Academic support and extension

Staff are always happy to assist pupils on a 1:1 basis. The following sessions run regularly to help pupils consolidate or extend their work in the classroom.

The table below shows sessions for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Name of session Who is it for Where When Staff involved Additional Info
Art – Life Drawing L6th, U6th A3 Monday 4.00-5.30 Mr Davies Six week series during Autumn term – dates TBC
Art History Club (Art Matters) 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th A3 Monday 4.00-5.00 Mr Davies and Dr Kamplemann Aimed at all interested in art and design, architecture, cultural history
Art Support 1st, 2nd, 3rd A1/A3/A4 Ongoing and continuous, lunchtimes, breaks, (some) after school All teachers  An opportunity for pupils to see their teacher outside of the classroom and to continue work
Astronomy GCSE 3rd upwards P4 Thursday 4.00 Mr Shaw, Mrs Dawson and Mrs Hird Every two years we take a cohort – two year course. An application is required
Creative Cuisine 1st T5 Tuesday and Wednesday 4.00-5.00 Miss Hodkinson  
Masterchef   T4   Mrs Groves  
Engineering Education Scheme L6th T1 TBC Mr McKinna-Whitby  
Renshaw Engineering Challenge L6th T1 TBC Mr McKinna-Whitby  
Young Enterprise for Britain L6th T1 TBC Mr McKinna-Whitby  
Arkwright Scholarships 5th   Autumn term Mr Young £600 bursary available for materials
Business and Economics Extension L6th, U6th W11 Tuesday 1.10-1.40 Miss Curl Available weekly for all Business/Economics students
Business and Economics Help Club L6th, U6th W10 Friday 1.10-1.40 Mr Phillips Available weekly for all Business/Economics students
Visiting Speakers L6th, U6th Library Half termly Miss Curl and Mr Phillips Please see bulletin and poster for details about topics and dates
Economics Conference U6th Economists Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School January 2018 Miss Curl IEA Conference offering a number of lectures on a range of current economic issues
Book Club Lower School 1st, 2nd, 3rd Library Alternate Tuesday and Wednesday 1.00 Mrs Jones  
Symposium   Library Thursday 1.00 Miss Stevenson  
Library Events All Library As advertised – sign up in the Library   Aurthor visits/literary events and competitions
Café Sci 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Library As advertised (drop in) Library staff Talks by internal and external speakers on science topics
Chemistry Clinic 1st, 2nd, 3rd C5 Monday lunchtime Chemistry staff Supervised staff on rotation and by Sixth form helpers
Chemistry CREST Bronze Award 3rd C1 Wednesday 1.05-1.35 Miss Chandler Regular commitment. Involves completing a science project over a couple of terms
Chemistry CREST Silver Award 5th C2 Wednesday 1.05-1.30 Miss Berry Regular commitment. Involves completing a science project over a couple of terms
Extension Chemistry U6th C3 Yellow Wednesday, Blue Thursday 4.00 Dr Glarvey Looking at chemistry beyond the A-level qualification, preparing for Olympiads
Support “Moles Club” 4th C6 Tuesday 12.30-1.00 Nov-May Dr Glarvey Support towards section 1 of IGCSE
Chemistry Support 5th C5 Wednesday 1.05-1.35 from Nov Mrs Britton Various support and revision of the topics covered in Fourth Year.  Additional class revision
Chemistry Club 1st, 2nd, 3rd C2 Wednesday lunch Miss Berry Carrying out a variety of different experiments
BMAT L6th C5 Thursday 4.00 Sept- Nov Miss Berry Preparation for BMAT
Fifth Year Extension 5th C5 From January TBC Miss Hindley Chemistry beyond GCSE
Lower Sixth Extension L6th C5 From November TBC Miss Berry Chemistry beyond A-level. Further reading discussions
Medical Society L6th, U6th C5 Friday 1.05-1.35
U6th: Sept-Jan,   L6th: Jan-July 
Mrs Britton Discuss Medical Ethics and preparation for University application
Classics Extension 5th, L6th, U6th W16 Blue Thursday 4.00-5.00 Mr Thorley Discussion on a range of aspects of the Classical world. Just turn up
Book Club   L6th, U6th and Staff Library Once every half term Thursday 8.10 Mr Thorley Just turn up preferably having read the book
Classics Play L6th W16 Mondays and Blue Wednesdays 4.00 Audition process in Sept Performances in Feb
Beginners Greek 4th W14 Wednesday 1.10-1.35 Dr Zanda Regular commitment. Preparation for GCSE so commitment necessary
GCSE Greek 5th W16 Yellow Thursday 4.00 and Blue Thursday 1.05-1.35 Mr Thorley and Miss Sutton Following on from Fourth Year beginners’ Greek. GCSE sat at the end of Fifth Year
Minimus 5th, L6th, U6th W15 Wednesday 12.30 Mr Thorley Junior School pupils volunteer and brought across by older pupils to take part
Critical Thinking L6th, U6th RP2 Tuesday 1.05-1.35 Mr Swann Regular commitment required. Open to all but would benefit those who are considering applying for a University course that requires applicants to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment or other Admissions Tests in Nov
Middle School Extension Reading 3rd, 4th, 5th W5 Thursday 1.05-1.35  Mr Sallabank Discuss cult fiction
Sixth Form Extension Reading L6th, U6th W4 Monday 1.05-1.35 Mrs Cope Discuss literature of pupils’ choice
Poetry by Heart All W8   Mrs Suttle and Miss Macdonald Prepare for national poetry competition
Creative Writing All W8 Thursday 1.00 Miss Macdonald  
Lower School English Support 1st, 2nd,3rd W2 Friday 1.00 Mrs Mulholland Drop in with a piece of work for additional help
Extension English U6th W4/W6 Monday 4.00 and  Thursday 4.00 Mrs Cope and Mr Johnson University preparation
Non-Fiction Book Club 1st, 2nd, 3rd W6 Tuesday 1.00 Mr Johnson Discuss non-fiction of pupils’ choice
IGCSE French Role Play 5th L9 Tuesday 1.00 Mr Lorentz Begins after trial exams. We do past paper role plays and discuss strategies 
IGCSE French Listening Practice 5th L9 Friday 1.00 Mrs Belshaw Begins after trial exams. We work through IGCSE past papers
French Extension (Literature) 5th, L6th, U6th L8 Blue Wednesday 8.00 Miss Gibson We will read the novel ‘Un Sac de Billes’ by Joseph Joffo 
French Extension (Grammar) L6th, U6th L8 Wednesday 1.05 Mr Lorentz We study advanced grammar beyond the syllabus
French Conversation All years L3 TBC See French Assistant Miss Dominique Le Blanc Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant.  Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of Sept when assistant arrives
German Extension (Literature) 5th, L6th, U6th L8 Blue Thursday 1.05 Miss Gibson We will be reading the novel ‘Ich fühle mich so fifty-fifty’ by König
IGCSE German Role Play Club 5th L5 Wednesday 1.00 Mrs Christmann After trial exams. We do past papers
German – catch up for new pupils 2nd who are new to SGS L1 TBC Miss Gibson Beginners class for pupils who have not studied German before
IGCSE German listening practice 5th  L9 Tuesday 1.00 Mrs Morgan French IGCSE listening practice
German Film and Culture  5th, L6th, U6th L8 Tuesday 1.05 Mrs Christmann We watch German films and discuss German history and culture
German Conversation All years L3 TBC See German assistant Mr Jan-Erik Rohl Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant.  Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of Sept when assistant arrives
GCSE Spanish Listening and Reading Practice 5th  L4 Thursday 1.05 Mrs Psaila-Harris After trial exams extra help with past papers
Spanish Club 1st, 2nd L1 Friday 12.30 Mrs Cole We do quizzes & games. We learn about Spanish culture. There is a chance to speak to Spanish assistant
Spanish Conversation All years L4 TBC See Spanish assistant Miss Alba Mateos Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant.  Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of Sept when assistant arrives
MFL Help Session All pupils of French and German L4 Friday 12.30 Miss Gibson Pupils should come along with a particular query/problem which they need help with
History Support  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th All rooms Ongoing and continuous, lunchtimes, breaks, after school All teachers will be involved in the clinic An opportunity for pupils to see their teacher outside of the classroom and to clarify issues that have arisen from class or homeworks
History Extension English History L6th, U6th W22 Every other week,    blue Thursday Dr Smith An opportunity to examine other areas of the new A-level course in greater depth.We will look at primary resources as well as articles and film interpretations of Charles I, Civil War, Cromwell and Restoration
History publication L6th, U6th Sixth Form Spring term Mr Stone An opportunity to write an article for the third edition of the in-house publication, as well as edit articles
History Extension Russian History L6th, U6th W22 Every other week,  yellow Thursday Dr Smith An opportunity to examine areas of the new A-level course in greater depth. We will look at interpretations of Russian History, as well as film and wider reading
GCSE IT Support    CR1 As and when staff are available Mr Flaherty By arrangement with individual teachers
  CR2 Mr Clarke
Computing Club All years CR1     Monday 1.05-1.35 Mr Flaherty Regular commitment required. Developing computing skills
Fibonacci Fridays 1st, 2nd, 3rd M3 Friday 12.30-1.00  Mrs Marshall, Mrs Reevell, Mrs Taylor, Miss Mills Drop in for extra Maths help
Maths Support (Middle and Upper School) 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th M8 Tuesday 4.00 Mrs Larkin, Mrs Lammas, Dr Hamilton or Mrs Evans Pupils should bring something with them
Further Maths GCSE Practice 5th M1 Friday 1.10 Miss Higgins For pupil who are on course for A* GCSE to consolidate
Oxbridge Preparation U6 M2 Monday 4pm Dr Hamilton For pupils who need to sit MAT, PAT or STEP exams
Cryptography National Cypher Challenge 5th, L6, U6 M9 Starts in October  Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham, Miss Mills There will be some practice sessions before the competition starts. National Competition run by Southampton University. Takes place Thursday after school
Alan Turning Cryptography Competition 4th CR3 Starts in January Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham, Miss Mills Competition organised by Manchester University
Oxbridge Engineering L6th, U6th M10 Monday 1.05 starting Jan Mr Bowles  
Turing Tuesdays 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th M6 Tuesday 3.50-4.50 Mrs Larkin, Mrs Evans, Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham, Mrs Reevell, Dr Hamilton and Miss Mills Extra Maths help/drop-in
Senior Team Maths Challenge L6th, U6th Governors’ Room Thursday 8.30-9.10 Mr Cheslett Practise for competition on 14 Nov 2017
National Cipher Challenge 4th upwards M9 Thursdays Oct-Dec Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham and Miss Mills See Mr Frankland for details
Maths Support L6th, U6th M1/M2 Starts in September Miss Higgins For pupils who need help with Applied Maths or cannot attend the Tuesday session. Pupils can still do this when not doing GCSE Stats 
Maths help 1st, 2nd, 3rd M11 Monday 12.30-1.00 Mrs Evans Drop in for extra Maths help
Middle School Extension 4th, 5th   Monday 12.30-1.05 Mrs Reevell  
GCSE Stats 4th M9  Monday 4,00 Mr Frankland, Miss Higgins, Mrs Taylor, Dr Hamilton See Mr Frankland
Pythagorus Puzzle Club 1st, 2nd M3 Tuesday 1.05 Mrs Marshall, Miss Mills, Miss Higgins, Mrs Larkin  
Maths Olympiad for girls 5th, L6th, U6th M1 Thursday lunchtime Mr Cheslett Practise for competition on 5 Oct 2017
Senior Maths Challenge 5th, L6th, U6th Main hall   Mr Cheslett Practice for competition on 7 Nov 2017
Philosophy Extension Classes L6th, U6th RP2 Wednesday periods 4 and 5 (alternate, depending on Games sessions) Mr Swann Extending philosophical learning beyond the curriculum
Lower School Philosophy Club 1st, 2nd, 3rd RP1 Yellow Wednesdays  1.05-1.35 Mr Swann Regular commitment required. An opportunity to discuss and debate some of the big questions, and to help develop your thinking skills
Physics Extension   U6th Physics P2 Yellow Tuesday period 3 Blue week Friday 4.00 Mrs Fenton PAT prep
U6 Engineers P2 Yellow Wednesday 4.00, Blue Wednesday and Thursday 1.05 Mrs Dawson/Mr Killey General Physics and Engineering Extension
L6th P1 2nd term TBC Mrs Dawson  
5th P4 2nd term TBC Mrs Fenton  
3rd P4 3rd term Mrs Dawson  
Physics Revision 5th a low mock grade   2nd term – half term TBC Mrs Dawson  This is offered to certain individuals
5th   2nd term – half term TBC Mrs Dawson Open to all Fifth Year physicists
L6th   2nd term – half term TBC Mrs Fenton  
U6th   2nd term – half term TBC Mrs Fenton  
Physics drop in session All years P5 Friday 12.30 All teachers  
Psychology timed essay U6th W18 Monday 4.00 Miss Barton The title of the essay is written on the notice board in both W17 and W18
Psychology Aspire U6th W18 Tuesday 4.00 Miss Barton For pupils who want to study Psychology at University, or want to discuss psychology topics in greater depth
Psychology Aspire L6th W18 Wednesday 4.00 Mr Buxton-Cope For pupils who want to study Psychology at University, or want to discuss psychology topics in greater depth
Psychology catch-up For pupils who are late with their work W18 Monday lunchtime Miss Barton Pupils will be informed if they have to attend
Psychology Clinic Any pupils wanting additional support W18 Thursday lunchtime Miss Barton or Mr Buxton-Cope This will commence when Ms Barton has completed her induction
Psychology and English Film Club L6th, U6th   Wednesday afternoon See Mr Buxton-Cope Opportunity to watch films which relate to topics being studied
Psychology Mentoring For C/D and B/C pupils W18   See Miss Barton Pupils will meet with Ms Barton and Mr Buxton-Cope in a mutual free