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Academic Support and Extension


We offer an exciting range of academic societies to expand pupils’ learning and to develop their curiosity and enthusiasm. The sessions run regularly to help pupils consolidate or extend their work in the classroom.

Staff are always happy to assist pupils on a 1:1 basis.

The table below shows the sessions for the 2018-2019 academic year. Sessions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be announced in due course.

Name of Session Who is it for Where When How to get involved Additional Info
Art – Life Drawing 6th Form A2 Monday 4pm Mr Davies, Mrs Upton, Mrs Vernon, Dr Kamplemann 6 week series during Autumn term – dates TBC
Art History Club (Art Matters) All Year groups A3 Thursday 1pm Mr Davies/Dr Kamplemann Informal discussion group looking at topics linked to art theory and practice
Art Support First to Third Year A1 /A3 /A4 Ongoing & continuous, lunchtimes, breaks, (some) after school All teachers An opportunity for pupils to use the department to seek assistance and continue the work they have completed in their lesson
GCSE Support Fourth and Fifth Year A1/A3 Monday & Wednesday 4pm Mr Davies, Mrs Upton Coursework catch-up and session for GCSE pupils
Astronomy GCSE Third Year upwards P4 Wednesday 12.30pm, Thursday 4pm Mr Shaw, Mrs Dawson, Miss Moore Every 2 years we take a cohort – 2 year course. An application is required
Creative Cuisine First Year T4 Yellow Wednesday 4pm Miss Hodkinson
Mini Christmas Cake Club First Year T4 Monday 1pm Miss Hodkinson From November to December
Christmas Cake Club Second to Fifth Year T5 Wednesday 4pm Mrs Oddy From November to December
Ready Steady Bake Second to Fifth Year T5 Blue Wednesday 4pm Mrs Oddy
Molecular Gastronomy All year groups T5 Monday 1pm Miss Hodkinson Summer half term
Lunchtime drop in sessions Fourth and Fifth Year T4 /T5 All lunchtimes 1pm Miss Hodkinson / Mrs Oddy See bulletin for specific topics or arrange with your teacher when needed
Arkwright Scholarships Fifth Year Autumn term Mr Young £600 bursary available for materials
Triumph Design Awards 6th Form T1 Autumn & Spring terms See Mr Young, Mr Whitby or Mrs Tadman
GCSE Extra Sessions Fifth Year T1 & T8 All year See Mr Young, Mr Whitby or Mrs Tadman
A level Extra Sessions 6th Form T1 & T8 All year See Mr Young, Mr Whitby or Mrs Tadman
Business & Economics drop in/Extension 6th Form W10 Monday 1.10pm during Spring & Summer Terms Attend drop in/extension Available weekly to Sixth Form Business/Economics pupils
Business & Economics drop in/Extension 6th Form W10 Yellow Tuesday 1.10pm during Autumn Term Attend drop in/extension Available weekly to Sixth Form Business/Economics pupils
Business & Economics Club Fifth Year W11 Blue Tuesday 1.10pm during Autumn Term See Miss Curl Available fortnightly for Fifth years who are interested in taking Economics in Sixth Form
IGCSE Business drop-in Fourth and Fifth Year W11 Tuesday 1.10pm during all terms Attend drop in Available weekly for all pupils taking IGCSE Business Studies. This session will be used to complete timed exam style questions
Business & Economics drop in/Extension 6th Form W10 Thursday 1.10pm during all terms Attend drop-in/extension Available weekly to all Sixth Form Business/Economic pupils
Business & Economics Support 6th Form W10 /W11 Miss Curl will contact you Miss Curl/Mr Phillips Pupils will meet with Miss Curl & Mr Phillips to go over timed exam style questions where pupils have under-performed
Visiting Speakers 6th Form Library Half Termly Miss Curl/Mr Phillips See bulleting & posters for details about topics & dates
Library Events All Library As advertised Sign up in the Library Author visits/literary events and competitions
Book Club First to Third Year Library Yellow Wednesday 1pm Mrs Newsome – Sign up in the Library
Spotlight Talks All years Library Tuesday & Thursday 1pm – as advertised See Library Staff Talks by internal & external speakers on Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Clinic First to Third Year C5 Monday 12.30pm Drop in session Supervised staff on rotation and by Sixth form helpers
Chemistry CREST Bronze Award Third Year C1 Wednesday 1pm Regular commitment Miss Chandler Involves completing a science project over a couple of terms
Chemistry CREST Silver Award Fifth Year C2 Wednesday 1pm Regular commitment Miss Berry & Mrs Grey Involves completing a science project over a couple of terms
Chemistry CREST Gold Award 6th Form n/a n/a Miss Berry Independent project
Extension Chemistry U6th C3 Blue Tuesday 1pm, Yellow Tuesday 4pm Dr Glarvey Chemistry beyond the A-level syllabus. Preparation for competitions
Future Chemistry Fifth Year to U6th As advertised As advertised Mrs Grey Reading/discussion with guest authors of academic papers
Chemistry Club First to Third Year C2 Monday 1pm Mr Eeckelaers Variety of different experiments to inspire and intrigue
Medical Society 6th Form C5 Monday 1pm Mrs Britton Discuss Medical Ethics & preparation for university application.
U6th: Sept – Jan, L6th: Jan – July.
Moles Club Fourth and Fifth Year C5 Thursday 12.30pm Dr Glarvey Support with calculations at GCSE
Classics Extension Fifth Year to U6th W16 Yellow Tuesday 4pm. Just turn up Mr Thorley Discussion on a range of aspects of the Classical world
Classics Play L6th W16 Monday & Wednesday 4pm Audition process in September Performances in February
Beginners Greek Fourth Year W14 Wednesday 1.10pm Regular commitment Dr Zanda Preparation for GCSE so commitment necessary
Computer Science drop-in All year groups CR1 Wednesday 12.30pm Mr Flaherty
GCSE Computer Science Workshop Fourth and Fifth Year CR1 Tuesday 1.05pm Mr Flaherty
Computer Science drop-in All year groups CR1 Thursday 12.30pm Mr Flaherty
Animation Club All year groups CR2 Thursday 1.05pm Mr Clarke
Computer Science drop-in All year groups CR2 Tuesday, Wednesday 12.30pm Mr Clarke
Critical Thinking L6th RP1 Spring term Tuesday 1.05pm, regular commitment required Mr Swann 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 November
Middle School Extension Reading Third to Fifth Year W3 Half Termly Mr Jones Discuss cult fiction
Sixth Form Extension Reading 6th Form W4 Monday & Wednesday 1.05pm Mrs Cope / Mr Sallabank Discuss literature of pupils’ choice
Poetry by Heart All W8 Autumn term Mrs Suttle/Miss Macdonald Prepare for national poetry competition
Creative Writing All W8 Friday 1.05pm Mrs Moore, Mrs Cross Enjoy your own writing
Lower School English Support First to Third Year W2 Monday 1.05pm Mrs Mulholland Drop in with a piece of work for additional help
Extension English U6th W4 Monday 4pm Mrs Cope / Mr Johnson University preparation
IGCSE Support First to Third Year W6 Friday 12.30pm Mrs Cope Essay writing skills
IGCSE French Role Play Fifth Year L9 Tuesday 1pm Mr Lorentz / Mr Wilson Begins after trial exams. We do past paper role plays and discuss strategies
IGCSE French Listening Practice Fifth Year L9 TBC Mrs Belshaw Begins after trial exams. We work through IGCSE past papers
French Literature Club Fifth Year to U6th L8 TBC Mr Wilson We read extracts from famous French authors
French Extension (Grammar) 6th Form L8 Wednesday 1.05 Mr Lorentz We study advanced grammar beyond the syllabus
French Conversation All years L3 TBC See French Assistant Ysabel Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant. Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of Sept when assistant arrives
IGCSE German Role Play Club Fifth Year L5 Wednesday 1.05pm Mrs Christmann After trial exams. We do past papers
German – catch up for new pupils Second yr pupils who are new to SGS L1 TBC Miss Gibson Beginners class for pupils who have not studied German before
IGCSE German listening practice Fifth Year L9 TBC Mrs Morgan French IGCSE listening practice
Deutsche Konversation für die 11. Klasse Fifth Year L8 Tuesday 1.05pm Mrs Christmann German conversation for Fifth Years
German Conversation for Lower School All years L3 TBC See German assistant Lyn Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant. Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of Sept when assistant arrives
IGCSE Spanish Listening Practice Fifth Year L4 TBC Mrs Cole After trial exams extra help with past papers
IGCSE Spanish Role-play Club Fifth Year L4 TBC Mrs Psaila-Harris After Trial exams. Exam role-play practice
Spanish Club First to Third Year L1 Friday 12.30pm Mrs Cole We do quizzes & games. We learn about Spanish culture. There is a chance to speak to Spanish assistant
Spanish Conversation Fifth Year L4 Tuesday 1.05pm See Spanish assistant Alonso Opportunity for informal conversation with assistant. Time will be posted on the door of L3 from end of September when assistant arrives
Spanish Help Sessions Third year upwards L9 Friday 1.10pm Mrs Psaila-Harris
Spanish Extension 6th Form L7 Thursday 1.10pm Mrs Psaila-Harris We look at literature, poetry & translation skills beyond the syllabus
Spanish Extension Third to Fifth Year L9 Wednesday 1.10pm Mrs Cole Spanish culture. songs, films, TV programmes & festivals beyond the syllabus
MFL Help Session All year groups L4 Friday 12.30pm Miss Gibson Pupils should come along with a particular query/problem which they need help with
Geography GCSE Support Fifth Year G4 Yellow Friday 12.55pm Mr Cooke Going over topics done in Fourth year (Fourth Year welcome – speak to your teacher)
Geography GCSE Support Fifth Year G4 Blue Thursday 12.55pm Mrs Miles Going over topics done in Fourth year  (Fourth Year welcome – speak to your teacher)
Geography GCSE Support Fifth Year G1 Blue Tuesday Miss Perkins Going over topics done in Fourth year (Fourth Year welcome – speak to your teacher)
Geography A-level Support 6th Form G4 Monday 3.50pm Mr Cooke
Geography in Art First to Third Year G1 Thursday 12.30pm Miss Perkins
History Support First to Fifth Year All rooms Ongoing & 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 & to clarify issues that have arisen from class or homeworks
History Extension English History 6th Form 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 & film interpretations of Charles I, Civil War, Cromwell & Restoration
History publication 6th Form Sixth Form Spring term Mr Stone An opportunity to write an article for the second edition of the in-house publication, as well as edit articles
History Extension Russian History 6th Form 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 & wider reading
Fibonacci Fridays First to Third Year M3 Friday 1.05pm see Mrs Marshall, Mrs Reevell, Miss Mills Drop in for extra Maths help
Maths Support (Middle & Upper School) Fourth Year to U6th M6/M8 Monday & Tuesday 4pm See any Maths teacher Pupils should bring something with them
Oxbridge Preparation U6th M2 Tuesday 4pm Dr Hamilton For pupils who need to sit MAT, PAT or STEP exams
Alan Turning Cryptography Competition Third to Fifth Year CR3 Monday 4pm Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham, Miss Mills Competition organised by Manchester University
Oxbridge Engineering 6th Form M10 Monday 1.05pm Mr Bowles
Senior Team Maths Challenge 6th Form Governors’ Room Thursday 8.30am Practise for competition on 14.11.17
National Cipher Challenge Fourth Year upwards M9 Thursday 4pm Mr Frankland, Mr Prudham, Miss Mills See Mr Frankland for details
Maths Support Fourth Year to U6th M8 Starts in September Miss Higgins & Mrs Lammas For pupils who need help with Applied Maths or cannot attend the Tuesday session
Maths help First to Third Year M11 Monday 12.30pm Mrs Evans Drop in for extra Maths help
GCSE Statisics All year groups M1 Monday 4pm Miss Mills, Mr Frankland, Dr Hamilton, Mr Prudham
GCSE Statistics Fifth Year M2 Monday 4pm Mr Frankland, Mrs Taylor, Dr Hamilton, Mr Prudham See Dr Hamilton for details
Pythagoras Puzzle Club All year groups M3 Tuesday 1.05pm Mrs Marshall, Miss Higgins, Mrs Larkin, Mrs Evans
Maths Olympiad for girls Fifth Year to U6th M7 Tuesday 1.05pm Miss Mills Practice for competition on 02.10.18
Senior Maths Challenge Fifth Year to U6th Main hall TBC Mr Prudham Practice for competition on 06.11.18
Code Breaking Club First and Second Year M10 Monday 12.40pm See Mrs Taylor
Philosophy Extension Classes 6th Form RP2 Monday 1.05pm Mr Swann & Mr Breffit Extending philosophical learning beyond the curriculum through a study of seminal philosophy texts
Lower School Philosophy Club First to Third Year RP1 Yellow Wednesdays 1.05pm Regular commitment Mr Swann An opportunity to discuss and debate some of the big questions, and to help develop your thinking skills
Admissions Test Preparation Classes U6th RP2 Autumn Term Thursday 3.50pm Mr Swann Preparation for pupils who are to sit a university admissions test that involves a Critical Thinking component
Physics Extension U6 Physics Group 2 P2 Blue Wednesday period 4 / Yellow Wednesday period 5 Mrs Fenton PAT prep
U6 Physics Group 2 P2 Monday 4pm Mrs Dawson General Physics & Engineering Extension
L6 P1 Second term TBC Mrs Dawson
Fifth Year P4 Second term TBC Mrs Fenton
Third Year P4 Third term Mrs Dawson
Physics Revision Fifth Year Second term – half term TBC Mrs Dawson This is offered to certain individuals who achieve a low mock grade.
Fifth Year Second term – half term TBC Mrs Dawson Open to all Fifth Year physicists
6th Form Second term – half term TBC Mrs Fenton
Physics drop in session All years P5 Friday 12.30pm All teachers
Psychology timed essay U6th W18 Monday 4pm Ms Barton The title of the essay is written on the notice board in both W17 & W18
Psychology Help 6th Form W18 Blue Monday 1.10pm Ms Barton
Psychology Aspire L6th W18 Tuesday 1.10pm Ms Barton For pupils who want to study Psychology at University, or want to discuss psychology topics in greater depth
Psychology Aspire U6th W17 Tuesday 1.10pm Mr Buxton-Cope For pupils who want to study Psychology at University, or want to discuss psychology topics in greater depth
Psychology catch-up 6th Form pupils who are late with their work W18 Friday 1.10pm Ms Barton or Mr Buxton-Cope Pupils will be informed if they have to attend
Psychology Clinic 6th Form wanting additional support W18 Friday 1.10pm Ms Barton or Mr Buxton-Cope This will start the week beginning 10.9.18
Psychology Criminology club First to Fourth Year W17 Blue Wednesday  1.10pm Mr Buxton-Cope For younger pupils who are interested in Psychology
Psychology Mentoring 6th Form not achieving their ALIS target grade W18 Yellow Monday 1.10pm Ms Barton/Mr Buxton-Cope will contact you Pupils will meet with Ms Barton & Mr Buxton-Cope to go over topics where pupils need additional support
Psychology Mentoring 6th Form W18 Yellow Monday 1.10pm Mr Buxton-Cope