Sixth Formers at The Royal School are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities in order to broaden their skill set, achieve a balance in work and relaxation, and provide vital evidence of their best attributes to universities and employers.
Be it sports, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh or charity work our students are able to provide real and practical examples of commitment, leadership and resilience; not to mention a willingness to take risks, support others and work as a team.
There is stiff competition for the best university places and career openings and it is these essential personal qualities that help our Year 13 leavers to stand out.
Our sports facilities are second to none and include a purpose-built Physical Education Centre with 25m swimming pool, gymnasium and dance studio. We have a full-size all-weather pitch and a separate football pitch for the First Eleven, plus tennis courts, cricket pitch and a pavilion.
Every Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to sport at The Royal School. The choice is limitless:
CCF runs as an after-school activity and those Sixth Formers who’ve been at the School for GCSE and earlier will already have played an active part in the School’s CCF programme.
CCF is a national scheme run in conjunction with selected schools and designed to offer unique opportunities for young adults. It is a military-based organisation and consists of fitness and teambuilding activities that teach competence in leadership, drill, weapons handling and battle tactics. CCF provides students with a truly unique learning experience that not only helps them to stand apart from other young adults of the same age, but instils confidence and self-discipline. Uniforms and all essential kit are provided by the Army or RAF.
Sixth Formers can volunteer for courses and summer camps held at military bases resulting in qualifications in adventure training, lifeguarding, first-aid and more. Without doubt, every cadet comes back from these life-changing experiences having gained in maturity and self-belief.
The school has an active Rotary Interact Club run in association with two local Rotary groups and with the support of an international network. Interact is primarily involved in raising funds for charitable causes and through this Sixth Formers are able to ‘lead, serve and connect’ at the same time doing something useful and meaningful for others in the spirit of ‘Service before self’. In the past year funds have been raised for three Shelter boxes which are provided to places in the world that suffer from major catastrophe and can be on site in a matter of days.
For example, students may be busy baking for a charitable cake sale; organising a ‘Wear it Yellow’ day or manning a human fruit machine to raise funds for a local hospice and schools in Africa. These activities not only develop personal skills but they also support elements of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme – all useful evidence for inclusion on future job and UCAS applications. The group is run by the students and prepares them well for the world of work, collaboration and committees where a great deal can be achieved and learned.
The Royal has a long established history of working with pupils towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke Of Edinburgh Awards. This challenging award is well recognised by universities and employers as a hallmark of maturity, independence and inner strength and the School has invested heavily in training for the Award and is now an independent licence holder offering Bronze, Silver and Gold. The group meets weekly and covers a range of activities from teambuilding exercises, cooking, map work and navigation.
Those students who’ve been with us through Senior School will usually be working towards their Gold Level by Sixth Form, but it is also possible to start the scheme at Bronze Level in Year 12.
The Debating Society is a very popular among Sixth Formers especially for those who enjoy a good discussion on topical and controversial issues. Debaters also look at the theory of debate, the workings of the British parliamentary system and techniques for improving their own debating skills. Many of our Sixth Form leavers have gone on to become accomplished debaters at university and beyond.
Sixth Formers have the opportunity to put themselves forward as candidates for election onto both Wolverhampton City Youth Council and the United Kingdom Youth Parliament – two democratic institutions where student representatives can be involved in making decisions on real issues affecting their generation. Interested students are encouraged to organise their own pre-election campaign with support from the School. Elections are held in February each year.