In the period from September 2016 to July 2017, the Trust completed 3,599 external events and activities that have helped to extend the curriculum and to develop our pupils into confident and ambitious young people. These activities form an integral part of our overall ‘Enrichment’ programme. In the last year, the Trust completed over 98,000 participant days – a very impressive figure and one which underscores our strong commitment to learning beyond the classroom.
Personal development is very high on the agenda at all of our academies and pupils have the opportunity to take part in a progressive range of activities that will build their leadership and communications skills, confidence, motivation and self-esteem. As a Trust, we also believe passionately in the benefits to our young people of learning in challenging outdoor environments and we have very close links with the Outward Bound Trust centres in Wales and the Lake District. The benefits to the pupils in terms of leadership, social and community development, building character, and improving their overall life chances, are profound and long lasting.
We are very proud of our extensive links with local businesses. Indeed, our partnerships with Experian, DHL (UK), intu Properties, Ikano Bank, Capital One, Browne Jacobson and the Business in the Community programme, have all flourished and provide our pupils with excellent enrichment and development opportunities through mentoring support, sponsorship, work experience, apprenticeship schemes, financial management training and life skills.
Our secondary academies offer pupils the chance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Similar positive links have also been developed with the emergency services, road safety partnerships, local youth organisations and the Armed Forces. All our extended opportunities provide invaluable training and encouragement to enable our pupils to reach their full potential in the classroom and to develop their aspiration and employability in the future.