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We are increasingly aware of the competition that our young people face when entering the workplace and to this effect the huge emphasis that employers place on personal skills and potential. It is increasingly felt by employers and universities that school leavers are often poorly equipped for life after school. In particular, students are unable to think for themselves outside of the classroom and lack resilience and perseverance when faced with new challenges. It is therefore our aim to provide a programme of enrichment that develops the skills needed to be successful after Nonsuch as well as provide opportunities for every student to get involved. Year 12 students have the opportunity to volunteer in the local community on a Wednesday afternoon. This year, we have over 120 students working in local primary schools, charity shops and nursing homes. Alternatively, students have the option of staying in school and participating in an enrichment activity for fun. This year, students are involved in Art, Music, Sport and Young Enterprise.

Full advantage is taken of opportunities for travel abroad and for visits to museums, conferences, theatres and concerts.  Visits to university and college Open Days are encouraged.

In order to gain further insight into the world of work you will be encouraged, in your own time, to find a suitable work shadowing placement.  Sixth Form students take part in local and national competitions and training schemes, e.g. United Nations Public Speaking Competition, Nuffield Science Bursaries, Science Olympiads, National Art Exhibitions, Medical Conferences, the Engineering Education Scheme and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Clubs and Societies

Sixth Form students are encouraged to run and attend clubs and societies as well as promote the societies throughout school. And what is really exciting is that if you want to set up a society that doesn’t exist, we will actively support you to do this. Examples of clubs and societies available to students include:

  • Astronomy Club
  • Conservation Club
  • Christian Union
  • Debating Club
  • Feminism Society
  • History and Politics Society
  • Medics Society
  • Philosophy Society
  • Stem Club
  • The Literary Review

Individuals may also be approached by Heads of Department and asked if they would be willing to act as subject mentors for students lower down the school.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Sixth Form students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  In 2013 Nonsuch had over 270 girls enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and over 50 girls enrolled in the Gold Award.  

Activ Adventures run the expedition section of the Award, and they come into school to complete the training and liaise with the students.  Year 12 students are offered the opportunity to complete their expeditions in July and August so the expeditions are completed prior to the start of Year 13.  Locations for Gold expeditions may include the beautiful settings of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.  Students arrange to complete the other sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Residential.  It is possible to contribute to the school community when completing the other sections.  The Award is highly valued in the wider community.

Rag Week

Charities are actively supported throughout the school. One of the biggest fundraisers is RAG Week held in the Spring Term. The last RAG week was in March 2014 and saw the Sixth Form students raise over £5,000 for ‘The Make a Wish Foundation’. There is a Sixth Form committee who co-ordinate this event. Different activities, events and fancy dress themes are chosen for each day. In addition, the students organise evening events which family and friends are invited to support.