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Charles Darwin School

Additional Opportunities

All of our students complete regular voluntary work in the community and the school supporting literacy and EAL students and ensure they have work experience completed by the end of Year 12.  We provide opportunities to develop leadership, team work, physical recreation, team sport, presentation skills, interview skills, problem solving, debating, reading and researching, and participation in live show performances, dance competitions, music and travel abroad.  The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ ) is offered to all pupils at the end of Year 12 as a voluntary extra  award as it is highly regarded by universities as a preparation for further study.  As a result of this our UCAS and job applications are fully developed to show an ‘all-rounder’ capable of academic study and social integration.  Our UCAS applicants are fully supported throughout the whole entry process including results day for adjustment and clearing if necessary.

Every year the Sixth Form raises over £2,000 for charity: our main focus is the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ but we also support the Rumanian Christmas Box appeal (sometimes our students help to deliver the boxes in the orphanages), and another charity nominated by Year 13 every year.  The Senior Prefect team, as well as supporting the school, organise social events for the Sixth Form on a regular basis, charity events, mentor and support Year 7 students, and complete leavers' arrangements. An annual event is the Sixth Form leaver’s BBQ and Ball to say goodbye in an often emotional celebration. Overseas trips include skiing in Year 12 at Easter and an African Adventure working and teaching to aid the community in the summer.