Teach First Futures Programme
The Teach First Future’s Programme is a mentoring scheme designed to increase a student’s likelihood of getting into university. It also provides work experience, matching students with a mentor who is in the field the student wishes to work in. The scheme also enables students to think more seriously about what they would wish to study at university.
Outreach with Urban Partners
The Sixth Form has established links, through its membership of the Urban Partners Scheme, which allow students pupils to attend homework clubs at local companies; one organized and hosted by Eurostar and the other by Grant Thornton. This enables students to carry out work in a safe and quiet environment. Further to this, Eurostar provides tutoring for students if they express a desire for help with a particular subject. Students also participate in schemes run by Deloitte, designed to give students the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurial fields.
Maria Fidelis is fortunate to have connections with local universities, which enabled students to be invited to lectures, masterclasses and taster days. Students are also able to apply for mentoring schemes, such as the K+ scheme at Kings College, of which four of our six applicants were successful. This scheme matches sixth formers with a PhD student at KCL and they receive not only mentoring but also a lower offer from KCL if they are successful.
Model United Nations
Model United Nations is a society that mirrors the debating activities of the United Nations. It is designed to increase knowledge of the core tenants of diplomacy. Students who take part in Model United Nations conferences are assigned a specific country and council; for example, a student might be assigned to the security council on behalf of China. This requires an immense amount of research from each individual student, ensuring his or her engagement with global issues.
Cultural Capital Society
Designed to increase the students’ cultural awareness and expose students to a wide range of ideas and concepts, this society offers the opportunity to engage with an extensive range of cultural artifacts and to discuss them. The CCS also organizes trips and events, such as a visit to the English National Opera to watch their production of Don Giovanni. There is soon to be a trip to see UCL’s drama society production of King Lear, set during the financial crash.
The film club is designed to enable the students to relax due to the higher stress levels of A Levels in recent years. Film Club normally takes place on a Friday night and enables students to have social time together and watch a range of great films that they may not have seen or heard of.
The Thursday Seminars are designed so that teachers or guest can deliver seminars on a particular aspect of academia that interests them or that they have particular expertise in.
So far, talks have been delivered on topics from the role of fashion houses in wars, the forgotten Holocaust of the Congo, the philosophical concept of the Self and Other and the impact of German constitution on Germany’s position within Europe.
As a Catholic school, it is a part of our ethos to develop a community in which everyone supports one another. Pursuant to this, community service was established. All students are expected to engage in at least one form of service; this year students have tutored younger pupils, helped supervise break-time, helped organize and run our senior citizens’ party and worked at local primary schools.
Oxbridge Interview Practice
Maria Fidelis, through staff links to other schools, has been able to facilitate the opportunity of certain students to experience mock Oxbridge interviews. Through this activity, students preparing for Oxbridge interviews have been given a greater insight into the process and are better prepared for the real thing.