Enrichment activities outside school
At CCHSG we aim to provide a challenging and stimulating education for all students to help them achieve their full potential. In addition to the curriculum subjects studied a wide range of extra curricular activities are also available at lunch times and after school. Teachers will identify links with their subject beyond the classroom so that students are able to follow up and develop further. In addition there are reputable external providers of enrichment activities; day long master classes, residential weekends and summer schools that you may want to consider.
External providers suitable for all students
IGGY: connecting and challenging the world’s brightest young minds
IGGY is an online community where bright 13 to 18 years from all over the world collaborate, learn and share ideas. It helps to challenge students academically and provides support with university applications, personal statements and career advice. Once a member, students can access a broad range of material that will bring a new dimension to their learning and thinking.
IGGY is part of the University of Warwick, who also fund the global educational network. Membership is free so all gifted youths can access a safe and friendly online support network. This is an excellent way for students to be exposed to new ideas, learn independently and ultimately will help improve students’ grades and understanding of certain subject areas. https://www.iggy.net/
GIFT is an internationally respected provider of courses for the exceptionally able, with a history of more than 30 years. They provide places where students can meet and learn with other youngsters who share their enthusiasm for taking on new ideas, without the curriculum constraints that even the best schools with the best teachers have to work to.
They run residential courses in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex and day masterclasses at the Tate Gallery in London. These run from November through to August each year. Summer bookings do sell out fast so if you are interested look at their website for further details. https://giftcourses.co.uk/
The Sutton Trust Summer Schools
The Sutton Trust Summer Schools offer an opportunity for over 2000 young people each year to try university life. The one week taster courses consist not only of lectures, seminars and tutorials, but also a varied programme of social activities, to give participants an accurate idea of life as an undergraduate at a research-led university. The programme runs in various locations such as Bristol, Cambridge, Nottingham, St Andrews, Imperial, Durham, UCL, Edinburgh, the Royal Veterinary College and King’s College London. This opportunity is only for year 12 students and applications open in January of each year and close in March. There is no cost at all for those who are successful in their applications.
UNIQ Summer Schools at Oxford University
UNIQ is an access programme which gives preference to high-performing students who display a low socio-economic status. They work with academics from across the University to offer both large popular courses, notably Medicine, Law or Physics, Classics, History of Art and Egyptology.
The summer school is designed to test a student’s ability and to challenge their understanding of a subject. The week is an intense experience of non-stop academic studies during the day, mixed with key social experiences in the evening. The students attending build long-lasting friendships with others who have similar interests to them. See http://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/ for application dates and courses.
They run an ‘Inspiring Excellence Programme’ which helps able young people to reach their academic potential, whatever their background. Master classes and week-long residential courses are available for students in Years 12 and 13 only. The courses are subject specific and represent content that goes beyond the A level curriculum. They are aimed at students who are capable of achieving an A or A* grade at A level.
There is a cost for their courses; however bursaries can also be applied for. To quality for a course students usually need to be studying the subject at A-level and considering taking it at degree level. Please see the Villiers Park website for more information about upcoming courses.
University of East Anglia
UEA runs a range of day long and residential activities for gifted and talented students in Years 9 to 13. They include 'Discover Days' where students can find out more about university courses in that subject and experience university teaching (these are free of charge), Summer schools and specific enrichment activities. There is a charge for their courses, but free and subsidised places are also available. See their website for more details. www.uea.ac.uk/giftedandtalented