‘The very best schools have well-developed opportunities for students to travel and undertake the very widest range of cultural, geographical and physical experiences, as well as to encounter a range of visiting speakers from all walks of life.’
Andy Buck, ‘What Makes a Great School’, 2010
Now more than ever, developing a thriving enrichment programme is an essential part of promoting employability, academic attainment and teaching young people the skills they need to make good choices. These skills have benefits well beyond the classroom.
A tweet from Tim Peake, the British astronaut living and working on board the International Space Station for six months, summed up perfectly the need for both character skills and work experience.
He wrote: “Character is important – a CV may get you the interview, but character will get you the job.”
A successful enrichment programme will promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that employers and universities look for, while also giving students the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions and truly go Supra Et Ultra
Our vision is to foster a positive attitude to life through Love, Hope and Trust, encouraging a love for learning, hope for the future and trust in the role models and relationships built through enrichment. These attitudes will be fostered through St Marks providing a rich learning environment full of arts, drama, sport, music and as well as, of course, academic rigour resulting in culturally rich individuals.