At Bishop Vaughan School, we are committed to developing our pupils’ potential and ensuring they are able to live a full life in line with our school mission statement. To support this, the school offers an extensive supercurricular programme.
WHAT DOES 'SUPERCURRICULAR' MEAN?
The curriculum is what our pupils learn in school. Extracurricular activities complement the curriculum by developing other skills and interests. Supercurricular activities are different – these are activities and opportunities that take pupils beyond their school curriculum and ensure they have a deeper knowledge and understanding of their chosen subjects.
WHY IS SUPERCURRICULAR KNOWLEDGE NEEDED?
Many of our pupils are aiming to attend university, including some of the most competitive institutions (such as Oxford and Cambridge). These universities value supercurricular knowledge. They expect applicants to have read around their subject, know about the latest research in the subject or identify recent discoveries or debates. Universities also expect applicants to show evidence of independent study outside of their school work. Some university courses also expect applicants to have relevant work experience. Supercurricular knowledge and experience is, therefore, essential.
HOW DOES BISHOP VAUGHAN SCHOOL SUPPORT SUPERCURRICULAR NEEDS?
Bishop Vaughan School offers an extensive supercurricular programme, led by the More Able and Talented Co-ordinator. Provision includes masterclasses, delivered by academics and researchers from Swansea University, specialist workshops and projects, subject conferences and library resources dedicated to supercurricular knowledge. The supercurricular programme also offers additional support to sixth form students applying to competitive universities, including assistance in applying to residential summer schools, mock interviews and specialist UCAS support.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
For further information, please contact Miss K. Siddika via Twitter.