Looking for summer holiday activities? You can view or download suggestions from the link at the bottom of this page.



Enrichment activities outside of school

At Colchester County High School for Girls 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 demonstrate links about their subject beyond the classroom so that students are able to follow up and develop further. As a parent you may be able to support your daughter's education by facilitating these links.

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 for your daughter.

This web page will updated regularly when details from external providers become available. Locally based activities during the school holidays for each subject will also be made available that you might want to consider taking your daughter to that will provide enrichment to her education.

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.


GIFT courses

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 residentials in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex and day masterclasses at the Tate galleries 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.

Our very own Year 8 student, Anna Kitching, features on the website video!


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

The 2017 UNIQ summer schools will see the University of Oxford host over 850 students from across the United Kingdom on 5 day residential programmes in July and August. (Sunday to Friday).

UNIQ is an access programme with goals and targets linked to the University's OFFA agreement targets (2 and 3). They give preference to high-performing students who display a low socio-economic status. In 2016 this accounted for 93% of attending students with the aims to increase this to 100% of attending students for their 2017 schools.

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.

Applications are open at 10am on 8th December 2016 and close on 24th January 2017.


Villiers Park

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 are also available to apply for.

To apply for a course students usually need to be studying the subject at A-level and considering taking it at degree level.

Courses that are still available to apply for and that are running in 2017 are Biology: ecology and evolution, Forensic Science, Hidden Histories: sourcing the past and Maths: clear cut or chaos. The application deadline is the 24th March 2017.


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.



University College London


 If you have any queries please contact the school and speak to the Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented: Sophie Pigott - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.