Pathways & Enrichment
Gatsby Clause Statement:
Ark Boulton Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
Ark Boulton Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7 to 11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Boulton Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Boulton Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Michael Szwaba with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
For questions on this or Ark Boulton Academy’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Michael Szwaba
Students at Ark Boulton Academy have access to a wide variety of enrichment activities that not only enhance academic learning but widen horizons, providing new experiences and opportunities and increasing aspirations.
Each year we hold six Enrichment Days. On these days we bring the whole school together to try new experiences and develop students’ future study and career aspirations.
We also offer a full programme of after-school activities and as an Ark school, we can offer experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be available to students. For example, every year students from Ark Boulton will travel to London to take part in a special music gala at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. As well as making school life more enjoyable, enrichment gives students the confidence, skills and experience to succeed in the future.
Ark Boulton clubs include sports clubs, library club, journalism club and creative arts clubs. You can see a full timetable here: Enrichment Timetable 2019.
The informed choices website shows different types of degrees people can study at university and the subjects that are good preparation at sixth form or college. This is useful when choosing your Year 9 options, as it will let you know which subjects will help you get onto the degree that interests you.