The School believes strongly that learning extends well beyond the classroom and that an outstanding education should offer all students an extensive range of enrichment activities, which will support them to be successful in life. Alongside an academically rigorous, challenging and thought-provoking curriculum, extra-curricular activities are on offer at lunchtime and after school. These activities provide opportunities for students to learn new skills, make new friends and develop their confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Some of our most popular extra-curricular activities include Cultural Fusion Show, Super Learning Days, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, residential trips to Europe, Sports clubs, Careers Fairs, Science Club, visiting authors, speakers and visits to museums and galleries.
‘Enrichment is increasingly understood as having a potentially significant impact on the intellectual, social and psychological well-being of students.’ - Bowdoin USA
In addition, one activity the School strongly encourages and which is within the grasp of every student, is reading. Curriculum time is devoted to develop reading skills and a love of reading through the DEAR [Drop Everything and Read] with all students, Years 7 – 9, reading for half an hour every day during the school week. The well-resourced school library with over 10,000 books, a variety of magazines and newspapers, is available to all students.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. The DoE Award Scheme has become a prominent part of School life and we are delighted to offer a high quality, exciting programme for students in Years 10 to 13. In Year 10, students have the opportunity to complete the Bronze Level and Year 12 students have the opportunity to take on the Silver Challenge.
In a competitive world, having a well-developed set of skills could set you apart from others in the workplace. Participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme develop the skills and attitudes needed to become fully rounded and confident adults – qualities that colleges, universities and employers value.
WHY DO THE AWARD?
Students will learn new skills, develop teamwork skills, experience adventure in rural environments and enjoy a great sense of achievement by overcoming challenges.
With assistance from our staff, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey
To assist all students in participating in the award, the school will be able to provide tents, rucksacks, rolls mats and cooking stoves for all students. Students will need to bring their own clothing and food for the expeditions. However, students will not need to purchase expensive walking boots or waterproofs; trainers and sports jackets will be more than adequate.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Main Site: http://www.dofe.org/
eDofE – Online Award Management Site: https://www.edofe.org/login
Debating at Heston
The School’s passionate debating society was created on the foundations of free speech and critical thought – integral elements of our values. We provide an environment to discuss and debate on current affairs, ranging from politics and economics to societal issues and international relations.
The Debating Society enhances students’ communication skills and ability to think quickly, challenge existing views and open up new ideas and arguments. This equips them for high quality, well-reasoned decision making in their professional and personal lives as well as furthering their understanding of the ever-evolving world in which they live.
This Society affords all of our students, from Year 7 to Year 13, the exciting opportunity to discuss their views and ideas in a safe, respectful and democratic manner.
To access current topics: http://debatingmatters.com/topicguides/
To debate online and read the opinions of others: www.debate.org
To participate in discussions: http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/connect/our-debates
To watch debates at the UK Parliament: https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/watch-committees-and-debates/
At Heston Community School, we believe in excellence. Heston is an inclusive school where the principle that every child really does count is fully embraced. Our Most Able strategy reflects this by providing opportunities for all students to be successful. Knowing students' individual needs is crucial so that we are able to develop classroom strategies to ensure we maximise the potential of our Most Able. Working with students and parents is key to its success; therefore, we endeavour to ensure that we keep parents informed of the steps taken to support their child.
Our students, identified as Most Able, are expected to achieve a grade 7 or above by the end of Year 11, progress to Post 16 Study and to allow them to attend the top universities for their chosen subject area.
Our enrichment activities, whilst available to all, will be used to stretch and challenge our Most Able students.
Our Strategies include:
- Opportunities for the Most Able beyond the classroom in activities such as debating, trips and visiting speakers
- Raising aspirations through a Russell Group Pathways Club that prepares students for applications to the top universities