From astrobiology and poetry to human rights, pupils are given the opportunity to not only learn but engage in different areas of scholarship. With societies dedicated to English, the humanities, foreign languages, the sciences and philosophy, pupils are also encouraged to explore their subjects beyond the curriculum.
Wider scholarship is also nurtured through activities including Oxford and Cambridge Schools debating, Debating Matters & European Youth Parliament.
All Year 9 pupils at Gresham’s get the opportunity to experience an enrichment programme on Friday afternoons.
In the first part of the afternoon (2.50-4 pm), each pupil chooses an area of specialism that they want to spend the whole year enriching. The opportunities include academic, art, drama, music technology, creative writing and classical civilisations. The aim of these sessions is to really stretch and inspire pupils in their chosen area of specialism. In academic enrichment for example pupils learn the skills of public speaking, explore topical issues, consider sensory perception and learn Esperanto, in classical civilisations they explore the stories, mythology and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, whilst in art, music technology, drama and creative writing they get a chance to experiment with their creative talents to the full.
In the second part of the afternoon (4.40-5.25 pm), pupils rotate around a three-week cyclical programme in small groups exploring a diverse range of activities – leadership, Psychology, cryptic crossword solutions, American football, debating and are taught basic CPR and the recovery position. First team sports players also get the opportunity to receive an additional specialist coaching session.
Year 9 enrichment aims to encourage students to explore beyond the standard curriculum and to acquire important specialist skills.
At Gresham’s we feel strongly that pupils should not merely be educated to fulfil curricula, but that they should also be given access to the sort of knowledge that will enable them to enter debates and offer opinion about the world in which they live. For this reason, on Friday afternoons, all Year 10 students participate in an Academic Enrichment programme. The students are divided into small groups and experience a carousel of activities offered by members of staff. This year sessions will include:
- The legal system in the UK
- The political system in the UK
- The origin and meaning of democracy
- Key aspects of current affairs
- Globalisation: Opportunities and challenges
- Your Food: where does it come from?
- Financial literacy
- Art History 1: Symbols and myths
- Art History 2: Modernism
- The origins of our current theory of the cosmos
- North Norfolk: History and Geography
Year 11 pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme on Friday afternoons.