and engaged in the lesson. Going beyond the syllabus is an important aspect of provision for academically able students."
Head of Academic Extension