Enrichment, Clubs and Trips
Lessons are systematically enhanced by using external visitors and workshops spanning a wide range of disciplines and expertise. Workshops not only enrich the curriculum content but develop thinking skills and independent learning skills. Our visitors also act as a great tool for exposing our pupils to the wide range of jobs and careers available to them.
We believe that an important part of our work at Sheldon is the personal and social education of our pupils and nowhere is this more effectively achieved than in the area of extra-curricular activities. Pupils have a wealth of opportunities available to them and we hope that, as well as working hard in the classroom, they will find the time and be enthused to participate in some of the very many activities which are provided by staff volunteers and specialist coaches, usually out of school hours.
Public speaking is a real strength at Sheldon and our pupils consistently perform at the highest levels in local and national competitions. Year 9 students participate in the annual BBC newspaper challenge and pupils broadcast Radio Sheldon from our very own radio studio.
The school’s high standard of music and drama is reflected in regular theatrical productions. The annual Sheldon young musician of the year concert is an opportunity for soloists to showcase their talents. In addition to the school choir and orchestra, Sheldon has a wide range of ensembles. The Sheldon music scheme enables pupils to receive specialist tuition in a number of musical instruments including wind, brass, strings and percussion.
Sheldon pupils can take part in exchange visits with the Schiller School in Hamlyn, Germany, and La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendée region of France. These are very popular ways to learn about European culture, as well as improving linguistic skills.
Pupils in the upper school are able to opt into various outdoor pursuit activities within the curriculum including climbing, canoeing, trekking and caving. Pupils in year 10 have the opportunity to visit the Pencelli outdoor pursuits centre for a week’s activities.
A large number of pupils opt to pursue the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award and Sheldon students are also involved in the demanding Ten Tors Challenge.
Many subjects organise visits to European countries and we have been a UNESCO Associated School since 2010. We also have links with a Jordan school through the British Council as part of our International School work and our British Sign Language club proves to be very popular.
Overseas visits enhance international understanding and our pupils can opt to take part in language exchange visits to France and Germany. This year, some of our GCSE dance students will be visiting New York dance studios and our sixth form expeditions have taken students as far afield as Kenya, Tanzania, Borneo and Namibia.The annual ski visit attracts high numbers.