The enrichment programme at Elliott Hudson College enables students the opportunity to develop new interests, become more knowledgeable and skilled in an area, boost their self-confidence and benefit from doing something away from their main academic subjects. Increasingly, employers and universities say they are looking for applicants with a wide range of employability skills; the CBI say that over 70% of employers want employability skills to be a top education priority. These so called “soft skills” such as independence, team working, communication and problem-solving are developed through these extracurricular activities and will make our young people competitive applicants as apprentices, employees and university undergraduates.
A record will be kept of all the activities each student participates in and the details are then used by their guidance tutor to write a reference for UCAS and/or employment. There is a broad range of activities on offer that will help prepare our students to meet the world of work or further study with confidence and commitment.
EHC provides an exceptional enrichment package for all our students. At EHC we believe that students should have plenty of opportunities to access a range of activities that will enrich a traditional academic curriculum.
Each Wednesday afternoon, the timetable is dedicated to enrichment opportunities and the following will give you a flavour of some of the opportunities on offer at EHC:
BAFTA Young Game Designers
Battle of the bands
Biology Club and Biology Lectures
Business and Finance Group
Couch to 5k
Duke of Edinburgh
Mental Health First Aid
Physics & engineering club
Performing Arts Society
Piano for beginners
Primary School Reading Scheme / Secondary School Reading Scheme
Social Action Society
Social Sciences Beyond the Classroom
Spanish for beginners
Spanish – improving speaking skills for A-Level students
Volunteering and Work Experience
Providing trips and excursions for students can not only boost academic success but also inspire life-long passion and enthusiasm in a given area. Throughout our first few of years, EHC is planning to provide some truly outstanding experiences for students outside of the classroom. As well as some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences detailed below, EHC will aim to offer the following visits throughout curriculum areas:
- Big Bang Science Fair, BirminghamNEC
- Media City, Manchester
- Houses of Parliament
- West Yorkshire Playhouse
- The Supreme Court
- Leeds Crown Court
- London Art Gallery Tour
- Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre, Malham
- Universities such as Leeds, York, Cambridge, Oxford and Huddersfield
In February 2017, we took 20 students on a ski trip to Sunday River on the East Coast of the USA. It will involve five days’ skiing across 820 acres and evenings packed full of activities such as bowling and ice skating. The group then headed to New York City to have an evening meal at Bubba Gump’s shrimp restaurant followed by a night/ day to explore the city, including various tourist sites such as the Empire State Building and Times Square.
EHC is strongly committed to developing students who are active citizens and who make a positive contribution to their communities. Alongside the volunteering opportunities we offer through the enrichment programme we also have strong links with the National Citizen Service. This is a programme which involves a week meeting new people and taking on exciting challenges at an outdoor activity centre, a week developing exciting new skills on a residential trip, and two weeks carrying out a social action project to make a difference to the world around you.