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Above and Beyond

Sixth Form is a time of educational exploration, extension and experimentation. Whilst maintaining a dedicated commitment to your chosen subjects you are also strongly encouraged to stretch yourself in terms of acquiring broader learning during this period.

This will benefit you in terms of your life chances, meaning that you are a more attractive candidate when it comes to applications for further study and employment, but it will also benefit you in terms of making you a more interesting and interested human being who is aware of the world around you and able to engage with important issues and ideas.

The attached list contains some suggestions for wider learning that is ‘above and beyond’ the curriculum. This is far from an exhaustive list and you are encouraged to ask your teachers for further suggestions and to be inquisitive in terms of exploring your own interests.

There is a ‘general reading’ list which should interest anyone and which contains a broad range of suggestions and also some subject-specific examples.

Reading List

Speaker Programme

An outstanding feature of our Sixth Form is our weekly speaker programme that runs during Wednesday afternoon enrichment. Students have benefited from a range of talks by visiting academics, politicians, campaigners, activists, authors, charity representatives and many more. This rich and varied programme has sparked some fascinating discussions and debates and has allowed students to explore current affairs and interesting issues, building useful skills such as critical thinking and helpful contacts that have led to work experience placements for some of our students.

Some of our guests have included:

  • Dame Tanni-Grey Thomson, member of the House of Lords and Paralympic medallist
  • Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett
  • BAFTA-winning film-maker, Tina Gharavi
  • Author of ‘Hunger Pains, Life inside Foodbank Britain’, (winner of the British Academy Peter Townsend Prize, 2017), Kayleigh Garthwaite
  • Professor Brian Ward, author of ‘Martin Luther King in Newcastle Upon Tyne’
  • Human rights defenders from across the globe, including activists from Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Ethopia and Sri Lanka
  • Students from Palestine
  • Representatives of local charities and organisations, including the foodbank, a dementia awareness organisation and refugee and asylum seeker groups


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