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Sixth Form > Enrichment



Enrichment Life at West Derby School Sixth Form does not start and end in the classroom. In order to enhance your Sixth Form experience we offer a wide ranging enrichment programme every Wednesday afternoon. Enrichment will strengthen any future university or employment applications, show you in a broader light and help you to stand out from the crowd. Activities Include:

Organisation Activities
Realising Opportunities WDS has continued it successful partnership with the University of Liverpool and Realising Opportunities (RO). Realising Opportunities is a wider participation scheme which promotes and supports the progression of talented students into leading research intensive universities. The RO Programme aims to develop skills and provide support and information to help students make informed decisions about their future. 19 Year 12 students have joined the programme this year (an increase of 12 from last), the entry criteria for this programme included 8 A*-B GCSE grades. Consideration for students in receipt of FSM, PP, 16-19 Bursary and Postcode also played a part in the selection process. Students will visit several universities this year and take part in residential trips during the Easter holidays.
National Citizenship Service National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once–in-a-lifetime part-residential experience open to all 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. The programme helps young people build skills for work and life while taking on exciting challenges, making new friends and contributing to their community.
NCS runs outside term time and is delivered by a network of quality assured youth and community organisations. There are no cost implications for a school or college to support the programme and government backing ensures participants pay a maximum of £50 for a place. Bursaries are available for those unable to meet the cost and support is provided for students with additional needs.
Career Ready Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. 
We offer a structured programme of study for 16-19 year olds that sits alongside students’ school or college coursework. It is delivered by employer volunteers who provide masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help our students compete with the best in the country. Career Ready gives students with little family background of higher education or professional careers the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. Through volunteering for Career Ready employers get the chance to develop their own management skills and find the next generation of talented employees.
Oxbridge Collaborative Local MP, Stephen Twigg is keen to ensure that young people in his constituency are given encouragement, support and access to opportunities that will enhance their career prospects and life experiences. With this in mind Mr Twigg met with local schools, including WDS to discuss plans on how students can best be supported when applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. After the initial meeting, 6 WDS Sixth Form students were selected based on their outstanding GCSE results to take part in the initiative. Six Year 10 students were also selected to take part, again based on academic merit. A fabulously attended launch event was held at St John Bosco Arts College for students and parents. A former Cambridge student gave a talk along with representatives from different Liverpool schools.
Sixth Form Leadership Team The SFLT members are nominated by peers in their tutor group. This group of students meets regularly to discuss issues that students face within school. Feedback is then provided to all tutor groups during form time.
Work Experience Work experience plays an integral part in developing successful learners. We offer students the opportunity to take part in work experience during their Sixth Form programme of study. All students are scheduled to have interviews with Career Connect to ascertain career support required. Students are encouraged to organise their own work placement with support from WDS. If a student is struggling with securing a work placement we will assist in any way possible.
3AAA Apprenticeships 3AAA is an outstanding training provider of Apprenticeships in England, specialising in the delivery of Professional Services Apprenticeships such as Technology, Web and Social Media, Digital Marketing, Accountancy, Financial Services and Business Administration. They are a national company offering a personalised, local service in over 40 locations across England as we look to change the lives of young people through our work with local employers recruiting apprentices and helping these young people to find a pathway into the career of their dreams.
LJMU Shadowing Prospective students in Year 12 and above have the opportunity to sample over 60 undergraduate programmes and work alongside academic staff and current students.
During Subject Insight Days, running from January to April 2016, students and staff visit University teaching facilities and take part in lectures, practical workshops and laboratory sessions.
Further Mathematics A-level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics. It may be studied alongside or after taking A‑level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject.
Pathways to the Legal Profession Pathways to the Legal Profession is designed to offer help and advice to year 12 students from the local area in the different ways to pursue a career in law. A degree in law is not the only way to enter the profession; apprenticeships are becoming more widely available and popular for those who are concerned about the burden of debt that comes with studying at University, and of course there are other routes, such as by initially qualifying as a legal executive.  To date, over 150 students and teachers from 20 schools across Merseyside have booked places to attend the event.
Educational Visits Participating in educational visits means more than simply leaving the school grounds. Educational trips should always have a major educational element, but the impact of Educational trips can extend much further. The importance of Educational trips includes giving students the chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, experience new environments and enjoy a day away from the classroom. WDS is proud to offer a wide variety of educational visits throughout the academic year.
Reading Enrichment Scheme Year 12 students are 'buddied up' with a Year 7 student to support their reading activity and help them overcome any barriers to fostering an enjoyment of reading for pleasure. These students meet once a week and read together. Mrs Speed keeps a record of progress and provides suitable reading material and information for students.  All students receive a reading induction lesson from Mrs Speed before they participate on the scheme.
Unilever apprenticeships Unilever apprenticeships combine on-the-job experience and formal training to give students the knowledge and skills to kick-start a career.
Unifrog As we continually develop our IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) offered to all students, we have invested in an online application called Unifrog. Unifrog helps schools deliver their statutory duty to provide students with impartial and independent guidance on their full range of options. The tool is particularly helpful because it maintains a comprehensive set of the UK’s University courses and Apprenticeship Vacancies, and it also pulls together the widest set of data on which to compare these opportunities. We believe that this application will meet the needs of all our students particularly well as the vast majority of our leavers pursue studies at University or apprenticeships. We also hope to expand use of the programme with Year 11 students.
Voluntary Work/Active citizenship WDS encourages active citizenship amongst its students.   We believe that by encouraging and supporting our students to build positive relationships with their community they will develop a sense of social responsibility which they will carry into their adult lives. Taking on a voluntary role also affords our students the opportunity to develop new skills and make a valuable contribution to their community.  Skills developed and knowledge gained can be utilised in other aspects of their lives and included in CVs and personal statements. Ways in which our students have become involved include taking part in voluntary activities, community organisations and engagement with local politics. So far our students have volunteered to provide Christmas hampers for pensioners in the local community and put on a Christmas Bingo at a local Nursing home, raising money to provide prizes. Several of our students volunteer for Community charities that support the old and the young, including YPAS, Tuebrook Hope Centre and the Norris Green Youth Centre.  We also encourage students to support the teaching and learning within the school where they provide essential support to students and staff by acting as positive role models and peer mentors.  Several of our students were offered the opportunity to actively participate in the Schools Parliament where they were asked to take part in debates and campaigns at Liverpool Council’s Chambers.
Aside from Wednesday’s enrichment lesson, opportunities to widen your experience and interest will be made available alongside your studies. We encourage students to offer support to pupils in our lower school. Our key stage 3 and 4 support programme includes paired reading activities in the library, sports mentors assisting in PE lessons, one-to-one support sessions in music and drama and much more. You will also be given the opportunity to have your voice heard within the school by joining our highly successful student council, the Sixth Form Leadership team (SFLT). This cross-year group works cooperatively in the best interests of all students at WDS.


West Derby School
364 West Derby Road
Liverpool L13 7HQ
Headteacher : Sian Graham Contact Member of Staff : Lorraine Rigby
Chair of Governors : Karen Callant SENCO : Helen Howe



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Travelling By Car: Visitor parking is off Bankfield Road
Travelling By Train: Broad Green/Wavertree Technology Park.
By Bus: From Liverpool city centre – Numbers 15, 13 and 12 routes

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