The Importance of Enrichment
Enrichment is at the very heart of SGGS Sixth Form and can be seen in everything we do. Our name is synonymous with academic excellence, but it is our focus on enrichment and the learning environment that truly sets us apart. Rather than simply treating enrichment as a necessary additional service, we ensure this is embedded in our culture and that all SGGS Sixth Form students understand how additional opportunities can help unlock their full potential.
By helping students to develop interests and abilities through learning experiences outside of studies, we foster the independence and interpersonal skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Believing in students, recognising them for who they are and encouraging their ambitions fosters a happy and engaging atmosphere that translates into all-round success.
We dedicate the entirety of Wednesday afternoons to the extended growth of students beyond academic achievements, using inspiration and enthusiasm as methods of preparing them for life beyond sixth form. This enrichment ethos applies to the whole school and provides another opportunity for sixth form students to engage with leadership opportunities, with some of the clubs run by them directly.
We have evidenced the impact of enrichment on young people; it helps to shape students into well-rounded individuals and directly contributes to the development of wider skills such as leadership, critical thinking and teamwork. This of course then has a positive impact on mental health, confidence and self-esteem. We agree with research that indicates that those students who engage with enrichment activities achieve better academically, so we encourage this behaviour wherever possible. We are always looking for new and exciting ways of enriching our students’ experiences and welcome input from the students themselves.
Our extra-curricular opportunities are exceptional, with incredible opportunities available to students with interests in sports, performing arts, science, music and much more. Learning and development is never restricted to the classroom and SGGS Sixth Form aims to inspire students beyond the end of each academic day. Whether it's getting involved with our charitable work, fundraising, travelling nationally and internationally on our regular sport and music tours, joining the Duke of Edinburgh programme, or simply going to Chess Club every week, there is an opportunity for every student to seek out and find an activity they enjoy as well as perhaps finding something they haven't tried before.
Sport is always very popular at our school and we have excellent facilities and links that will nurture interest in physical activities ranging from rowing and volleyball to table tennis and fitness club. On the creative side, music, art and drama also provide many opportunities to participate outside the classroom. We offer maths and computer clubs for those students wanting to further develop their concentration and strategic thinking skills as well as other options including Feminist Club, Debating Matters, Young Writers and Amnesty. In recent years, we have also got involved with the Oxford MUN (Model United Nations) Programme.
All of the extra-curricular offerings at SGGS aim to develop creativity, encourage participation and expand knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different beliefs and cultures. We strive for our students to gain a critical awareness of society and cultivate their desire to contribute to the wellbeing of others; making use of individual interests and talents by participating in a broad range of activities. We are proud that our extra-curricular opportunities contribute to fostering life-long commitments to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level.