Enrichment Day: Futures and Professionalism

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Every year, our Academy hosts 3 full days of enrichment where students are given opportunities to develop skills outside of a classroom setting. These experiences range from educational trips and experiences, challenges, workshops, seminars, performances as well as working with professionals, and a community day. The second Enrichment Day of 2017-2018 academic year took place with the theme of ‘Futures and Professionalism’. Our students across the Secondary and Ark Globe Sixth Form enjoyed the day and the activities.

Some of our Year 7s went to the Science Museum. They tested the effects of friction and investigated sublimation using dry ice and cool lighting. Another group of Year 7s visited Kidzania, where they opened a ‘bank account’ and had personal ID cards. The rest of Year 7s went on a trip to the Mayor’s office at City Hall. They were very much impressed by the architecture of the iconic building and the view across the river.

Our Year 8s had several workshops during the day with the Young Enterprise to develop the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Some of the students had the opportunity to talk to two medical doctors about the profession and medical education. The students’ curiosity about human anatomy and health was praised by the doctors. Another highlight of the Enrichment Day for Year 8s was their trip to Burberry for some intense workshops on employability. Students also enjoyed learning about the fashion and textile industries at the home of a world leading brand.

Year 9s focused on university life. Trips were organised to City University, Goldsmiths College, University of London, University of East London, Sussex University, Brasenose College, the University of Oxford and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and enjoyed by the students.

Year 10s also focused on their futures and were invited to think about different career options. Different groups of students from Year 10 spent all day in Ernst and Young's offices in Canary Wharf, in Burberry HQ, Brands2Life, Lendlease and London Marathon Events offices. They were introduced to professional pathways in communications, the charity sector, law, sports events, construction development, fashion and textiles… Students joined workshops with professionals from these companies in small groups and did presentations after their workshops. Another group of students went to the Houses of Parliament to visit the House of Commons and watch a debate.

Employment and university readiness was also the main theme for the Year 11s Enrichment Day. They had a CV writing workshop with professionals, did mock interviews and received tips for applying for jobs. White Hat joined the whole group of Year 11s to tell them about apprenticeship opportunities and emphasised the importance of authenticity and being articulate about their skills when applying. Some of Year 11s went to the Shard offices and after a workshop they pitched their product ideas including, full body umbrella, butter stick, l.e.d. slippers and multipurpose glasses.

Sixth Formers also had a busy schedule and they managed to have a very productive Enrichment Day with lots of praise from the professionals they worked with. Arma Partners, Sapphire Solutions and Mondrian Hotel Dining Experience were some of the business partners who hosted our Sixth Formers and worked with them. Sixth Formers spent valuable time at the Department for Education debating Brexit in the Minister for Education’s private office. Another group went to the International Institute for Environment and Development. They had a fantastic day networking and taking part in a challenge to find solutions to a development problem. The Institute representatives said “It was great to meet the next generation of sustainable development change-makers!”